Pastor John MacArthur told CNN on Aug. 11 that his Grace Community Church held in-person services, which drew thousands of people in Los Angeles, California, on Aug. 9.
MacArthur claimed he was following the Bible (which never mentions holding church services during a pandemic/plague) by openly defying a state order that limits attendance inside a house of worship to 25 percent of capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees:
We opened the doors because that’s what we are, we’re a church and we’re going to trust those people to make adult decisions about the reality of their physical and spiritual health and how that balance works for each one of them. Nobody’s forcing anything, they’re here because they want to be here.
MacArthur claimed that COVID-19 rules are “not constitutional” and “burdensome,” even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the regulations regarding churches on June 2.
MacArthur also said that (science-based) rules make “no sense in light of the actual numbers of death” members of his church are seeing.
Los Angeles County reported 2,428 new coronavirus cases and 58 new deaths on Aug. 12 bringing the Los Angeles County total to 200,802 cases and 4,763 deaths, reports The Hill.
CNN notes: “Los Angeles County is reporting 1,500-2,000 new Covid-19 infections a day.”
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