The New American: Once officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health finished “investigating” Grace Church of Sun Valley, California, for holding in-person services in defiance of the state’s mandates limiting such services, they sent a “cease and desist” order to senior pastor John MacArthur. If he continues such defiance, and holds services in the future, he faces a daily fine of $1,000 or arrest.
He continues to hold such services, and a top-drawer coterie of high-powered attorneys are gathering around the church and its pastor to offer free legal assistance. Such assistance is likely to be needed, and soon.
One of the attorneys is constitutional lawyer Jenna Ellis, a senior fellow at the Falkirk Center for Faith & Liberty who provides legal counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom. She is also the senior legal counsel to the Trump 2020 presidential campaign, has served on the president’s legal team during his impeachment trial, and is Trump’s personal counsel. Read More …
Opinion: That President Trump sent constitutional lawyer Jenna Ellis, senior legal counsel to the Trump 2020 presidential campaign to defend religious freedom, is being kept real quiet by the mainstream press.
Not only can I not remember any president doing that, I cannot remember a time when it was needed. Eight years of Barack Obama left a lot of scars.
Pastor John MacArthur opened his sermon at Grace Community Church on Sunday morning:
Attorney Jenna Ellis:
“Pastor MacArthur and Grace Community Church are not disobeying the Constitution; it is California’s Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti [who] are defying their constitutional obligation to protect religious freedom and church assembly.
Our American system of government specifically recognizes that our individual, fundamental right to free exercise of religion and freedom of assembly is a pre-political, God-given, inalienable right.
That right is not given by the government or the Constitution, but rather, government is mandated by the Constitution to preserve and protect it for the church.
Grace Community Church has every right to assemble without impossible and unreasonable infringement from the state, and the state has absolutely no power to impose the restrictions it is demanding.
President Trump stood in the gap, Ezekiel 22:30.
Thanks to VS for contributing to this post.