Megachurch Pastor Is Packing People Into Church In Defiance Of LA County Rules - 2020-08-19

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F364.png Megachurch Pastor Is Packing People Into Church In Defiance Of LA County Rules August 19, 2020, Carol Kuruvilla, Huffington Post

A California megachurch is openly defying Los Angeles County's coronavirus guidelines by welcoming its thousands of congregants to worship inside its doors.

John MacArthur, the 81-year-old conservative Christian preacher and writer who leads Grace Community Church in LA's Sun Valley neighborhood, has been painting the government's efforts to restrict the church's large gatherings as a form of persecution ― similar to the persecution that Christian martyrs have faced over the centuries.

"Although we in America may be unaccustomed to government intrusion into the church of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is by no means the first time in church history that Christians have had to deal with government overreach or hostile rulers," Grace Community Church's elders wrote in a statement first posted on the church's website on July 24. "Persecution of the church by government authorities has been the norm, not the exception, throughout church history."

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