The bible clearly declares Christ is head of the church not man. Times are changing fast and it seems we are running to catch up. Spiritual war has now been declared openly. Do not fret or allow what is happening to deter you from standing in your faith. The church began under persecution and it will depart under persecution. Although persecution is happening world wide, let’s take a look at one state where churches are standing in their faith against their Governor.
Christ Is Head Of The Church Not Man
The Governor of California is busy and wants the churches to comply with his rules. As you read the news, it has been said, “never let a good crisis go to waste”. Well Governor Newsom of California is taking full advantage of the COVID-19 crisis.
The churches in California are tired of the relentless bans against the house of God. So much so, that three of these churches Sue Gov. Newsom for Banning “Singing” In Houses of Worship.
Governor Gavin Newsom of California is on the move again and another action has been taken. In an article titled “California Department of Public Health issued a new order on Monday, mandating restaurants, bars, churches, fitness centers, hair salons, and barbershops in at least 32 of the state’s counties to close indefinitely.“
A well known Pastor John MacArthur announced that his California church, Grace Community Church, made a decision to hold in-person services. He wrote a very concise and biblically based letter for their decision to open up their church.
At the end of his letter you can sign to stand with his statement. Pray for him and all believers as we see the last days play out.
John MacArthur Writes a Letter To Keep His Church Open
Christ is Lord of all. He is the one true head of the church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18). He is also King of kings—sovereign over every earthly authority (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16). Grace Community Church has always stood immovably on those biblical principles. As His people, we are subject to His will and commands as revealed in Scripture. Therefore we cannot and will not acquiesce to a government-imposed moratorium on our weekly congregational worship or other regular corporate gatherings. Compliance would be disobedience to our Lord’s clear commands….
… Said another way, it has never been the prerogative of civil government to order, modify, forbid, or mandate worship. When, how, and how often the church worships is not subject to Caesar. Caesar himself is subject to God. Jesus affirmed that principle when He told Pilate, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11). And because Christ is head of the church, ecclesiastical matters pertain to His Kingdom, not Caesar’s. Jesus drew a stark distinction between those two kingdoms when He said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). Our Lord Himself always rendered to Caesar what was Caesar’s, but He never offered to Caesar what belongs solely to God…
… The biblical order is clear: Christ is Lord over Caesar, not vice versa. Christ, not Caesar, is head of the church. Conversely, the church does not in any sense rule the state. Again, these are distinct kingdoms, and Christ is sovereign over both. Neither church nor state has any higher authority than that of Christ Himself, who declared, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18)… read full blog by John MacArthur
Since John MacArthur wrote a letter stating “that Jesus is the head of the church”, the governor has taken action.
See the article titled “Pastor John MacArthur may face fine, arrest for holding indoor services: ‘We will obey God rather than men” below to read more about it.
County officials have allegedly threatened Grace Community Church in California with fines and possible arrest for reopening his church in defiance of lockdown orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom during the pandemic. Still, Pastor John MacArthur has vowed to continue in-person services.
“We will obey God rather than men,” MacArthur said in a video statement Friday. “We’re going to be faithful to the Lord and we’re going to leave the results to Him. Whatever happens is going to be what He allows to happen. But He will be on our side because we will be obedient and faithful to His word.”
“We will not bow to Caesar,” he added. “The Lord Jesus Christ is our king.”… by Christian Post
Another article by Prophecy Tracker titled “California Pastor Receives Legal Help From Trump Attorney“
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… by Prophecy Tracker