A California court rejected Friday efforts by Los Angeles County to require a popular megachurch to comply with pandemic orders, allowing the church to hold indoor services with singing and without attendance limits pending a resolution of the case.
H/T: The Washington Times
“This vindicates our desire to stay open and serve our people,” said Pastor John MacArthur. “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.”
Attorney Jenna Ellis called it a “huge vindication for Pastor John and the Board of Elders at Grace Community Church, who have simply asked for their right to worship the Lord together in church to be acknowledged and protected.”
🚨BREAKING w/ @PaulJonna:— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) August 14, 2020
An HISTORIC WIN today for @johnmacarthur and @GraceComChurch! Judge allows indoor services with singing and no attendance cap! Church agrees to adhere to mask and social distancing until full hearing.
FIRST CA Court to recognize #ChurchIsEssential!
Breaking: California judge rules John MacArthur's Grace Community Church can hold indoor worship services https://t.co/ShTx3gAD8W— Disrn (@DisrnNews) August 14, 2020
A California Court vindicated Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church’s stance that church is essential Friday by recognizing the constitutionally protected right of churches to remain open and hold indoor services in their sanctuary. https://t.co/89TOjfkZFT— Jerry Lingle (@jerry_lingle) August 15, 2020
Los Angeles County had sought a court order barring Grace Community Church in Sun Valley from holding the services, arguing that they were an immediate health threathttps://t.co/DrIgyYKUNt— KTLA (@KTLA) August 15, 2020
L.A. Judge Tosses Restraining Order Against Pastor John MacArthur, Grace Community Church Forbidding Indoor Services https://t.co/iwU06z6Zur— joseph wysocki (@rumrot) August 15, 2020
Watch below for more background on the RESTRAINING ORDER filed against Grace Community Church by Los Angeles County.