Once it is safe to return to indoor services and resume other operations, county officials said coronavirus gathering restrictions will be relaxed. County officials were outraged at the judge’s decision this week telling the LA Times, “It is deeply disappointing that the Court decided not to grant the County’s request for a temporary restraining order prohibiting Grace Community Church from holding indoor services. . “This result makes it possible for the thousands of congregants of Grace to continue to gather together in their church to worship, while at the same time honoring the court’s requirement that reasonable and temporary safety measures be observed. We covet your prayers even as we pray for you. ), By viewing our video content, you are accepting the terms of our. Not only can Grace Community Church parishioners worship inside (which is a big deal considering that it’s expected to be 110 degrees in Sun Valley on Sunday); they can sing. 169,000. Judge James Chalfant denied almost all of the county’s requests at the August 14 Los Angeles Superior Court hearing, agreeing with MacArthur and the church that it is the county’s burden to show why they should be permitted to infringe on the constitutionally protected rights of churches to freely exercise religion. “I am very grateful the court has allowed us to meet inside and we are happy for a few weeks to comply and respect what the judge has asked of us because he is allowing is to meet,” MacArthur said. But MacArthur says “We’re a church, and we’re going to trust those people to make adult decisions about the reality of their physical and spiritual health.” So that’s that. Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church expressed his gratitude to Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant whose order requires congregants wear … Hours after Grace Community Church filed suit to invalidate Los Angeles County’s unconstitutional restrictions on churches, the county filed for a temporary restraining order to force the church to stop holding indoor services and comply with unreasonable and over-broad demands. The neighboring communities are already highly impacted and don’t deserve more needless deaths or economic misery. Attorneys for Grace Community Church explained that Los Angeles County was being unreasonable in its demands, and offered to have the congregation comply with face mask wearing and social distancing indoors until the matter could be fully heard. I love this! It is sad when we have to fight for a right that is supposed to be guaranteed and protected by the constitution. The church, led by Pastor John MacArthur, filed a suit against the county in response and that case is awaiting trial in Burbank Superior Court. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted a preliminary injunction against Grace Community Church, prohibiting Pastor John MacArthur from holding indoor worship services. The church, led by Pastor John MacArthur, filed a suit against the county in response and that case is awaiting trial in Burbank Superior Court. Carnage!!! The county’s statement in the wake of the decision is a pretty representative sample of the attitude we’re dealing with here. Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church Win Right to Hold Indoor Worship Services By Katy Grimes, August 15, 2020 7:46 am A California superior court ruled in favor of the First Amendment and Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church this week, while smacking down Los Angeles County officials. Ninth Circuit Court Rules Against the President and Churches. The ruling fails to apply the … MacArthur has argued that he’s holding services not to be “rebellious” but because “our Lord has commanded us to come together.”, Attorney Amnon Siegel, who is arguing on behalf of the county, pushed back saying “religion doesn’t trump health and safety.”. Pastor MacArthur slowly opened back up in July, and offered an outdoor tent for services, until thousands of his parishioners were attending. This also gives us an opportunity to show that we are not trying to be rebellious or unreasonable, but that we will stand firm to protect our church against unreasonable, unconstitutional restrictions.”. Holding indoor services once again in defiance of California’s COVID-19 lockdown orders, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church on Sunday told his congregation, “We are holding church … because our Lord commands it.” The megachurch met hours after an appeals court blocked a ruling that had allowed it to meet for worship. But LA County tried to enforce a limit of 100 on church service attendees – a tiny fraction of the megachurch congregation. 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 … The ruling fails to apply the appropriate constitutional standard of review, according to Thomas More Society attorneys representing MacArthur and Grace Community Church. I am happy and I hope Shepherd of the Hills follows suit. Who Loses? UPDATE: A judge ruled late Friday afternoon that Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, can continue hosting indoor worship services and … Outdoor religious services are permitted in the county alongside other measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo: Thomas Moores Society). UPDATE (ETH) – Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California has been the focus of a heated legal battle and the Los Angeles Health Department has reportedly filed a last-minute appeal following Friday’s Superior Court ruling in favor of MacArthur’s church. Gavin Newsom to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the county’s stand. L.A. County lawyers lost four tries for a temporary restraining order against Grace Community Church, directing leaders to refrain from holding packed indoor services. Another similarity is how they all love to make billions/trillions on the children, for their sick pleasures, all around the world. Isai Rocha August 20, 2020 L.A. County asked the Superior Court to make a ruling on Grace Community Church’s refusal to comply with pandemic health orders. Grace Community Church and Pastor MacArthur have been in a legal battle with the county over the restrictions. If only other pastors would grow a spine and follow his example we could reclaim our God given rights. An HISTORIC WIN today for @johnmacarthur and @GraceComChurch! The judge agreed and set the full hearing for September 4, 2020, ordering the church to have congregants wear masks and social distance between family groups indoors. Marx was not one of the disciples. Previously, it was planned that had the church conducting indoor services with face masks and social distancing pursuant to the decision of the Superior Court order. ©2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur. A California superior court ruled in favor of the First Amendment and Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church this week, while smacking down Los Angeles County officials. 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OMG, you have bought into the fear! And, as Ellis notes, the Los Angeles County court is the first in the state to … “This vindicates our desire to stay open and serve our people. Judge allows indoor services with singing and no attendance cap! There was no carnage! Your email address will not be published. California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? According to CBN, The California Court of Appeals issued a […] This was stipulated as a more reasonable action that that of the county’s rush to shut down church services. The California Court of Appeal today set aside a lower court order that would have allowed indoor services to take place at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. Required fields are marked *. In an interview this week, MacArthur told KTLA: “We’re a church, and we’re going to trust those people to make adult decisions about the reality of their physical and spiritual health.”. Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California is affirmed in its right to host indoor worship services after a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled that there is … It is hilarious when leftists try to put their leftist beliefs in religious terms. Los Angeles County has expressed its intention to haul Grace Community Church (GCC) Pastor John MacArthur back into court, attempting to secure a contempt ruling … Your email address will not be published. And even after thousands n thousands of years of abuse, millions still flock to these churches, like the millions that believe our government. Thomas More Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal assisted the all-star team in putting forth MacArthur’s case. Deuteronomy 31:6 and 33:27, ” Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. “We went to court only after significant efforts to work with the leaders of Grace Community Church to protect public health,” the statement said, according to the Free Beacon. Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church Win Right to Hold Indoor Worship Services. “I recognize the importance of the decision,” Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff said after an hours-long hearing on Friday. City News Service contributed to this report. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday after refusing to follow the US and California State constitutional protections for churches. I hope they for once do the Christian thing and for two weeks self-quarantine. The Los Angeles area congregation was represented by Jenna Ellis and the Rancho Santa Fe headquartered law firm of LiMandri & Jonna. The church operated as if it was business as usual once again on Sunday, with Pastor John MacArthur preaching to a packed house that hung on every word. Newsom’s Daily Press Briefings, Huntington Beach Judge Rules Against California Sanctuary State Law, Judge Upholds California's Ban On Incandescent Light Bulbs, Federal Judge Blocks California Law Requiring Background Checks to Buy Ammo, Recall Deja Vu: CA Rolling Blackouts are Back. A California judge has declined again to grant Los Angeles County a temporary restraining order against John MacArthur and his Grace Community Church for defying a county public health order related to the coronavirus pandemic.. “The court affirmed that position, recognizing the constitutionally protected right of churches to remain open and to hold indoor services in their sanctuary.”. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued an order on Thursday, Sept. 10, prohibiting Grace Community Church in Sun Valley from holding in-person, indoor services. It’s not really lambs to slaughter as the congregation probably does know the risks, but it is murder once they take it out into the community. The California Court of Appeal today set aside a lower court order that would have allowed indoor services to take place at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. On Friday, Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled that Grace Community Church of the Valley could hold indoor worship with restrictions and … Church agrees to adhere to mask and social distancing until full hearing. On Thursday it … “They don’t want us to meet, that’s obvious,” MacArthur said after the county secured a stay of the trial court ruling in August that would have allowed the congregation to meet indoors with masks and social distancing. L.A. County sued Grace Community Church on Aug. 14 after it began holding indoor services on Sundays. Obviously the thousands of additional congregants who descended on the church in recent months feel the same way too. May 23, ... To prevent that from occurring, the elders of Grace Community Church desire to delay our reopening and leave it in the hands of God. Even though an order has not yet been issued by the judge, Beckloff said he won’t allow Gov. The Los Angeles megachurch closed its doors in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Praying for the children, and may God have mercy on all, cus He’s coming soon! L.A. County sued Grace Community Church on Aug. 14 after it began holding indoor services on Sundays. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge is expected to have a decision sometime next week regarding a Sun Valley church’s holding in-person church services in defiance of coronavirus health orders. “The renowned pastor and his well-known church in Sun Valley, took the stance that church is essential,” the Thomas Moore Society reported. General Manager & Advertising: Kevin Sanders, © 2020 California Globe     , California Judge Rules in Favor of Grace Community Church, Pastor John MacArthur. If you look back and read again. I have had family with COVID-19 who recovered after 3 days, one with only headaches. Quit the fear mongering! Read the Thomas More Society’s Complaint filed with the Superior Court for the State of California – County of Los Angeles, in Grace Community Church and Pastor … I pray MacArthur soon finds his way back. And Los Angeles County has tried its best to reign this group in but obviously to no avail. Since Judgment has begun on the house of God (churches/congregations), according to 1 Peter 4:17, Satan has taken his seat in the temple (churches/congregations), according to 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4, and many more woes to come in Isaiah to Malachi (especially Jeremiah 25 and Ezekiel 9), because they have changed the laws of God to please themselves/the people, for the love of money, reminds me of how the governments have changed the rules to make mucho more money for themselves, and their big multi billion/trillion $ corporate donor friends, while the rest of world gets poorer, homeless, hungry, etc. “This result is indeed a great victory for all citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of religion,” LiMandri said. September 13, 2020 SUN VALLEY, CA — Grace Community Church in Sun Valley held a packed morning service Sunday, defying a court order directing them … (August 20, 2020 – Los Angeles, California) The Los Angeles County Superior Court announced on August 20, 2020, that there is no court order prohibiting Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church from holding indoor worship services. Nowhere in this bit of politically motivated histrionics do I see MacArthur even close to that path so long ago laid out by our Lord. (September 24, 2020 – Sun Valley, California) Attorneys for Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church prevailed in yet another hearing today in Los Angeles Superior Court, arguing that MacArthur and the Church are entitled to a full trial on the merits of their challenge to the constitutionality of the government shut-down orders and the preliminary injunction. The Los Angeles Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction on September 10, 2020, against Grace Community Church and Pastor John MacArthur, refusing to follow the U.S. and California State constitutional protections for churches. She said it was a victory and was the first court to make clear that Church Is Essential. Tightly packed pews and no masks, that’s why Newsom tried to shut them down, not religious persecution. Pastor John MacArthur is the real thing, isn’t he? The shutdown was absolutely appalling and restricted our right to freely worship God. SUN VALLEY, CA — Grace Community Church continues to fight for the right to hold indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic. Well, ‘MacArthur’ in this instance. FIRST CA Court to recognize #ChurchIsEssential! A California Superior Court Judge has denied the County of Los Angeles’ renewed application for a temporary restraining order against the church and Pastor John MacArthur. Very soon. 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