Governor Gavin Newsom and others have deemed churches non-essential, which means they are restricted in the number of people who can gather, rendering regular worship services all but unworkable. Some worshipers believe this infringes on their right to Freedom of Religion and are meeting anyway.
Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California is one of the congregations defying the governor’s orders. Pictures from last weekend show at least hundreds of people in the pews, which sets up a showdown with local and state authorities.
When asked what might happen, Phil Johnson, executive director of Grace to You, the teaching ministry of Grace Community Church Pastor MacArthur, tweeted:
“The local authorities say their plan is to shut off power to the church.”
“To be clear: they haven’t threatened GCC specifically. That’s what the mayor says he’ll do to any church that meets.”
It will be interesting to see if local authorities follow through, and if they do, how Grace responds. It looks like a good time for an early morning service outside in the parking lot.