For Christians, the Church is the most essential institution established on Earth.
This is not to diminish the need for medical care professionals, police officers, and our military, God has established His Church, and not even gates of Hades will not overcome it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ saves peoples eternal souls and thus everything pales in comparison to its value and necessity in American culture.
Several Southern California pastors have had to publically say NO to our corrupt and Godless California Governor, Gavin Newsome.
Pastor John MacArthur has been pastoring over 50 years, and though the leadership team at Grace Community Church, has taught the congregation that God has established government and we should submit to their authority.
In addition, he has taught Christians should live quiet and peaceable lives yet if the government demands Christians not to worship then scriptures require obedience to God over man.
8 days ago Pastor MacArthur explained their reasoning for defying California’s unConstitutional demands in his first defiant sermon, titled, “We Must Obey God Rather Than Men”.
In it, which he, among other reasons, cited the statistical deadliness of CV-19, the fact that churches in California have been shut down while abortion clinics and liquor stores have been deemed “essential” and allowed to remain open, and the biblical grants and limitations to government authority over Christians.
The church last week retained a nationally renowned legal team after being threatened with fines and even arrest for holding church services.
Yesterday Pastor MacArthur and the eldership team are holding regular worship services against California state orders as he opened his Sunday morning sermon by welcoming his congregation to “the Grace Community Church peaceful protest,” much to the delight of the congregation.
— Disrn (@DisrnNews) August 10, 2020
“Good morning, everyone. I’m so happy to welcome you to the Grace Community Church peaceful protest.”
A photo taken from within the gathered congregation shows the church’s sanctuary packed full of worshipers:
— Darrell B. Harrison (@D_B_Harrison) August 9, 2020
I for one am very encouraged to see some Church leadership take a stand and just like what Peter told the Apostles in Acts 5, But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
The Constitution stands in the way of nationwide religious persecution, like Rome in the first century A.D., but stay in prayer as the battle rages on.