Last week, a court ruled they did not have the right to celebrate Sunday morning worship until the state was damned good and ready to let them. MacArthur is answering to a higher authority.
He simply does not accept that such a ruling as within the power of this or any other government.
On one level, no branch of the US government — including the judiciary — has any lawful authority to extend government power beyond what the Constitution itself grants them power over.
On another, more funadamental level, no human authority has any lawful authority to command us to disobey a direct mandate from Heaven.
Even apart from these objections, they would argue that even the CDC affirms that the science is on their side. This was a reference to how few of the Chinavirus deaths were directly caused by the virus itself as opposed to indirect causes through various preexisting serious health conditions.
And so, despite the edict from the courts that they shall not meet for Sunday worship… they all met for Sunday worship.
Grace Community Church in Sun Valley held a packed morning service on Sunday, Sept. 13, defying a court order directing them to refrain from holding indoor services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pastor John MacArthur prefaced the service by complaining about the many health measures required by local and state authorities to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
“The question has come up a number of times about why Grace Church does not just comply with the orders that have been laid down for churches, and I thought it might be helpful to give you the list of things that are required of us as a church, so that you understand how utterly impossible that would be,” MacArthur said.
He then read a long list of requirements, occasionally drawing laughter from parishioners at rules about parking, restroom protocols and social distancing.
MacArthur said following all the rules would “completely shut the church down.”
“Obviously, this is not constitutional, but more importantly, it goes against the will of the Lord of the church, who calls us together,” the pastor said.
On Thursday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order directing the church to refrain from holding indoor services, saying there’s an “immediate threat to public health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff also directed Grace Community Church to mandate that congregation members wear masks and practice physical distancing if the house of worship decides to hold outdoor services. –ChristianPost
He’d probably be too classy to say it, but I think we all know what the unanimous unspoken response to that government order is…
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