Believe It or Not, This Is Happening in America

Aug 25, 2020

I know some people may think that what is happening to churches in our nation is not as bad as we report. Believe me, we have firsthand knowledge of everything we write about churches! Everything is public record. In California, for instance, churches and pastors are now being held in contempt and fined for having worship services. ALL WORSHIP is banned for most of the state. There are many shocking developments I want to share. -Mat

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California has gone off the deep end when it comes to attacks on churches. On July 6, Gov. Gavin Newsom banned singing and chanting. Then on July 13, he BANNED ALL WORSHIP, and this includes Bible studies and fellowship in private homes with anyone who does not live in the home.

Violations of Gov. Newsom’s orders come with criminal charges of up to one year in prison and daily fines of 1,000 dollars.

These orders are now being enforced against pastors and churches.

All the facts below – and more – are a matter of public record...

  • Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church is facing 20,000 dollars in fines by Los Angeles County, and this is just the beginning of the fines. Continued meetings will increase the fines and could land Pastor MacArthur in jail.
  • Pastor Ché Ahn and Harvest Rock Church have been threatened with daily criminal charges and fines of 1,000 dollars per day. Each criminal charge comes with up to one year in prison. This threat was sent to our client in a letter from the Pasadena Prosecutor. The prosecutor has also threatened criminal charges and fines against every staff member and parishioner.
  • Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Chapel was held in contempt this past Friday and the church is now being fined every time it meets. The next step could be jail for the pastor.
  • Pastor Jack Trieber of North Valley Baptist Church has been fined 5,000 dollars per service for “singing,” and thus for this past Sunday the church now faces 10,000 dollars in fines. This church is in one of the few counties where limited worship is permitted, but no singing. The city sent spies to the church this past Sunday, and then posted a letter at the church demanding it cease and desist, stating the church is “unlawful.” The city intends to continue fining the church 5,000 dollars for every future service.

There are many more churches being attacked, and likely many more fines and criminal charges to come – not just for the brave pastors and congregants I have mentioned, but for the growing number of churches that have decided to TAKE A STAND against CA Gov. Gavin Newsom’s illegal and unconstitutional restrictions against religion.

Here are the actual, verifiable facts about Newsom’s orders:

On March 19, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order and Public Health Order that “directed all Californians to stay home except to go to an essential job or to shop for essential needs,” which includes a total prohibition on religious worship services, regardless of the number attending or whether social distancing and personal hygiene practices were followed, including attendance at in-home worship services.

The governor does not consider religious services to be “essential” so people cannot leave their homes to go to church or to other homes for a Bible study.

On July 6, the governor issued yet another revised “Worship Guidance” document which states unequivocally, “Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees.”

On July 13, Governor Newsom banned ALL WORSHIP for any county on the County Monitoring List, which covers about 80 percent of the population. This “no worship” ban includes private homes with anyone who does not live in the home.

Gov. Newsom’s orders affect all churches and places of worship, even home Bible studies and fellowship. It is now even worse than “no singing” because all in-person worship is banned, including home Bible studies and fellowship with anyone who does not live in the home.

Imagine this – it is criminal in California to go to your neighbor’s home to pray with them or have a Bible study.

Please, stand with us now as we defend the many churches and pastors around the nation under attack for exercising their RIGHT to worship God.

We now have FIVE federal lawsuits pending against the most egregious anti-Church governors – those of Maine, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and California. We WILL take these cases all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to ensure that Americans retain their unalienable, constitutional RIGHT to worship according to their consciences instead of according to the whims of anti-god governors.

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Finally, please be in prayer for the pastors, churches and faithful Christians under attack by godless governors intent on silencing God’s word and shuttering His churches.

In Christ,

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman

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