We Filed Suit in Virginia Today

Apr 24, 2020

Liberty Counsel filed suit today in Virginia, taking on Gov. Ralph Northam's unconstitutional restrictions on churches – which literally criminalize Christians.

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I have good news to share today and it is difficult to know where to begin!

First, study after study show that COVID-19 has been far less deadly than predicted. While many are claiming credit for this unanticipated turn of events, as believers we know that any real change in the world, even when it comes to pandemics, is made by God. All credit goes to our Creator!

Next, we've been heartened to see thousands of people gathering across the country protesting their governors' unconstitutional restrictions on freedom and constitutional rights, including at Virginia's capital.

But, as you may already know, Virginia's radical abortion-supporting Governor Ralph Northam has criminalized Christians who dare come together for worship. Northam's nearest competition on tyranny, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, reduced some restrictions on churches and no one in her state has been arrested.

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Such is not the case in Virginia. In compliance with Gov. Northam's orders, law enforcement entered the church and criminally charged Pastor Kevin Wilson of Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on Palm Sunday. His "crime" was having 16 people in a 293-seat church - 6 more than Northam allowed.

The 16 church members are people who, due to their own walk with the Lord and state of recovery from addictions or prostitution, desperately needed to be in church with other believers to strengthen their faith and resolve.

Certainly, we can all appreciate that while many people can experience God's peace through podcasts and video sermons, others truly need and desire an in-person church service. Pastor Wilson now faces 1 year in jail and 2,500 dollars in fines for serving his flock in the way they needed.

The police said every church member would be criminally charged if they returned for Easter. The small congregation was so frightened they did not have Easter service. This church does not have internet service, nor do many of the people the church serves.

Liberty Counsel is actively defending the pastor and the church.

We will take our suit all the way to the Supreme Court to ensure that NO governor, NO mayor or other local official will ever again be able to so blatantly violate the Constitution.

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Here is some good news that also happened in Virginia...

In reviewing social media footage from the protests across the country, I noticed one very distinct thing about the Richmond, Virginia, protests this week.  Over and over again, when asked why they were protesting, Virginians stated they were at the state capitol because of Virginia's gross violations against churches.

Even better, many in the Richmond, VA, protestors PROCLAIMED THE NAME OF JESUS up and down and all around that state capitol.

People openly and loudly preached 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

But wait, it gets even better...

The second most common issue Richmond protestors raised was Gov. Northam's signing -- on Good Friday – of liberal abortion laws making killing pre-born children easier.

Virginia made abortion legal and unrestricted, while making attendance at church restricted and illegal – on Good Friday and Palm Sunday!

Governor Northam traded the worship of God for the sacrifice of our children, much like the Old Testament stories of Israel turning away from God and sacrificing children to Baal.

This week, the people of Virginia didn't just share 2 Chronicles 7:14 on camera and post to social media, they openly sought forgiveness for their state and our country's sins, and asked God to hear His people and heal the land.  One proclaimed: "True liberty is found in Christ."

While there are several scientific reasons why COVID-19 is not as deadly as the flawed models predicted, as believers we know exactly where this help comes from – our risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

Just as He promised, God will hear our prayers and heal our land.

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And that is very good news for today!

Take heart, He has heard our cries and will heal our land!  Keep praying, keep believing and keep sharing the Good News!

In Christ,

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman

P.S. Even in this season of trials, our God has been good on many levels. We can see it clearly when we view the world through His lens. It is through that lens, guided by the Word, that we can see how all things are working for the church's good – even in the midst of a pandemic.

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