Readers may recall that I wrote about him a year ago when he told noted Southern Baptist Bible study leader Beth Moore to “go home.”. This is where I wish I could get a magazine assignment to really give this debate the in-depth treatment it deserves. But the Los Angeles Daily News had a different take on that development, in a story filed late last week: LOS ANGELES — A judge said Friday he will allow pretrial discovery and the calling of witnesses in a contempt hearing against Grace Community Church and its pastor for holding indoor services in alleged violation of a September court order issued over coronavirus concerns. One rabbi told me today we may need you because we’re going to meet indoors even though it’s a violation of state rules.”. Have any of you seen stories on suicide rates and how those might be cut if houses of worship were allowed to function? The Los Angeles Times targeted California pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church on Thursday by publishing an article that framed … Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church defied a court order that directed them … Our government is obligated to protect our liberties and freedoms, especially our free exercise of religion, and we ask you to fulfill that obligation to us.”Sheila KuehlPhone: 213-974-3333sheila@bos.lacounty.gov. | Grace Community Church Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur has warned that today’s world is “perfectly suited for the Antichrist to come” amid the chaos and “lawlessness” stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. “They are not wanting to file lawsuits, but more are coming to me saying they are reopening because of the high holidays. He said while Los Angeles County public health officials objected to his church’s fair, they apparently had no problems with the Women’s March in Los Angeles, where hundreds marched from Pershing Square to LA City Hall. © var today = new Date(); document.write(today.getFullYear()); GetReligion.org unless otherwise noted.All rights reserved. Where’s the New Yorker or The Atlantic when you need them? Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Dr. Albert Mohler kicked off a new season of the Briefing by accusing his friend, Dr. John MacArthur of Grace Community Church of “malpractice” by choosing to open up five months into the pandemic and not staying shut down for an indeterminable time. Assist News October 14, 2020 Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur. Think about that. The differences between the two cases and the approach of the two pastors are considerable. Folks, we all need to realize that these petty tyrants in government are essentially buffoons and have had no track record of success, or even sometimes not working at all, in the private sector. Advice: Teenagers Need to Get Married, Make Babies, and Conquer the World, Podcast: Cracked Nipples Don’t Make You a Pastor, Julie Roys Beclowns Herself Going After John MacArthur (Again), A Gallery Of The Faithful Gathering For Church Amid Pandemic – Album Forty. I sure hope that someone from the so-called prestige media will look beyond the New York-Washington Acela zone to realize the country’s largest state — home to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris — is Ground Zero in this debate and that these issues deserve serious coverage. Grace Community Church, which made headlines in July when senior pastor John MacArthur and the church elders reopened their doors in defiance of state and local lockdown orders, are working together with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, according to … and ...View Jesse Bradley’s Bio Your email address will not be published. LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Attorneys for Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church are condemning recent headlines declaring a coronavirus outbreak in … Nude dancers aside, that last sentence is really key. If the inspectors had been allowed inside, they would have seen thousands of congregants sitting side by side, most without masks. Staff and members of Grace Community Church, which is led by Pastor John MacArthur, say multiple people have been infected with COVID-19 but those with knowledge of the cases are being pressured to remain silent, according to a new report. Judge to allow witnesses in COVID contempt hearing against Grace Community Church Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur preaches on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. Friday’s hearing dealt with the scope of the contempt hearing. A lot of these pastors were shaken by how many people in their congregations needed help.”. | Screenshot: Grace Community Church Public health officials in Los Angeles said Thursday that they have confirmed at least three cases of COVID-19 connected to Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.. Officials investigating the COVID-19 … And in-person nude dancing is a form of protected cultural expression, as opposed to public worship? In September, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone organized a “free the Mass” event involving three eucharistic processions that first went to city hall, then to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption where the archbishop held an outdoor Mass. In Orange County, about 59,000 virus cases and 1,411 deaths have been reported. Julie Roys, the long-discredited pal of conservative stalwarts (ahem) like Karen Swallow Prior and Wade Burleson, launched a fresh attack on John MacArthur and Grace Community Church for daring to not report their church members’ prayer requests and private medical information to the state.. We are the social support system for many people in these circumstances and we need to be there for them. That depends on the news sources you follow, New York Times digs into 'The Messiah' and finds emotions, art, politics and very little Christianity. …did dine al fresco at Il Forno on the very last day it was permissible. California may have more sunny weather than many other states, but it still gets cold there. “After a thorough investigation, Public Health officials have decided to rescind all outbreak-related requirements and restrictions on Grace Community Church,” the church, led by Pastor John MacArthur, said. Notice that while the folks at Grace Community won’t return the Times’ phone calls, it accepts interview requests from Fox News. He is the one true head of the church (Ephesians … Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur made sense of this bizarre scenario by explaining America’s “moral free-fall.” “America is in a moral free-fall,” he told Fox News’ … (Pastor Marc) Ang said he had his own encounter with the Los Angeles Public Health Department over the weekend when the Walnut church where he is associate pastor hosted an outdoor Family Fair featuring a petting zoo, a blessing of the animals, a puppet show, food and other entertainment. Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California is calling pastors and church leaders across America to reopen their churches despite COVID-19 restrictions by “leftist and secular government officials” who seek to “shut us down.” She ate there, taking appropriate precautions, and sadly will not dine there again until our Public Health Orders permit. Calling the ruling a “temporary setback,” lawyer Jenna Ellis, also on behalf of the church, said “we will continue to fight for Pastor (John) MacArthur and … When Newsom ruled in early July that believers of any stripe weren’t even allowed to sing indoors, religious leaders pointed out that Newsom had issued no similar order to chanting and shouting BLM protestors. We respectfully request that you cease your attempt to enforce your order against Grace Community Church. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff also set a Jan. 15 date for the contempt hearing, which will deal with whether fines should be levied on the Sun Valley church on Roscoe Boulevard and Pastor John MacArthur for continuing to allow Sunday worship in the church’s interior despite the judge’s issuance of a preliminary injunction on Sept. 10. it can be accessed on the grace website . Jesse also played professional soccer as a goalkeeper in Zimbabwe, Africa (Highlands F.C.) Video screengrab via Vimeo/Grace Community Church We will continue to have both cleaning and safety precautions, including masks. John MacArthur speaks at Grace Community Church, a megachurch in Sun Valley, California, on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Because discernment is a gift of the spirit, One of the LA County Health Supervisors who has been fighting to keep John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church closed, and whom the church is seeking to subpoena for a deposition for her role in levying fines, taking away their parking lot access after nearly 50 years of use, and levying massive fines against the California megachurch, showed herself to be the interminable hypocrite when she engaged in activities she voted to make illegal.The tyrannical government pawn Sheila Kuehl voted 3-2 to close all outdoor dining in her county, saying that it was a “most dangerous situation” and that “the servers are not protected from us, and they’re not protected from their other tables that they’re serving at that particular time, plus all the hours in which they’re working,”Yet mere hours before this new shutdown law went into effect, she was out on the town, eating at an outdoor restaurant Il Forno Trattoria and indulging in the same behavior she just made illegal because of how “unsafe” and “dangerous” it was. Just to help readers understand what hasn’t been covered, I’m going to include some of his quotes about California’s ultra-restrictive rules. Tagged: Grace Community Church, John MacArthur, The Christian Post, The Orange County Register, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Daily News, Robert Tyler, Deepa Bharath, megachurches, The Atlantic. Yes, that guy. Again, religious folks see a chasm between how they’re treated and how other protestors are treated. Jenna Ellis, the attorney representing MacArthur and his church, said in a statement, "Three very mild positive tests among more than 7,000 people is hardly news. Gavin Newsom. Required fields are marked *. So many angles, but not even a handful of reporters are on this church-state story. | Grace Community Church . “The governor changes the rules of the game,” he told me. Plus, you get a generous pension which the rest of us schmucks in the private sector can’t even hope for. One of the LA County Health Supervisors who has been fighting to keep John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church closed, and whom the church is seeking to subpoena for a deposition for her role in levying fines, taking away their parking lot access after nearly 50 years of use, and levying massive fines against the California megachurch, showed herself to be the interminable hypocrite when she … Staff and members of Grace Community Church, which is led by Pastor John MacArthur, say multiple people have been infected with COVID-19 but those with knowledge of the cases are being pressured to remain silent, according to a new report. While researching the Feucht piece in September, I interviewed Robert Tyler of Tyler and Bursch, one of several law firms litigating lawsuits on behalf of California churches against the state government and California Gov. This also raised alarm bells for Jewish clients for whom much of their services involve singing and chanting. The county wanted a decision against MacArthur for contempt of court charges; the result of the Church having Sunday services indoors after specifically being told not to by the court. The church has regularly held packed morning services, defying a … Follow Grace to You: Follow John MacArthur: Contact Information: Phone: 800-55-GRACE Fax: 661-295-5871 Email: [email protected] Mailing Address: PO Box 4000 Panorama City, CA 91412. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Do what you’re doing,’ ” Tyler told me. Pastor John MacArthur leads Grace Community Church in California in a video posted October 2020. But the Los Angeles Daily News had a different take on that development, in a story filed late last week: Again, another angle you don’t see much of unless it involves Orthodox Jews in New York. Public health officials in Los Angeles have lifted all outbreak-related requirements and restrictions on Grace Community Church, which were put in place last month after three cases connected to the California church were confirmed. Weekend Plug-In year in review: Religion-beat scribes select their top journalism of 2020, Trump calls COVID-19 vaccine 'medical miracle;' some religious believers remain skeptical, SCOTUS flips script on COVID-19 worship bans, but Francis Collins of NIH urges closures, Despite the return of kidnapped boys, it's time to cover Nigeria like the failed state it is, Jericho march in DC: Coming-out party for a movement journalists haven't really covered, Thinking about 'Uncle Ted' McCarrick: Duin and Abbott say press should keep digging, India's 'love jihad' interfaith marriage story may be political spin -- but its effects are real, Pay attention to this sect-run news source. Many didn’t know anyone who had COVID-19. Coverage has been spotty at best, although this is not necessarily reporters’ fault. When I tried contacting them this past summer, I got the cold shoulder as well. In their court papers, church lawyers say they want to ask Davis to explain why he has not sought a temporary restraining order against any political protesters and why he sought an injunction against the church rather than solely issuing citations. Most churches in the beginning said OK, for two weeks we’ll be shut down. So what went wrong in #2020, other than that whole coronavirus pandemic thing? Pastor John MacArthur leads Grace Community Church in California in a video posted October 2020. it has little or nothing to do with the kungflu . Ang and others at the gathering questioned health departments’ different treatment of church gatherings versus social justice protests and marches. Streaming also available on Grace Community Church's Facebook page. back to take down any negative reference to homosexuality on their website as to the churches mission statement and what the bible teaches . CATHOLIC LEADER ACCUSES KAMALA HARRIS OF BEING RINGLEADER OF ANTI-CATHOLIC BULLYING IN DEMOCRATIC PARTY. | Screenshot: Grace Community Church. MacArthur made news several weeks ago when he and other pastors at Grace Community Church announced that they would begin conducting services again in defiance of the state's order to suspend religious services indefinitely.. In a blog post titled, "Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church," MacArthur explained: . A Proper View of Man. L.A. County requires places of worship to report to the Public Health Department when there are at least three COVID-19 cases within a span of two weeks, after which the agency determines whether there is an outbreak. He shut down all churches and schools and religious organizations. It was Aug. 30, only 18 days after L.A. County public health officials had demanded that Grace Community Church stop holding indoor services. It's a growing force in pro-Trump media universe, Story of concern for Nigerian boy jailed for blasphemy offers hope, despite lackluster reporting, Pondering 'Things to Come,' with help from savvy thumbsuckers and backgrounders, Want to see scholars fight? Live stream courtesy of Grace Community Church. Later in the piece, here’s a delicious tidbit: (Church attorney Charles S.) LiMandri said the pretrial discovery is necessary because church officials believe the county has displayed more “animus” toward churches with its coronavirus health orders than any entity other than gyms. Daily Beast team stunned to learn that 'The Great Commission' remains in New Testament, Who's to blame for 'Uncle Ted' McCarrick? Of course the pandemic was top 2020 religion-news story: But which COVID-19 story? LA County Sup. “We do not consent to a search or visit,” a security guard told the inspectors, reading from a prepared statement in early August. Ministries Ministries and Fellowship Groups. i believe dr. macs sermon was called ” we will not bow ” . “After a thorough investigation, Public Health officials have decided to rescind all outbreak-related requirements and restrictions on Grace Community Church,” the church, led by Pastor John MacArthur, said. Back in the first days of the BLM gatherings: “Protestors were out on the streets en mass in Hollywood — about 10,000 of them — packed shoulder to shoulder and stomach to back and the governor came out and said, ‘I hear your rage. If you spent a few days on this topic, there’s a pile of stories out there to do. News and Events More → Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church Grace Community Church. Deepa Bharath at the Orange County Register brought up this point in an Oct. 20 piece on a closed-door (to the media) story about pastors talking strategy when it comes to defying the state. Photo taken March 7, 2014. Ask if the book of Isaiah mentions a 'virgin birth', Fights over First Amendment rights will likely top religion-beat agenda in 2021 and beyond. But 30 days into it, they asked, how can we can sustain this? In Sun Valley, congregants filling Grace Community Church’s 3,500-seat sanctuary rose and cheered, some documenting the moment with their iPhones, when pastor John MacArthur opened the … She loves Il Forno, has been saddened to see it, like so many restaurants, suffer from a decline in revenue. I haven’t. 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