Pastor John MacArthur, whose church is holding regular worship services against California state orders, opened his Sunday morning sermon by welcoming his congregation to "the Grace Community Church peaceful protest," much to the delight of the congregation.
"Good morning, everyone. I'm so happy to welcome you to the Grace Community Church peaceful protest."
A photo taken from within the gathered congregation shows the church's sanctuary packed full of worshipers:
? MacArthur and his fellow elders at Grace Community Church, a megachurch in Sun Valley, California, announced on July 24 that they would not obey the state's orders banning all indoor church services. MacArthur expounded further on their reasoning in his first defiant sermon, titled, "We Must Obey God Rather Than Men," in which he, among other reasons, cited the statistical deadliness of COVID-19, the fact that churches in California have been shut down while abortion clinics and liquor stores have been deemed "essential" and allowed to remain open, and the biblical grants and limitations to government authority over Christians.