John MacArthur challenges Leftist Tyrants; State promises crackdown

Conservative Pastor John MacArthur puts the People’s Republic of California on notice: Christ is head of the church and not Caesar.

Johnson says, ‘State & Local leaders plan to cut power to the church’

Compare Leftist love for riots, casinos and Black Lives Matter to how they persecute Christ’s Church.

In a powerful statement Pastor John MacArthur of Grace To You put the State of California on notice: Christians will not bow to oppression. 

MacArthur argued for sphere sovereignty. He said that God ordained various types of authority like the family, the church and the state. Each is granted unique power from God and should defend its sphere of interest from intrusion by the others.

This is very good. It recognizes government has limited authority. This is critical in time like this where the very future of limited government is at stake. MacArthur’s statement will fuel a renewed Christian interest in defending both church and individual rights from government intrusion.

MacArthur does another important service by asserting our rights preceded the creation of the state. Thus, rights are not granted by the State or the Constitution. Thus, our rights are not resting on the good will of the state or even our Constitution, but rather God and God’s created order.

I have a few minor quibbles with MacArthur on political theology—but that is for another time. Now we must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with MacArthur, the elders and the people of Grace Community Church.


We must pray for them because the state and local leaders plan to crackdown on the service.

According to Phil Johnson, “The local authorities say their plan is to shut off power to the church.”

This is only the beginning.

Leftist tyrants will deny you power, water and eventually everything in their quest for totalitarian control.

I write this as someone who favors a mask (and did back when the CDC was telling the public not to buy one. My reason? Medical professionals and research before this outbreak always indicated they were necessary and useful) and favors public and private measures to slow the outbreak of this Pandemic.

However, it is time Christians stand up against the double standard. These Leftist tyrants favor some activities such as gambling and riots while punishing Christians for worshiping God.

This is against America’s founding principles.

This is against God’s commands.

We must ignore Caesar and obey God. We are fortunate in that we can also obey God and at the same time obey the Constitution.

However you feel about MacArthur and Calvinism, I urge you to put that aside. Support these brave leaders and brave people in the church.

UPDATE: MacArthur declared this not an hour to fear, but triumphant hour for the church.

15 thoughts on “Escalation: State will fight John MacArthur & Grace Community Church”

    1. Dr.Macarthur I will be praying That God will continue to give you and Grace cumminty church strength and courage to stand. May the Lord continue to richly bless you spiritually speaking for not being a man pleaser but A man after God’s own Heart. Thank you!

      1. Matthew chapt 23 v15
        “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You traverse land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are”.

  1. i am in prayer for your church every day im sure God is walking with you all the way. we need more preachers and more churches to stand up like you have.i ask that each and every christian to pray for you everyday.

    1. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You traverse land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.
      Matthew chapt 23 v 15

  2. You should have far more than a “minor quibble” with Bro. MacArthur’s “political theology.” As we’ve been trying to tell churches for many years, the fact is that MacArthur’s church, “Grace Com. Church of the Valley,” has since 1956 been a domestic nonprofit corporation created by the state of California (corp. # C0330148) — and is therefore not a true New Testament church in the Biblical sense, and is comletely under the jurisdiction and headship of the State – NOT of the Lord Jesus. The state in effect owns the church’s building, and can legally shut off its power, bulldoze it or burn it down if it chooses. Please see and hear:

    1. Truth – we must be aligned with Christ and trust He alone will make a Way – Government money can be a lure to those attempting to hang on to what they have. Trust Christ Alone!

  3. I am ashamed that more pastors do not have the backbone that John MacArthur has. What is going on in our country is not just a pandemic but an anti-God movement. This can be clearly seen by what is allowed and what is not allowed. Christians need to stand with those like John MacArthur.

  4. I am so thankful to see a pastor take a stand against the attack on the Freedom of religion. This is the first right given to us by the Bill of Rights. If this right is removed by ungodly and evil man, this rest of the rights listed will fall. We, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, has failed to stand and speak out on many issues and now we are been threaten. It is time that we should disregard the name-calling that we will receive and speak the biblical truth for an attitude of love and concern for those who are blind, in darkness and are living without hope.

  5. To “Pastor” MacArthur and grace Community Church:
    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You traverse land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are”.

    Mathew chapt 23 v 15—(p.s. read the whole chapter-it defines your “church” perfectly) You might also want to consider that God is watching your every move and word. You should be far more concerned with what He may do than what the Sate of California is going to do.

    1. Gina,
      You really need to understand the context of Jesus addressing the Jewish religious leaders of the time who refused to acknowledge Christ as God and did not really want to obey His commands.
      The elders of Grace Community Church are standing up against the hypocrisy and the tyranny of those who are like the Pharisees – haters of God and of His truth.
      I can understand why you needed to begin your response by To: “Pastor” etc… because really, the verse is naturally addressing the unbelieving leaders such as the Governor.
      You seem quite confused about God’s command that requires to obey God when the ungodly command you to disobey. Acts 5:29

  6. I was a substitute organist for Grace back in the 80s. I stand with Pastor John during this very difficult time. This is a power grab by Democrats who will bring in socialism and ultimately communism if they win in November. My Prayers are going up on behalf of Grace Church.

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