Pastor John MacArthur Scores ‘Historic Win’ in Church Closure Battle

As California officials proceeded with efforts to reintroduce coronavirus-related public health restrictions across the state, the pastor of a Los Angeles megachurch scored a major victory Friday in his fight to keep his house of worship open.

According to Jenna Ellis, special counsel for the conservative law firm the Thomas More Society, a California judge has ruled that Grace Community Church in Los Angeles can remain open for communal worship under minimal restrictions until a full hearing can be granted in Pastor John MacArthur’s recent lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and other officials.

Ellis called the ruling a “historic win” for MacArthur and the church.

“An HISTORIC WIN today for @johnmacarthur and @GraceComChurch!” Ellis wrote on Twitter. “Judge allows indoor services with singing and no attendance cap! Church agrees to adhere to mask and social distancing until full hearing.”

“FIRST CA Court to recognize #ChurchIsEssential!” she added.


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