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Judge issues injunction against MacArthur’s church

Pastor John MacArthur preaching at Grace Community Church Facebook/Grace Community Church

Judge issues injunction against MacArthur’s church

California Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff sided with Los Angeles County Thursday, banning Grace Community Church from holding indoor worship services because of health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. If the Sun Valley, Calif., church pastored by John MacArthur decides to hold outdoor services, congregants must wear masks and implement social distancing rules, Beckloff added.

Does this end the legal battle? The Thomas More Society, which represents the church and MacArthur, said it will appeal the ruling to protect its client’s constitutional right to worship. Special counsel Charles LiMandri said he was disappointed in the court’s failure to factor in the reduced number of COVID-19 cases and consider the attorneys’ argument on the separation of powers. MacArthur has opened the sanctuary for worship on Sundays since the end of July in defiance of state and county restrictions on indoor gatherings.

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report in Liberties on California churches fined for defying indoor worship bans.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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I'm proud of Rev. MacArthur and those who are attending worship services. It is easy to withdraw and be fearful, but the US needs those who are willing to stand up for all being able to worship together: indoors or outdoors. Virtual worship is fine for a few weeks, but now we need each other and the Gathering of the Saints in song and prayer!

Mary Cupery