MacArthur and The Elders Write…

About the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely.

Therefore, in response to the recent state order requiring churches in California to limit or suspend all meetings indefinitely, we, the pastors and elders of Grace Community Church, respectfully inform our civic leaders that they have exceeded their legitimate jurisdiction, and faithfulness to Christ prohibits us from observing the restrictions they want to impose on our corporate worship services.

Said another way, it has never been the prerogative of civil government to order, modify, forbid, or mandate worship. When, how, and how often the church worships is not subject to Caesar. Caesar himself is subject to God. Jesus affirmed that principle when He told Pilate, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11). And because Christ is head of the church, ecclesiastical matters pertain to His Kingdom, not Caesar’s.

Read Dr. MacArthur and the Elders of Grace Community Church below…

Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church

Meanwhile in Nevada, restaurants, bars, casinos, and gyms are allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity. However, houses of worship are capped at fifty people. The Supreme Court denies Nevada church’s appeal of coronavirus restrictions…

Justice Gorsuch dissent in one paragraph…

Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church!

Comments 2

  • I strongly agree with MacArthur on this one. The government has tipped the scales of justice and, figuratively at least, accepted a bribe to show favoritism and freedom to some groups, businesses’ and organizations, while overzealously, unevenly and unjustly restricting others, in particular Christ’s church.

    I am sure that some, maybe even many in leadership positions may believe these restrictions they have imposed are solely for the cause of reducing the damage of this pandemic and for the protection of the people (more for economic and political reasons than for genuine concern for the people). I believe it has gone beyond that now. These same people are blind to the one (satan) who seeks to hinder and destroy the church and uses these blind guides as angels of light to wreak destruction on the body of Christ.

    I believe the time of real persecution for true believers in this country is rapidly approaching. Are we ready?

    • The only way to be ready is faith in God, secured in Christ, and having strength and courage from His Word.

      We need men who are bold and courageous!

      Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13–14

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