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'The Government Can't Intrude in Worship': John MacArthur Defends Church Reopening to Tucker Carlson

TrĂ© Goins-Phillips : Jul 29, 2020  Faithwire.com

"...In California, you have a 99.99% chance to survive COVID. So why would you shut down the entire state, and particularly when people are frightened, and sometimes, terrified that they're going to die, shut down the church, where most of the intense relationships in our society exist?" -Pastor John MacArthur

[Faithwire.com] John MacArthur, the Los Angeles pastor who reopened his church in defiance of lockdown orders from California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), is defending his much-talked-about decision. (Image: Grace to You-YouTube /via Faithwire)

On Sunday, the Grace Community Church leader told his congregation, "The world does not understand the importance of the church," explaining why he is bucking Newsom's renewed closures, which came in mid-July across dozens of counties in California.

The restrictions on religious gatherings also includes a ban on singing, because doing so would "negate the risk-reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing."

MacArthur appeared on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Tuesday to further defend the reopening of Grace Community Church.

He told host Tucker Carlson the Democratic governor's measures are in violation of the First Amendment, which states Congress "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

"The government can't intrude in worship," MacArthur said. "We stand on that amendment"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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