Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California is calling pastors and church leaders across America to reopen their churches despite COVID-19 restrictions by “leftist and secular government officials” who seek to “shut us down.”
MacArthur said in the video:
MacArthur, who is in the midst of an ongoing legal battle with California officials for holding church services amid coronavirus restrictions, claimed that people have a high rate of surviving the disease.
MacArthur noted that a double standard has been evident among the Health Department who have kept churches shut while allowing protests and riots to continue “without regard for the mandated health and safety ordinances.”
He added :
MacArthur further explained that he had initially followed the restrictions when the virus first hit the state, but Grace Community Church members gradually returned on their own because “they didn’t believe the narrative the local government and media were giving them” hence the decision to reopen.
Towards the end of the video, the octogenarian pastor stressed the Constitution’s defense of religious freedom and the biblical mandate for the church to meet.
MacArthur asserted further, that :
Pastor John MacArthur has therefore urged his colleagues in ministry to begin to reopen their churches and resume in-person services.
The “Church is Essential” petition was released by the Falkirk Center in addition to MacArthur’s video.