L.A. County sued Grace Community Church on Aug. 14 after it began holding indoor services on Sundays. By Katy Grimes, August 15, 2020 7:46 am A California superior court ruled in favor of the First Amendment and Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church this week, while smacking down Los Angeles County officials. Grace Community Church and Pastor MacArthur have been in a legal battle with the county over the restrictions. What the Supreme Court decides in this case in 2021 will have huge ramifications. This is a breaking news. “They don’t want us to meet, that’s obvious,” MacArthur said after the county secured a stay of the trial court ruling in August that would have allowed the congregation to meet indoors with masks and social distancing. Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur preaches on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. “Although this is a temporary setback, we will continue to fight for Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community Church’s constitutionally protected right to hold church,” Ellis promised. They already worship a God and Christ who are basically Cosmic Donald... : Doesn't "Carone" sound a lot like "Karen"? https://t.co/bJLEm7PCEL pic.twitter.com/6DKqi9tEI8, — Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) September 9, 2020. The church operated as if it was business as usual once again on Sunday, with Pastor John MacArthur preaching to a … : More recently: L.A. County asked the Superior Court to make a ruling on Grace Community Church’s refusal to comply with pandemic health orders. UPDATE 2: You can read our recap of what Dr. John MacArthur said this morning here. That is not what our founders said,” said MacArthur. Check back for updates. Nor do we believe that the court gave adequate consideration to the fact that churches have been treated as second-class citizens compared to the tens of thousands of protestors,” LiMandri said. Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church expressed his gratitude to Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant whose order requires congregants wear … Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions violate the First Amendment right to worship. He is teaching something false,” Hemingway said. Apparently signs asking people not to enter if they have an elevated temperature or symptoms of Covid (located at every entrance & exit) aren’t good enough for LA County. “1/100th of 1 percent of Californians with a virus apparently wins over the U.S. Constitution and religious freedom for all? “Northam is due honor and respect as a politician, but overstepped his role by being a teacher in the church. 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A California judge on Thursday issued an injunction prohibiting John MacArthur and Grace Community Church from meeting indoors for worship services during the pandemic, thus handing Los Angeles County the ruling it has sought for several weeks. SCOTUS gave a partial victory to a California church arguing that Gov. The ruling fails to apply the appropriate constitutional standard of review, according to Thomas More Society attorneys representing MacArthur and Grace Community Church. The church, led by Pastor John MacArthur, filed a suit against the county in response and that case is awaiting trial in Burbank Superior Court. Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction Thursday that prohibits Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church from “conducting, participating in, or attending any indoor worship services.” The ban also extends to services held outside “unless onerous restrictions are followed.”. A $1000 fine issued by Los Angeles County was also imposed on the church this week for signs asking congregants to refrain from entering if they were experiencing “an elevated temperature, a cough, or any flu-like symptoms.” According to the county, the signs were not placed at the proper entrances and exits and did not contain instructions asking people to “wash hands or use sanitizer, to wear face coverings and to maintain social distancing.”. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Grace Community Church. UPDATE: Despite the ruling of the appeals court, Grace Community Church is gathering for worship services this morning. : Yep. On Thursday it … After influential pastor John MacArthur and his Grace Community Church brought a lawsuit against the state of California over orders stipulating that churches may not meet for indoor services, a judge has ruled that the church can hold worship services, with singing and without an attendance cap, until the full hearing in September. Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:16 pm. An injunction has been issued against John MacArthur and his California church preventing them from holding indoor worship services for now. The renowned minister and his Sun Valley, California, congregation are being targeted by the County of Los Angeles, which has made repeated attempts to shut down the non-denominational, … “The court also did not properly consider the medical and scientific evidence that the current number of people with serious COVID-19 symptoms no longer justifies a shuttering of the churches. The Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against Grace Community Church and Pastor John MacArthur that prohibits the church from "conducting, participating in, … “Nor is that what God says, who gave us our rights that our government—including the judicial branch—is supposed to protect. The Los Angeles County Superior Court announced on August 20, 2020, that there is no court order prohibiting Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church from holding indoor worship services. It is the latest twist in a longrunning dispute between Grace Community Church and Los Angeles County over the former's refusal to suspend in-person worship services inside its building. LA County just wants to shut down church. Grace Community Church Orchids to First Responders Over the weekend, our church distributed a generous donation of more that 5,400 orchid plants to hospitals … SUN VALLEY, CA — Grace Community Church continues to fight for the right to hold indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic. At the 8:30am hearing, both sides presented their arguments and the Judge Beckloff took the request for a temporary restraining order under submission. Since the church first began meeting in-person and defying local lockdown orders in July, Los Angeles County officials have threatened fines, arrest, and even terminated the lease held between the church and the county for parking lot space claiming health and safety concerns. The heavyweight constitutional battle between Los Angeles County and Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church continues, with LA County scoring the latest victory. The bullying and harassment continues. 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