Nationally Known Pastor Joins the Fight

Jul 29, 2020

Did you see Tucker Carlson's show last night? Nationally known pastor and author John MacArthur presented powerful reasons why his church will no longer bow to CA Gov. Gavin Newsom's attempt to crush worship – even in private homes! Read on to learn about Newsom's outrageous new restrictions against churches and Christians, and what Liberty Counsel is doing to stop it. -Mat

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When Pastor John MacArthur joined the fight against California's orders banning worship and singing, even in private homes, an earthquake must have been felt in the Golden State. As recently as May, MacArthur stated that churches should comply with these draconian orders.

But he explained the reason for his change of position. Back then, the false information was that millions of people would die and that the church closures would be short-lived. Neither turned out to be true.

Last night, he told Tucker Carlson that his church was closed for 21-weeks during which time there were no funerals, weddings or interaction with several thousand young people. Tragically, he shared that he has not been able to visit people in the hospital, even those who were dying. He could only speak to them by phone.

As we have been saying for months, MacArthur said that depression and calls to suicide hotlines have dramatically increased. And he said Gov. Newsom is encouraging tens of thousands of people at a time to protest while simultaneously banning worship!

Pastor John MacArthur has had enough. He now sees the political agenda behind the restrictions and rightfully says that Caesar has no authority over the church.

Liberty Counsel has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of several hundred California churches against California Gov. Newsom. Our clients are Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena and Harvest International Ministry, which has over 160 California churches and 65,000 worldwide.

When Gov. Newsom first issued his anti-worship COVID edicts, he tried to limit all churches and houses of worship, regardless of their size, to just 10 people. Then he banned singing and chanting.

And then, Gov. Newsom issued a new edict via the State's Public Health Officer dictating that about 80 percent of California's faithful may not gather for any worship, no matter how small the gathering -- even if it is in a private home with a neighbor.

As of July 13, ALL indoor services are banned in 30 counties, even IN-HOME Bible studies and fellowship. More counties may be added by Newsom. In the other counties, the worship attendance is limited to 25 percent of building capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. But, singing and chanting is also banned, and this includes in-home Bible studies and fellowship meetings.

Further, the very order that bans indoor church and in-home Bible studies also specifically ALLOWS PROTESTS!

Not only has Gov. Newsom supported the mass protests, for months it has been well-known that he has welcomed COVID-positive people to cross the border with Mexico and flood California hospitals. Newsom welcomed this “COVID tourism” just as he has welcomed illegal immigrants and open borders.

But now, instead of addressing the violent problems in his streets at the hands of rioters, or the irresponsibility of importing COVID into his state, the California governor is banning all personal worship.

CA Gov. Gavin Newsom is working to crush ALL worship, not only in church sanctuaries but also in Californians' own homes.


Sadly, Newsom is not the only state governor illegally restricting church activities. As you know, Liberty Counsel has four other federal lawsuits pending in Courts of Appeal against the governors of Illinois, Kentucky, Maine and Virginia. California will be the fifth federal lawsuit Liberty Counsel has filed to defend America's religious freedom.

So far, we have had several successes, including getting criminal charges against pastors in Florida and Virginia dropped. And we have had two wins at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, our work in this area is far from done and religious liberty in America is FAR from secure.

One would assume that the issue of religious liberty and the freedom to worship without government interference would be an open and shut case in federal courts. However, such is not the case.

Federal courts around the country are split on whether the religious liberty protections of the First Amendment will stand during a pandemic. And this week our staff is beginning the process of bringing the first of these unconstitutional church closure cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.

We have a lot of work ahead of us in preserving America's religious freedom. And when I say “we,” I don't just mean our Liberty Counsel staff. “We” includes YOU, the faithful Liberty Counsel supporter!

Without YOU, Liberty Counsel would not be able to defend the pastors criminally charged for following their consciences or the churches illegally restricted or closed by tyrannical governors. Our services are always free of charge. But we are only able to defend freedom because of YOUR generous donations.

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We must now all stand united against the elected or appointed officials who despise God so much that they are willing to deny us our right to worship – even in our own homes. We MUST stop this anti-God tyranny NOW before all of us are forced to worship in secret underground churches as is the case in China and other dictatorships around the world.

NOW is the time to stand for religious liberty! I am very glad to know that YOU are standing with us. As you know, wherever two or more are gathered in His name, and where two or more are in agreement, His work is made manifest! Keep praying, keep standing on His truth and keep defending our Constitution!

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Thank you for your support of Liberty Counsel and your unflagging dedication to our Lord and His Church.  Please pray for Pastor MacArthur and all of our brothers and sisters in California who are suffering under Gov. Newsom's tyrannical edicts!

In Christ,

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

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