A children's choir sings at Grace Community Church on Sunday morning, Aug. 16, in a service held in defiance of court orders enforcing a ban on indoor gatherings due to coronavirus. 525 Glenn Avenue. Constitutional Law Attorney Jenna Ellis, Special Counsel to Thomas More Society,  released this statement on the eviction notice. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted a preliminary injunction against Grace Community Church, prohibiting Pastor John MacArthur from holding indoor worship services. Grace Community Church Adventures with Ranger Joe Update. On Thursday, LA County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ordered the church to stop holding its services under county and state health orders. The Thomas More Society, which specializes in litigation on religious issues, is representing Grace Community Church and has also filed lawsuits in other states on behalf of churches. 740.333.5433 Video screengrab via Vimeo/Grace Community Church. As Attorney Ellis said, this is nothing more than harassment and abuse! … WHAT’S GOING ON? 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. A California court has once again sided with Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church, denying the County of Los Angeles’ renewed application for a temporary restraining order against the church for holding indoor worship services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This is harassment, abusive, and unconscionable.”. Visit the Generations of Grace website for the complete first … “The scale should always tip in favor of liberty, especially for churches,” MacArthur said. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday after refusing to follow the US and California State constitutional protections for churches. Three days later, on Sunday, Sept. 13, the pastor and church defied that court order by gathering thousands of worshipers under one roof, without masks or social distancing. MESSAGES. Pastoral counseling, as described in the Church's 1979 annual report, constituted "a very important part of the ministry at Grace Church." SUN VALLEY, CA — Grace Community Church continues to fight for the right to hold indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic. The Opportunity Sheet is a weekly publication of Grace Community Church, offered as a courtesy to our church family. On Sunday Los Angeles County sent a letter of eviction to Grace Community Church from a county owned parking lot. The Democrats’ message to Americans is clear–if you do not bow to every whim of tyranny, the government will come after you. MacArthur, in a statement, called the ruling “inexplicable.”. The Grace Community Church of the Valley located in Sun Valley has continued to hold large-scale church services despite county health orders banning large indoor gatherings. document.body.appendChild( as2 ); But a local judge decided in favor of Grace Community Church to allow religious service if congregants wore face coverings and practiced social distancing. On Thursday, a Los Angeles superior court judge again ruled against LA County, delaying a decision on whether or not to find Grace Community Church … !function(e,t,a,n,g){e[n]=e[n]||[],e[n].push({"gtm.start":(new Date).getTime(),event:"gtm.js"});var m=t.getElementsByTagName(a)[0],r=t.createElement(a);r.async=!0,r.src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtm.js?id=GTM-PL4PD49",m.parentNode.insertBefore(r,m)}(window.parent,window.parent.document,"script","dataLayer"); Grace Community Church held indoor services Sunday in defiance of a Los Angeles County public-health order, hours after an appeals court blocked a … The county will allow outdoor services if congregants wear face coverings and practice physical distancing, according to the court order. Factories, pot shops, liquor stores and department stores are allowed to stay open but not houses of worship. 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The Los Angeles megachurch closed its doors in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement, church leaders believe that the government is charged with protecting civic order and well-being. Steve Bannon's "Fight For Trump!" Speech from Early November Will Give You Chills! In the past, church leaders have said that there is no COVID-19 pandemic and that they will follow the Bible instead of health regulations. The ruling fails to apply the appropriate constitutional standard of review, according to Thomas More Society attorneys representing MacArthur and Grace Community Church. let as2 = document.createElement( "script" ); We look forward to a favorable ruling when a full hearing is heard on the matter.”, TRENDING: President Trump Abruptly Cuts Florida Vacation Short to Return to Washington. document.body.appendChild( as1 ); The Church has peacefully held this lease for 45 years and the only reason the County is attempting eviction is because John MacArthur stood up to their unconstitutional power grab. Pastor John MacArthur said at the time that the church was meeting indoors because it was their constitutional right and that it was commanded by God for his people to come together in worship. “We now look forward to working with church leaders on a plan to move services outdoors with physical distancing and the use of face coverings, which will allow worshipers to gather for religious observances in a manner that is lower risk and consistent with public health directives.”. This website is designed to make your decision easier. window.parent["$$mm-analytics"] = window.parent["$$mm-analytics"] || {};if (typeof window.parent["$$mm-analytics"].firstEmbed === "undefined") {window.parent["$$mm-analytics"].firstEmbed = Date.now();} Dominion CEO LIED! Pastor John MacArthur said at the time that the church was meeting indoors because it was their constitutional right and that it was commanded by God for his people to come together in worship. All rights reserved. In a decision issued late Saturday, the California Court of Appeal set aside a lower court order that would have allowed indoor services to take place at Grace Community Church. In the statement, the county noted that more than 6,000 Los Angeles County residents have died from the virus. “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. Here is the full eviction notice plus the contracts with the church that date back to 2001. County officials did not sit back after losing last week’s ruling. Los Angeles County has expressed its intention to haul Grace Community Church (GCC) Pastor John MacArthur back into court, attempting to secure a … Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our. Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop. The county broke their agreement that was in effect since for 45 years. Grace Community Church. Grace Community Church in Sun Valley held a packed morning service Sunday, defying a court order directing them to refrain from holding indoor services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RELATED: John MacArthur believes the Bible trumps COVID-19 public health orders. But the government can’t dictate “the doctrine, practice, or polity of the church.”, RELATED: Accusing SBC of ‘caving,’ John MacArthur says of Beth Moore: ‘Go home’, Pastor John MacArthur speaks at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, on July 26, 2020. Tap here to add The Western Journal to your home screen. Los Angeles County Serves Eviction Notice to Grace Community Church by Jim Hoft on Scribd. Connect to our Community MEET THE PASTOR. Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church avoided being held in contempt of court Thursday when a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge ruled he was entitled to a full trial on the contempt issue—something unlikely to happen until 2021. We’re going to be faithful to our Lord,” MacArthur told his congregants in a July 31 video. Los Angeles County attorneys recently sent a cease and desist letter to the megachurch, threatening arrest or a daily fine of $1,000. “We will continue to fight for Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community Church’s constitutionally protected right to hold church,” Ellis said in a statement. as2.src = "https://bucket1.mm-syringe.com/prod/injector/injector.1.5.3.js"; RELATED: John MacArthur claimed there is ‘no pandemic.’ He was politicizing science, experts say. as1.src = "https://bucket1.mm-syringe.com/prod/configs/ee2300c8-43d2-7f0b-dac0-40aaf31c9d3d.js"; The County of Los Angeles has sought to stop the megachurch from hosting indoor services that have filled the sanctuary with many unmasked congregants sitting next to each other in recent weeks. 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John MacArthur speaks at Grace Community Church, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Sun Valley, California. - Inventor Jovan Pulitzer DESTROYS Georgia's Corrupted 2020 Election Results, BREAKING: Georgia's Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Elections Holds Hearing on Voting Machine Irregularities AND IT'S DEVASTATING! - LIVE-STREAM VIDEO, BREAKING: Walmart Slams Senator Josh Hawley for Standing Up Against Election Fraud - Hawley Lets Them Have It ...Update: Walmart Responds. And Dr. John MacArthur pledged Grace Community Church would continue to meet. Everybody is a missionary. As you may recall, the county has lost a series of court battles where it attempted to prevent Pastor John from holding indoor services, seeking to impose stiff fines on the church if he failed to comply with the county’s mandates. Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for MacArthur and Grace Community Church, said the injunction is a temporary setback. “We will obey God rather than men. © 2020 The Gateway Pundit – All Rights Reserved. LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 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. But a local judge decided in favor of Grace Community Church to allow religious service if congregants wore face coverings and practiced social distancing. 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. Ranger Joe has a new home! We hope you will take the time to look it over and feel comfortable to contact us if you have any questions. L.A. County sued Grace Community Church on Aug. 14 after it began holding indoor services on Sundays. Grace Community Church Defies Court Order; Holds Sunday Service. On Thursday, a California judge issued a restraining order against John MacArthur and his Grace Community Church holding massive indoor worship services. if( getParameterByName( "utm_source" ) == "testpage" ) { County officials sent a statement to Religion News Service, saying they were grateful for the court’s decision to uphold the county’s COVID-19 public health orders that temporarily ban indoor religious services. “Los Angeles County is retaliating against Grace Community Church for simply exercising their constitutionally protected right to hold church and challenging an unreasonable, unlawful health order. Kenan Draughorne. var iframe=window.parent.document.createElement("iframe");iframe.src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-PL4PD49";iframe.height="0";iframe.width="0";iframe.style="display:none;visibility:hidden";window.parent.document.body.appendChild(iframe); On August 12th Los Angeles County filed charges prohibiting Grace Community Church from holding religious services. In America, we have a judicial system to ensure that the executive branch does not abuse its power, and Grace Community Church has every right to be heard without fear of reprisal. August 17, 2020, 3:19 PM. The ongoing battle between Los Angeles County and Grace Community Church’s Pastor John MacArthur has taken another bizarre turn. Read full article. Jim was awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2013 and is the proud recipient of the Breitbart Award for Excellence in Online Journalism from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in May 2016. let as1 = document.createElement( "script" ); AMAZING! Background information on Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church’s legal battle to worship freely: Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church Under Attack by Los Angeles County (released 8.19.20). 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. Welcome to Grace Community Church. 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