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MacArthur Prevails – California Court Says Church and Pastor Entitled to Trial

MacArthur Prevails – California Court Says Church and Pastor Entitled to Trial

Thomas More Society Attorneys Label LA County’s Contempt Order “Constitutionally Invalid” Attorneys for Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church prevailed in yet another hearing today in Los Angeles Superior Court, arguing that MacArthur and the Church are entitled to a full trial on the merits of their challenge to the constitutionality of the government […]

Los Angeles, Santa Clara Counties intensify War on Churches: LA terminates parking lot lease; Santa Clara fines church $15,000

Los Angeles, Santa Clara Counties intensify War on Churches: LA terminates parking lot lease; Santa Clara fines church $15,000

By Michael Hernandez LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County Public Works Director Mark Pestrella has terminated a 45-year parking lot lease between Los Angeles and Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur during a prolonged war against the church in what attorneys are calling “retaliatory action” after losing several court battles. “Los Angeles County is retaliating against Grace […]

Brief filed Supporting Free Exercise Right of Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church to Conduct In-Person, Indoor Church Services

Brief filed Supporting Free Exercise Right of Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church to Conduct In-Person, Indoor Church Services

Brief filed Supporting Free Exercise Right of Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church to Conduct In-Person, Indoor Church Services County of Los Angeles, et al. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Two) (Read brief here) You may be following the continuing battle between Grace Community […]

Pastor John MacArthur prevails as judge denies LA County’s fourth attempt to shutdown Grace Community Church

Pastor John MacArthur prevails as judge denies LA County’s fourth attempt to shutdown Grace Community Church

LOS ANGELES—Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff has issued a 5-page opinion County of Los Angeles et al. v. Grace Community Church et al., denying the County of Los Angeles’s renewed application for a temporary restraining order against the church and Pastor John MacArthur. (Editor’s Note: To see the opinion issued by Judge Mitchell Beckloff go to following link: https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/20STCV30695-LA-SC-8-25-20.pdf.) Thomas […]

Superior Court tries to shutdown indoor services at L.A. megachurch on Monday

Superior Court tries to shutdown indoor services at L.A. megachurch on Monday

By Michael Hernandez LOS ANGELES–Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church will be in Superior Court again for the fourth time on Monday as the Country tries to shutdown indoor services at this megachurch in Sun Valley. The church received a cease-and-desist letter from county lawyers on July 29 warning that violating state and county […]

UPDATE: LA County Court Sides with MacArthur, Grace Community Church Can Hold Indoor Worship Services

UPDATE: LA County Court Sides with MacArthur, Grace Community Church Can Hold Indoor Worship Services

Steve Warren The Los Angeles County Superior Court announced Thursday there’s no court order prohibiting Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church from holding indoor worship services.  “We are pleased with the outcome today. Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff correctly found there is no court order prohibiting Grace Community Church from holding indoor services. LA County […]

California Megachurch Wins in Court, Resumes Indoor Services Despite Lockdown Order

California Megachurch Wins in Court, Resumes Indoor Services Despite Lockdown Order

BY MATTHEW VADUM A state judge in California put Gov. Gavin Newsom’s emergency order from July prohibiting indoor church services during the coronavirus pandemic on hold after a Los Angeles-area megachurch filed a lawsuit. The decision comes as thousands of Christians in the state continue to attend in-person religious services in open defiance of Newsom. Other churches […]

Los Angeles church wages full-fledged battle against County, State; Wins Round 1 in Religious Freedom court case

Los Angeles church wages full-fledged battle against County, State; Wins Round 1 in Religious Freedom court case

By Michael Hernandez  SUN VALLEY—Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church engaged in a full-fledged battle against the County and State has won Round 1 of a Religious Freedom court case on Friday (Aug. 14).  The verdict from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant: “No attendance cap” and congregants can “worship Sunday indoors with […]

VICTORY! California Judge Says John MacArthur Can Hold Indoor Church

VICTORY! California Judge Says John MacArthur Can Hold Indoor Church

By  Todd Starnes  A California judge today ruled that Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church can hold indoor church services and they can even sing songs. It proves a point I made in my new book, “Culture Jihad” — when people of faith take a stand and engage their rights we can win the day. Click here […]