Pastor John MacArthur, who defended religious freedom by holding services as essential, against local regulations, said that voting for Biden would be contrary to the Bible.
“Because there’s no way that a Christian can affirm the slaughter of babies, homosexual marriage, or any gross immorality,” MacArthur said, according to Fox News Aug. 30.
He added, “No way we could stand behind a candidate who’s affirming transgender behavior … these things aren’t even political for us … these things are Biblical.”
MacArthur also said two days earlier that he had spoken to President Donald Trump, and told him that true believers would be on his side in the election, which the president appreciated.
“We love God, we desire to honor him, and upholding righteousness in a society is what a church is supposed to do,” MacArthur argued.
Also, “So I said, any real, true believer is going to be on your side in this election because it’s not just an individual, it’s an entire set of policies that Christians cannot, in any way, affirm,” MacArthur told President Trump.
MacArthur seems to be referring to the policies promoted by the Democrats, which he considers harmful.
As punishment, Los Angeles County will hold MacArthur in contempt, for holding religious services indoors, and is considering imposing a $20,000 fine.
For MacArthur’s attorney, Jenna Ellis, L.A. County’s actions are unconstitutional.
” Pastor MacArthur is standing firm that church is essential and has no plans to yield to this tyrannical board, which is clearly defying the Constitution’s mandate to protect religious liberty,” Ellis said, according to Fox News.
Grace Community Church issued a statement on July 24 titled Christ is the head of the church, not Caesar, speaking of “a biblical case for the church’s duty to remain open and calling for “support for the biblical mandate to gather for corporate worship, that is worship in the presence of others—going to church.
MacArthur’s case is not unique; the church, Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, Ventura, California, also opened its doors to hundreds of its faithful, despite the restrictions imposed by local authorities by the CCP ( Chinese Communist Party) Virus, for which it could be sanctioned.
“It’s unjust. We answer to a higher calling,” said Kim Bengard, one churchgoer. “We have a First Amendment right to liberty and to freedom and to meet and congregate. I think we’re obedient to God first and we will submit and pay the fine and we will fight it all the way,” according to CBS.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), expressed his support for Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Chapel, who was summoned before a California judge.
“Are you willing to go to jail for the Constitution? Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Church is! Tomorrow morning, he’ll stand before a CA judge who’s holding Rob in contempt. Thx for standing up for the flock and We the People! The bullies won’t win. We are with you, Pastor,” Cruz tweeted.
Are you willing to go to jail for the Constitution? Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Church is! Tomorrow morning, he’ll stand before a CA judge who’s holding Rob in contempt. Thx for standing up for the flock and We the People! The bullies won’t win. We are with you, Pastor.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 20, 2020