CA: No Water and Power for Worship

Aug 7, 2020

Did you ever dream that Americans would have their water and power cut off if they dared worship God? It’s happening right now in California. Read on to learn what we can do to stop the fast-growing persecution of American churches and Christians. -Mat

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California officials have announced they will cut off water and power to anyone – whether in a church or a private home - who continues to worship or have Bible studies and prayer gatherings. California Christians now have a choice – serve the Lord or have their basic utilities cut off.

Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti – the same mayor who applauded the Bible-burning Marxists of Portland, OR - announced he will shut off water and electric services to any church or home that violates CA Gov. Gavin Newsom’s outrageous “no worship” orders. And now other mayors and officials are following the same course.

As it stands right now in California, Gov. Newsom has banned ALL worship for 80 percent of the population, including home Bible studies and fellowship. For the remaining 20 percent of the population, you can meet in small groups but cannot “sing or chant,” and this also applies in one’s home if you have someone present who does not live there.

Violation of the no worship order may result in a criminal charge “punishable by fine or imprisonment.”

Gov. Newsom has also banned all forms of praise and worship singing no matter how many people are gathered. “Amazing Grace” is out. And, you cannot even pray with your neighbor!

At the same time, Gov. Newsom openly supports the state’s protesters and rioters, saying “God bless you. Keep it up!” Violent Marxists continue to flood California streets and are now invading neighborhoods.

This is so outrageous that I’ll say it again: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has banned ANY Bible studies or worship in private homes!

But because some California Christians continue to follow their consciences – obeying God rather than the governor – California elected officials and bureaucrats are doubling down on draconian enforcement measures.

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While Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti may have been the first to issue threats of utility shutoffs, he is not alone. Other cities are following his lead.

This week, the mayor of yet another major California city delivered a “cease and desist order” to one of our clients, a well-known California-based prayer ministry. In a 7,000 sq. ft. building, they had only five people present for prayer when an inspector walked in.

The order states, in no uncertain terms, that the prayer ministry MUST CEASE AND DESIST ALL OPERATIONS or FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES AND FINES.

And what does this mean for faithful believers worshipping, studying the Bible or holding small groups in their own home? The same outrageous threats made against churches stand for individual homes as well... because the governor has decreed Californians may not even worship in their own homes!

And having just one person visiting your house – whether it is to pray with you in a time of trouble, to “sit Shiva” with the dead as orthodox Jews do, or even just to study God’s Word together – is now illegal.

The United States of America was built on the precept of religious freedom.

Yet now, a pool of out-of-control Democrat governors, who openly support Bible-burning Marxists revolutionaries, seek to undermine our Judeo-Christian values and erase our unalienable right to religious liberty!

In the 30+ years Liberty Counsel has been in legal ministry defending the First Amendment, I have never seen such outrageous attacks on religious liberty! This is NOT hyperbole, and I cannot stress this enough – religious freedom in America is under full attack. We must fight back.

Liberty Counsel has filed five federal lawsuits against the governors of Maine, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and California. In each of these states, governors and local officials have closed churches, squashed religious freedom, and criminalized Christian worship, practices and beliefs.

Liberty Counsel is working to bring these cases to the Supreme Court of the United States so that we can set the precedent once and for all – that no governor will be able to ignore the fact that religious freedom is FREE in the United States of America!

But we can’t do this without you. As you know, we never charge for our legal services. Instead, we rely on God’s provision through YOU, the faithful Liberty Counsel donor. WITHOUT YOU, NONE OF OUR WORK IS POSSIBLE.

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Finally, I ask that you pray for the spiritual health of our country. As Christians, we know the answer to chaos is Christ, and that the power of His healing can be unleashed through our communal prayer.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Tim 2:1-2

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.” 2 Chron. 7:14

In Christ,

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman

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