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Persecution in California

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  • Originally posted by mossrose View Post
    I don't know about that yet. And he did mention on Sunday that the church will not be getting a penny of any of it, as it will all go the Thomas More society, who supplied the team of lawyers and paid the legal fees. He also indicated that nothing would be certain until tonight when, I guess, the ruling comes down.
    Well, yeah, and getting a judgment does not mean getting a check.
    The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.


    • The county has settled and will be paying all legal fees, and the church will get to keep the parking spaces that the county was holding hostage for a year!

      Waiting for an announcement of this.

      Praise God! Now if the government in Alberta would give up and do the same. They've postponed court so many times because they refused to provide their "evidence" for shutting churches down.

      Securely anchored to the Rock amid every storm of trial, testing or tribulation.


      • Here is the statement from the church, just posted. It doesn’t go into detail much, but is praise for how God has worked in the church over the past year.

        Join us in thanking the Lord that a settlement agreement has been reached between Los Angeles County and Grace Community Church. The following is a statement from Pastor John:

        We are very grateful for our Lord’s protection and providence throughout this past year. Our commitment to the Word of God and His church has never wavered. We have simply continued to stand firm, as we always have and always will. We put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the head of the church. Over the past year, our congregation has seen His hand of blessing in ways like never before, and the Lord’s promise has been realized: “I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” I am thankful for the advocacy of our attorneys, Jenna Ellis and Charles LiMandri, and this outcome.
        Last edited by mossrose; 09-01-2021, 10:43 AM.

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        • From one of our GCC Pastors & Elders— Mike Riccardi:

          “It’s wonderful to finally be able to officially report that the legal conflict between LA County and Grace Community Church has come to a close.

          For attempting to exercise unconstitutional public health mandates, the state of California is ordered to pay $400,000 to Grace Church for compensation for legal fees. LA County is also ordered to pay $400,000 in Grace Church’s legal fees, and that’s on top of the nearly $1,000,000 they paid for their own legal representation. This is good. It should be expensive to attack religious freedoms in violation of the protections afforded by the Constitution.

          But it is also worth noting that Grace Church’s decision to defy these unconstitutional public health orders did not become legal today, with the announcement of this decision. This decision was simply the public vindication that our actions have always been consistent with the supreme governing authority of our land, the U.S. Constitution. Though acting in defiance of public health orders, we were never acting illegally.

          What this means is, contrary to what has been so often alleged, we were never acting in disobedience to the principles in Scripture which call for submission to governing authorities. Romans 13 cannot and does not bind the consciences of Christians to submit to unlawful governmental orders under the pretense of fidelity to lawfulness. The command to submit to lawful authority cannot and does not bind one to obey a command which that authority has no lawful authority to issue (cf. Matt 22:21). According to God’s great mercy, that principle is enshrined in our Constitution’s disallowing of the State to prohibit the free exercise of religion.

          What this also means is, “Romans 13” was never, is not now, and never will be a biblical justification for churches to modify the terms or circumstances of their worship according to the dictates of civil authorities. Christ, not Caesar, is the head of the church. We’re thankful to Jesus Christ, King of all kings, for a decision that vindicates that truth.

          Soli Deo Gloria.

          Last edited by mossrose; 09-02-2021, 09:34 AM.

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          • The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.


            • This from the worship service yesterday morning.

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