“But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” -Daniel 3:18
All that is going on today reminds me of the Scriptures when the corrupt in government came out and threatened Christians for obeying God’s moral laws (Exodus 20), the very laws that the people are to uphold in defiance to their tyrannies (Romans 13).
“And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” -Acts 4:18-20
It should be of interest to all Americans as to how it is that the government has now been so emboldened as to wrest Church and State lines in which any form that they so choose and always in the form as to what works best for them, or so they think (Matthew 22:20-22).
The good news is that there are still them that will not bow to the unlawful edicts of the state in obedience to the Lord (Romans 12:21), one such brother is that of California’s John MacArthur.
LA Threatens Jail Time For Well-Known California Pastor John MacArthur Over In-Person Church Services
The vitriolic anti-Christian nature of COVID-19 tyrants like California Governor Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is on full display as they threaten legendary LA Pastor John MacArthur with jail time for defying their order to shutter church services.
MacArthur is not bending and is lawyering up to face them in court. This case will evolve to national attention as it progresses. ⁃ TN Editor
Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, Calif., have retained two prominent attorneys in response to a cease-and-desist letter threatening jail time or a $1,000 daily fine for continued violations of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D-Calif.) order shutting down churches. Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Garcetti has allowed protests to continue nightly in LA and certain kinds of businesses remain open.
After Newsom ordered churches to shut on July 13, Grace Community Church released a statement on July 24 explaining that Grace Community Church would remain open. “Christ is Lord of all. He is the one true head of the church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18). He is also King of kings—sovereign over every earthly authority (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16). Grace Community Church has always stood immovably on those biblical principles,” the church said. “Therefore we cannot and will not acquiesce to a government-imposed moratorium on our weekly congregational worship or other regular corporate gathers. Compliance would be disobedience to our Lord’s clear commands.”
On July 29, the City of Los Angeles sent a cease-and-desist letter, threatening Grace Community Church and MacArthur with a daily fine of $1,000 or arrest. The letter gave him one day to respond. On Sunday, August 2, health officials came to the church, asking to inspect the premises. The church declined to let them in without a warrant and told them to speak with the church’s counsel. At that, they left.
MacArthur is not budging, and he plans to bring legal action if the city carries out its threats.
If Christians really knew their God that way that so many claims to know Him (1 John 2:4), instead of being sheepish in following the modern false gospel hirelings (John 10:12), they would begin to follow the Christ, who is, in fact, the “Lion of The Tribe of Judah”(Revelation 5:5).
One thing that tyrants forget is “The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it” (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10).
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