UPDATE: Ready for battle, John MacArthur retains legal counsel

BREAKING: LA threatens $1,000 per day fines and arrest

BREAKING: Thomas More Society prepares to defend John MacArthur, Grace Community Church from California’s Leftist Tyranny. Jenna Ellis, Charles LiMandri to represent MacArthur, GCC in case.

BREAKING: ‘It is time for Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti to recognize what President Trump has already proclaimed: churches are providing an essential service to the people. Therefore, they must be allowed to serve the people in the manner in which God has called them.’

John MacArthur and Grace Community Church are girding for battle against California and Los Angeles over state orders to close the church. Local government threatened MacArthur and the church with large fines and jail, as previously reported. However, we now know the extent of the threats.

According to the Thomas More Society, MacArthur’s church received a Cease and Desist letter against church assembly. The letter contained a threat of a $1,000 a day fine and possible arrest.  

“The City of Los Angeles, through a cease and desist letter, has threatened Grace Community Church and Pastor MacArthur specifically with a daily fine of $1,000 or arrest,” the Thomas More Society said in a statement.

Also, the state is selectively harming churches, according to the statement.

“The State of California is using COVID-19 as a pretext to attempt to force churches to close indefinitely. This illegitimate, over-broad, and unconstitutional order to indefinitely cease assembling, and exercising their religion and sincerely held religious beliefs,” according to the Thomas More Society.

MacArthur and Grace Community Church are represented by the Falkirk Center’s Jenna Ellis and Charles LiMandri, special counsel for the Thomas More Society.

“Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community church are not disobeying the Constitution; it is California’s Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti that are defying their constitutional obligation to protect religious freedom and church assembly,” said Ellis.

It is unconstitutional for Governor Newsom and the State of California to discriminate against churches by treating them less favorably than other organizations and activities that are not protected by the First Amendment,” LiMandri said. “Pastor MacArthur and his church, as well as all churches, are entitled to practice their religion without government interference. This is especially the case when the government has given free rein to protestors, and is not similarly restricting marijuana dispensaries, large retail outlets and factories, and abortion providers.”

The battle in California has huge ramifications for churches around the country. MacArthur’s legal team understands the threat these selective orders represent.

Why are so many Evangelical leaders silent? Why are the Evangelical Elite opposing John MacArthur?

Christians around America must hold government accountable to the Constitution. This is only the beginning of a serious push to limit religious freedom in America.