First, they threatened the pastor. He’s a born-again, godly pastor with a wonderful testimony and graduate of Master’s Seminary in California.
Next, they threw him in jail for violating COVID laws for holding church services.
After fining him and releasing him from jail, the police were at the Spruce Grove church in Edmonton, Alberta before 8 a.m.
Crews could be seen putting fencing up around the building’s perimeter, as well as blocking off several parking stalls. Alberta Health Services physically closed GraceLife Church and has prevented access to the building until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s chief medical officer of health’s (CMOH) restrictions,” AHS said in a statement Wednesday morning.
It appears Satan has a grip on our northern neighbor. Does this mean we won’t be too far behind?
Obeying God Not Man
The pages of history are filled with examples of faithful believers who resolutely obeyed God, even if it meant facing severe repercussions from men.
When Daniel refused to stop praying, he was thrown into a den of lions. When the apostles refused to stop proclaiming the name of Jesus, they were arrested and scourged. When the church father Polycarp refused to renounce Christ, he was burned at the stake. When the Puritan John Bunyan refused to stop preaching, he was put in jail for twelve years. Many other examples could be given, but the point is clear.
To obey God rather than men is not always easy. But it has been the heartbeat of believers in every age.
James Coates is a living illustration of that same kind of resolve. When government officials interfered with his congregation’s ability to meet and worship, James and his fellow elders determined they must choose God over government. That courageous stand came at a cost. James was arrested.
When he appeared before the judge, he was told he would be released if he stopped holding church services as he had been doing. Like Luther at the Diet of Worms, he respectfully answered that he could not do so. His conscience was bound to God and Scripture. As a result, James was imprisoned and treated like a common criminal.
It is clear the Provincial Health Authority of Alberta wants to make an example out of James. But believers across North America should also want to point out his example, because his conduct has truly been exemplary. The church should stand in solidarity with James’ courage and the courage of his church today! We should applaud the unwavering convictions on which that courage is established.
We need to be trusting the Lord in this assault, and continue to pray for our dear brother, his wife, his sons, his fellow elders, and his congregation.
Our prayer is only that, as a result of these bazar circumstances, the message of the gospel will shine forth to the honor of Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria! To God Be The Glory!
The tide is changing! We can feel it and now we can read it. As America runs from God, her new found pride over rejecting God is getting bolder and louder as she seems no longer embarrassed by her arrogance or interested in hiding it from God’s people… or from God!
America, Rejecting God Showing Godless Mindset
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo News is headlined, “Why America’s Record Godlessness is Good News for the Nation.”
In part it reads, “The secularization of U.S. society—the waning of religious faith, practice and affiliation—is continuing at a dramatic and historically unprecedented pace. While many may consider such a development as a cause for concern, such a worry is not warranted. This increasing godlessness in America is actually a good thing, to be welcomed and embraced.”
Are you serious?
As recently as 1976, nearly 40% of Americans said they believed that the Bible was the actual word of God—to be taken literally. Today, only about 20% of Americans believe that. More believe the Bible is a collection of fables, history and tales written by men.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) recently proclaimed that God’s will was of no concern to this Congress. First, the liberals kicked God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and then out of their Democrat National Conventions since 2012. Until recently, they did not make an effort to force the rest of the nation to also abandon God.
Secularization has consequences. Check out nations that have experimented with it: Japan, Scandinavia, Australia, the U.K. and Eastern Europe. How is society functioning in Godless Cuba, Venezuela, China and Russia?
Once God is gone, repression follows.
The article heralding America’s new Godlessness said that now society can embrace abortion, socialized medicine, euthanasia, and gun control.
It reads, “The organic secularization we are experiencing in the United States is a progressive force for good, one that is associated with improved human rights, more protections for planet Earth, and an increased socio-cultural propensity to make this life as fair and just as we can—in the here and now—rather than in a heavenly reward that fewer and fewer of us believe in.”
Does this not foreshadow the words of Luke 18:8: When Christ returns, will He find any of faith?
Government Becomes God
For one hundred years, there has been an effort to make the government god. Starting in 2020, a new and unforeseen element was added that furthered that agenda—fear. Fear of a pandemic.
It became the perfect storm.
Author and blogger Jonathan Brentner writes, “The combination of fear and the great deception of our time, have made vast numbers of people willing to submit to the government, which they now regard as the protector of their health. As a result, they have willingly given up many of their rights and freedoms for the sake of remaining healthy, a trend sure to continue.
“And very few pastors stand up against the restriction regarding the freedom of religion imposed on them by socialist governors.”
Given Over To A Reprobate Mind
Four of the most terrifying words in the Bible are “God gave them over.” (Romans 1:24-28) Because man rejected God, He gave them over to a reprobate mind. We find the same principle in 2 Thessalonians 2, but this time in terms of end-time man’s delusional beliefs. To those who reject God’s truth, He will send them a powerful spirit of delusion allowing them to misjudge what’s actually occurring in the last days. They will believe that what is false is actually true. We are seeing this more and more in our generation!
The Stage is Being Set
Just 50-100 years ago, our churches were filled on Sundays. Even though the Mainline Protestants were in decline, still faithful Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Methodists joyfully sang hymns. The evangelical church was exploding in reaction to the liberalism that had invaded the church.
The thought of a prominent U.S. Congressman stating that our government was not concerned with God’s will was unthinkable!
But 50-100 years ago we were not so late in the game! The shadow of the Tribulation hadn’t yet arrived. Few were even thinking about Antichrist and his looming empire, much less knowingly or unknowingly heralding his coming. Now he is on the horizon. So are the Four Horsemen.
Evil is on its way but so is the Rapture of the Church.
That’s the good news in the midst of this sad story about America.
Jesus is coming soon whether the church today talks about it or not. Jesus is coming whether the godless culture believes it or not. They didn’t believe God would judge the world in Noah’s day either!
Nothing can stop the spiraling events leading the world into God’s great Day of Wrath just as nothing can stop the soon return of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It is imminent. Any minute.
What Lens Are You Looking Through?
How do you see what’s happening in the U.S. and in the world today?
While most are looking to political solutions, the church should focus through the lens of God’s providential dealings with America in the Last-Days.
To reinforce that focus, this article addresses America’s current state of decline.
The Decline of America Happening Fast
God rules over all. He therefore sovereignly controls the birth, lifespan, and demise of every earthly nation including America.
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
While it would be nice if the Bible clearly laid out the role of the United States in the last days, the silence of scripture on this subject may tell us more than we realize. America will no longer be a leader of nations, but a follower. End-time events do not include America as the great international heavyweight it was at the beginning of the twenty first century.
We are already starting to get a better sense of how rapidly the Biden administration is accelerating the decline of America in accordance with Bible prophecy!
I do not believe the U.S. will be a superpower any longer when the 7-year Tribulation begins. As a result, I am expecting the U.S.’s global power and influence to decline between now and the start of the Tribulation.
Although we are still early in how this administration will play out, it should be noted that the unprecedented upheaval during the chaotic demonstrations of 2020 have greatly affected the world’s view toward America. Additionally, the division and turmoil that erupted from the 2020 election fiasco increased the world’s concerns about America to the point where many have already begun to reevaluate the strength of America’s role going forward.
Biden’s order to hang the LGBTQI pride flag next to old glory at every US Embassy around the world has downgraded America’s testimony to a new low. Imagine all the diplomats that are daily visiting or passing by our embassy and staring at the pride flag next to the red, white, and blue. Incredibly sad!
America’s diplomats are being forced to oversee the spread of the LGBTQI agenda as a pillar of American foreign policy. Perception is everything and the perception of a weakened America plays into the hands of the enemy. While America was once known for her passion for souls and spreading the Gospel around the world, she’s now becoming recognized for spreading sin.
In Proverbs 14:34, we read,
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
The verse does not say that America’s past righteousness will exalt us today or tomorrow, nor does it say that our current sin will one day be a reproach in the distant future. It warns us that the sin of America is a reproach today!
The question on my mind for the past several years has been: “In the last days, will America face a gradual decline or a rapid decline?” We will see as time goes on but observing the unprecedented dispatch of Biden’s un-American and ungodly orders has caused me to think more about a rapid decline scenario.
A rapid decline in the U.S.’s power could cause global chaos, especially in the Middle East. A power vacuum in the Mideast created by a weakened U.S. would embolden the key anti-Israel forces of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah and other countries in a bid for regional supremacy. Israel could begin to face more testing and conflicts with its neighbors, as the U.S. may not be able to help (or willing to help) if Israel is under attack.
To prevent Iranian aggression against the Jewish State under Biden, and to thwart Iran’s capacity to achieve nuclear weapons we could see Israel make a surprise preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. This could occur at any time just as they took out the secret nuclear facilities of Iraq (Operation Babylon 1981) and Syria (Operation Outside the Box – 2007). Since Biden has come into office, Prime Minister Netanyahu has been upping the rhetoric about Israel’s willingness to go it alone and take-out Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
Israel’s decision for such a risky move may be determined by their national elections in a few weeks on March 23, 2021. If Benjamin Netanyahu remains in power, Iran will remain cautious. However, if Israel chooses a more liberal Prime Minister, along the lines of Biden, their window to hit Iran will likely close.
If a more liberal ruler comes into power in Israel simultaneously with a liberal U.S. president, the pace of events toward the start of the Tribulation period could dramatically increase. It’s not difficult to imagine a scenario where a liberal U.S. President together with a liberal Prime Minister of Israel would make it their priority to divide the Promised Land and require Israel to vacate the so-called West Bank (Judea and Samaria) for the State of Palestine.
With trillions of dollars wasted over COVID “relief packages” packed with pork, the U.S. national debt will swell this year to nearly $30 trillion. This year alone, the democrats will grow the U.S. budget deficit $3.8 trillion and put the government on a path to spend more money in one year than the previous 200+ years.
Biden and company are set to borrow more money over the next 12 months than the U.S. government borrowed to finance the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War together.
As the debt balloons to eye-popping amounts, it’s becoming easier to see how America could implode under the weight of its unsustainable national debt. A debt-crises scenario would also cripple America’s military capability causing America to passively resign its role as world policeman and signal the end of America as the world’s greatest superpower.
The United States would be forced to adopt a more likely posture of “falling in line” with other nations, not leading. With America sidelined, it leaves the door wide open for the coming beast empire and the rise of Antichrist.
If America continues to decline at its current pace, we could see other countries jump at the opportunity to become regional or global players. For instance, we could see conflict arising from Iran’s friends in North Korea and China with the power vacuum created by a weakened U.S.
Ultimately, I envision America in bad shape by the time of the start of the Tribulation and the rise of Antichrist. The sudden and mysterious removal of millions of Americans in the Rapture could certainly play a big role in contributing to America’s decline overnight just before the start of the Tribulation. With the restrainer removed (2 Thess. 2:7-8) and America removed, the pathway for the rise of the “man of sin” will be cleared (2 Thess. 3:3).
Keep in mind that I’m not a prophet so I don’t know what the exact timeline is as we approach the Tribulation. I believe a rapid decline in the U.S. gets us to the outcome of a weakened America far quicker than a gradual decline. We’ll see what happens, but I am becoming more confident that we have already entered the period of the rapid decline of our nation.
The church needs to discern that, in the sovereignty of God, the next four years could bring us right up to the door of the final 7 years! I’m not saying it will but I believe it is wise to anticipate it might!
For the most part, the church is asleep concerning the serious time of the hour. We need to be praying for the Body of Christ at large and for our local churches to wake-up and not be caught sleeping when the Lord returns.
Where are the preachers today who should be sounding the trumpet we have entered the danger zone? Remember, Jesus warned us this would happen! He said He will come in a time when the world will not anticipate His arrival or be ready!
It is the personal responsibility of every believer to not let that happen to yourself, your family, or your church and to remain on duty as a faithful watchman!
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
The level of injustice, hatred and corruption among the leadership that has risen up in America is a stench in the nostrils of God Almighty.
However the leaders didn’t get this way out of nowhere; they are merely a reflection of the level of injustice, hatred, and corruption among the people of this nation.
Telling honest, Christ-loving citizens, that being white and aligned with the former President makes you a terrorist and a threat to the nation is not the best approach to healing our country. Instead, it’s in line with the enemy’s path for widening our divide and it surely will not end well! But it might mean the Lord is coming soon!
So keep looking up because He is coming down and our best days are still ahead in the Father’s House with Jesus our Lord!
Please join us in prayer for Calvary Chapel, San Jose, Ca. and Pastor Mike McClure along with all the wonderful people in the church. This great church is in a war with the evil State of California for remaining open during COVIID.
Our daughter-in-law’s sister and husband are on staff at Calvary Chapel and the enemy is trying hard to close the church down. They began 2020 with a few hundred people but tripled in size for being the only Bible-believing church in the community willing to stay open.
The State has taken them to court and the trial is wrapping up. They are threatening to confiscate the church buildings and property to cover the more than $1.5 million state fines already levied on the congregation.
A final decision is scheduled for tomorrow which could bring more fines and possible jail time for Pastor Mike McClure.
Details Concerning Tomorrow’s Hearing and Verdict
When: Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 1:30 PM PST (10:30 AM EST)
Where: Old Courthouse, 161 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
The closing arguments and the judge’s verdict will be rendered tomorrow.
The county is looking to sanction the church more than $80,000, which will be added to the outstanding fines exceeding $1,500,000. The county is also looking to personally sanction both Pastor Mike McClure and Carson Atherley more than $25,000 and hold them in contempt of court.
Thursday at the courthouse, many pastors have invited their congregations to attend in support of the church.
We encourage you to stand with this church in prayer and supplication for tomorrow’s verdict. Please pray that the Lord will intervene to touch the Judge’s heart to show mercy and that God will show up to miraculously grant victory and relief to this wonderful church facing down the Goliath of California.
And Please Invite others to pray!
Thank you for standing with us for this Body of believers!
Calvary Chapel San Jose
America is in serious trouble. Although hard to accept, a biblical evaluation of our current national crises signals God’s judgment is beginning to fall on America!
The Blind Leading the Blind
There’s an ancient saying that dates back to 1546 when John Heywood said, “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”
Sadly, this quote aptly describes the majority of pastors today in the United States, even many of those who preach in churches whose statements of faith affirm the inerrancy of Scripture.
With a strictly earthbound vision for the future that pushes the Lord’s return to a far distant time, church leaders tell us that the turmoil of our present-day is part of a reoccurring cycle of history and that life will return to normal after the current crisis passes.
Pastors Refuse To Speak Up
Why is it that so many pastors and believers fail to see the dangers behind what’s happening in America and are too blind to recognize the uncanny resemblance of what they hear to what John wrote about in the book of Revelation?
David Horowitz, despite his atheism, wrote a book warning of the severe persecution coming to Bible-believing Christians in America (Dark Agenda). Peter Koenig, a geopolitical analyst, and previous Senior Economist with the World Health Organization, keeps warning people of the threat posed by “The Great Reset” championed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and of the dangers posed by ID2020 and COVID-19 vaccines, although to my knowledge he is not a follower of Jesus.
Why do Horowitz and Koenig clearly see the perils ahead for us that so many pastors refuse to acknowledge? Although these secular writers do not believe the Bible, they warn of a future that’s remarkably similar to what we read about in the book of Revelation about a world turning away from God and turned upside down.
The warning lights are everywhere that should be obvious enough to wake up those in Christ to the approaching Tribulation Period as well as to the nearness of the rapture that occurs before it.
Today’s pastors refuse to talk about any of this. The church today in America resembles the Laodicean church more than at any other time in our history. Sadly, conviction is replaced with complacency, and God’s glory is often replaced with gimmicks and marketing ploys.
In most cases, pastors only talk about having your best life now, positive emotions, and taking control of your mind. Granted, we need to be encouraged, but if that’s all we talk about, the church is in trouble. Paul told Timothy to “give heed to sound doctrine” and to “preach the word.” The American church finds itself today awash with worldly concepts because it disdains the heat of conviction and doesn’t want to “rock the boat.”
Wickedness In America
From a biblical perspective, the Lord’s judgment of America is long overdue. There is plenty of evidence to back this up. Does not the ongoing horror of abortion that has led to the merciless slaughter of millions of innocent lives tell us that God’s judgment is coming?
Not only have our elected leaders refused to outlaw this murderous practice, but they stand by as Planned Parenthood butchers babies and sells their body parts to the highest bidder and demand those who oppose abortion continue to fund its barbaric practice with our tax dollars. Abortion is an abomination that is bringing God’s wrath upon America.
The list continues. America is the world’s largest producer of pornography, the world leader in radical environmentalism, the strongest state proponent of the LGBTQ agenda and transgenderism and has foolishly enshrined their immorality into the platform of the 2020 Democratic party (I have written about this HERE).
The Democratic party has taken Romans Chapter One, which lays out the immoral practices that God hates, and has adopted these evil practices into their 2020 platform in writing as important behavior for American society. They’ve taken evil and declared it good. The Lord hears each and every muffled scream of the young boys and girls caught up in the horrors of sex trafficking.
Are we so naïve to assume the Lord will not judge the U.S. and world for its abominations that so deeply grieve Him? Are we so foolish as to think that Psalm 94 refers only to the distant past without prophetic significance for the day in which we find ourselves?
In 2012, Billy Graham quoted his wife Ruth as saying, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” The wickedness to which she referred has grown exponentially since she spoke those words sometime before her death in 2007.
Two Signs Signaling God’s Judgment on America
I am not a prophet, but my view is that God’s judgment is already falling upon America and His goodness and graciousness is already moving away from America. There are two reasons why I have come to that conclusion.
The first is because division is one of the most repeated methods God uses in scripture to defeat those who oppose him. He even uses it at the Battle of Armageddon (Zech. 14:13). Over and over, when God decides to judge a nation, He turns the people against each other. Sound familiar?
The second method God uses, which is often seen in ancient Judah, is that He allows corrupt and immoral leaders to rule the country. Both these methods are prevalent in America today! Despite what the media says about the intellectual talent and leadership of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, if God brings such corrupt leaders into the Whitehouse it’s not by accident.
Sadly, my view is that the deep divisions and turmoil that characterize life here in America are already compelling evidence of God’s judgment. And the 2020 election has only managed to deepen the divide beyond the point of no return. How can things ever “return to normal” in this country when one side believes the other side has literally stolen the presidential election? Could God have prevented this? Of course.
The Danger Of A Biden Presidency
There has been a lot of talk lately about the Great Reset (e.g. resetting the economic and the geopolitical aspects of the world with one group overseeing it; (more HERE)
Those of us who are concerned about freedom, religious expression, morality, and a plethora of other topics, are not fans of a Great Reset.
The Great Reset is so much more than the utopian dream of unrealistic, western globalists. It’s the fervent desire of the “deep state” in America and is something that both the Democrat and Republican establishments desire.
The MAGA philosophy of President Trump stands virtually alone in opposition to the globalist agenda in the U.S. Most Republicans in the Congress and Senate have already abandoned the President and his efforts to expose the great fraud so apparent in the November 3 election.
For more on this, check out this compelling interview and this mammoth document that includes 270 pages of evidence just released by Sidney Powell.
John Kerry, whom Biden has named as his “special presidential envoy for climate,” recently affirmed Biden’s allegiance to the World Economic Forum (WEF) agenda. He assured the elites of the WEF that a Joe Biden presidency would quickly advance the globalist “Great Reset” agenda “with greater speed and greater intensity than many might imagine.”
It’s clear that a President Biden (or Harris) will not tolerate any hint of dissent to their rabid support for abortion and the LBGTQ agenda. Their previous statements and appointments confirm this as does the advice that many in Congress have already given to them.
Under a Biden/Harris administration, any church that hopes to exist in its current form in the year 2025 (the end of their term) will only do so by agreeing with their radical agenda regarding transgenderism for children, homosexuality and abortion up to the moment of birth. It’s not like we didn’t know this was coming but the church in America is heading for more perilous times.
Signs Of The Approaching Tribulation
The evidence that we live in the last days is overwhelming, yet so many remain blind to what they see. They repeat the error of the Pharisees and Sadducees who failed to recognize the signs that their Messiah stood among them (Matt. 16:1-3).
The lawlessness and immorality of our day, the reshaping of the Middle East through the Abraham Accords peace agreements between Israel and their Arab neighbors, the decline of America and the great delusion of our day all speak to the rapid approach of the seven-year Tribulation.
In addition, the emphasis on “peace and security” in Israel and the Middle East, pointed out in 2 Thess. 5:3 as the day of God’s judgment approaches, tells us that the church has little time left until our departure to be with Jesus (1 Thess. 4:13-5:10).
The signs Jesus gave us of His coming in Matthew 24 precisely describe the day in with we live. It’s as if He opened up a laptop and read news headlines from 2020 to His disciples. In verse 15, the Lord refers to Antichrist’s desecration of the temple that takes place halfway through the tribulation.
How close are we to seeing Israel’s Temple being built on the controversial Temple Mount? A lot closer because of the Abraham Accords. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has recreated all the furnishings for the third temple including the Ark of the Covenant, have architectural designs for it in place, and are already training Levites to act as priests in the new temple.
The Blind Can’t See God’s Judgment Falling They say… “what judgment?”
The Lord does not need to write His message of impending judgment on the wall as He did for King Belshazzar in ancient Babylon. He has clearly revealed His warnings for all to see in Scripture, yet so few recognize their relevance for today. They refuse to acknowledge what they know from God’s Word.
Jeremiah wrote, “They have healed the wound of my people lightly; saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” (6:14). If the prophet were alive today, I believe he would similarly warn us of shepherds who ignore the signs of God’s impending judgment and the Lord’s imminent return and insist that life will someday return to normal just as in the past.
Biblical encouragement that does not include an awareness of the end times and Jesus’ appearing may comfort believers to some extent, but it only heals the wound “lightly” of those who face economic disaster, personal afflictions, tragedies, and the many other harsh realities of life under COVID-19 imposed lockdowns, draconian restrictions, and falsified panic.
The good news is that we serve an awesome and sovereign Lord who controls history and kings and who will soon reign over the nations of the world (Zech. 14:9). He’s not surprised by how wicked the heathen behave. He revealed long ago what the people would be like in the last days just as we see taking place today.
The best comfort we have in these perilous times is that Jesus is coming to take us to the place He’s preparing for us (John 14:1-3) and all the signs point to this happening in the near future. The times may be dark, but we possess a glorious hope full of the Light of Jesus!
Even so come Lord Jesus.
Los Angeles County is asking a state court to hold Grace Community Church in contempt of court for hugging, singing and laughing at health department regulations during a Sunday church service!
No I’m not making this up!
Sounds like a great church to me!
Continue to pray for Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church as they spearhead the fight for the First Amendment for all churches in America.
If America doesn’t wake up the devil will shut down every church in America!
Held in Contempt for
Hugging, Singing and Laughing
“At the beginning, Pastor John MacArthur listed out requirements from the (health department) protocol,” county health official Benjamin Mock wrote. “Attendees responded to some of the restrictions Pastor MacArthur identified by laughing.”
Oh, the horror.
“During the service, attendees sang two hymns,” Mock wrote in the court document. “I also observed attendees hugging and shaking hands.”
Well, sweet mercy — Christians hugging one another?
Better call in the National Guard.
Instead, the county sent environmental health specialists to the Sunday service. At least one security guard refused to let the government agents into the building.
The court document revealed that at least one security guard was issued an “administrative citation” for interfering with a public health officer.
“Fewer than five percent of the people we observed were wearing face coverings,” the government agent reported.
“Social distancing was not being observed.”
And perhaps the most egregious activity came at the end of the sermon when the Christians (brace yourself) walked out the doors.
“No instructions or guidance was given regarding maintaining social distance while exiting the worship center,” the court document states. “There were no directional markings on the floor. Individuals streamed out of the doors without practicing social distancing.”
Church leaders have been told to show up in court on Friday.
LA Health officials are literally trying to hold the church in contempt not just for being open, but for people hugging each other and shaking hands. And laughing.
Thou shalt not chuckle at the ignorance of the California health department overlords.