John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church in 2020

I’m sure many of you have heard stories of what has been going on at Grace Community Church (GCC) in Sun Valley, California, near Los Angeles. To put it mildly, they have been under attack. But, as I heard John MacArthur say today, 2020 has been a very clarifying year; the forces that have come against them have give them a great clarity (of what is really going on in the world and with Satan against the Church; and what is the churches purpose in the world).

My notes are very sporadic, but I will try to give you what was said in John MacArthur’s sermon. I will break it down into five parts.

GCC Has Been Under A Massive Assault

  • Since the spring of 2020 GCC was forbidden to meet together, to sing together, or to have any fellowship meetings. But they did it anyway, probably citing Acts 5:28-29, saying “we must obey God rather than men.”
  • GCC has been fined every Sunday since August, and has had nine court hearings. But so far, no judge has dared to convict the church. 
  • In October four church employees out of about 300 tested positive for Covid-19, and the media declare it “an outbreak.” But since then, they had to detract that declaration as untrue. Four cases are not an outbreak.

GCC Has Seen More Growth Than Ever Before

  • In the last ten months the offering plate at GCC has not been passed, yet during that time frame more money has come in the history of the church.
  • GCC has had a greater ministry with the police department than ever before.
  • In 2020, 25,000 MacArthur Study Bibles went out to prisons. A new record.
  • GCC have done weddings and funerals
  • GCC has grown in numbers because of covid-19.

The Churches Continuing Purpose

  • Though the new administration says they will support religious freedom, MacArthur says religious freedom sends people to hell—because being free to worship as we choose is not biblical. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life.” There is no other way to believe than through Jesus. We should support only the truth.
  • The churches purpose is to support the truth and to expose all lies as lies.

Many Churches Are Compromising

  • The shift of evangelical leadership is to compromise, because of the social justice issue. But social justice is not equal justice. Social justice is now working to give money to homosexuals and to abortion clinics and to let criminals out of jail and to invite criminals and drugs into our country in the name of social justice.

The Future of the Church

  • MacArthur said “We don’t win down here. But we win on the eternal battle field.”
  • We are entering into an era of injustice and death for the church.
  • Christianity is about two deaths: we died with Christ when we were saved; and we die to self and to the world when we live in the world as a Christian.

John MacArthur Says Open your Church

In this video, https://video.foxnews.com/v/6199606162001#sp=news-clips, John MacArthur, a popular California pastor, points our that the rate of covid-19 infection in California, at .000015%, is ridiculously low and not a reason to call off church. He said that they have been holding church services as they normally do. His church holds 8,000 on a Sunday and the church has been packed. No one wares masks or social distances. But he reports that for the last 7 months no one has gotten sick from covid. No one!

When asked why the government insists on the lock-down of churches in California, but permits BLM marches and riots, he stated simply that they favor one over the other. And he also insists that the constitution favors religious freedom; and that is why he feels that he is right in allowing his church to continue meeting as usual.

I’m not sure that I would be as bold as MacArthur, but I’m impressed by his stance. I heard him say one time that if the government puts him in jail, he will accept it as God’s will. He said that he always wanted to have a prison ministry.

Breaking News Tidbits from Don Stewart

I just recently got to know Don Stewart. He has written quite a few books, mainly on bible prophecy and current events. I have been listening to his daily Breaking News podcast. It’s quite informative and I thought I would pass a few of his News tidbits on to you. Most of it is not word for word, but is accurate.

Minneapolis crime wave. Minneapolis city council is alarmed by a surg in crime (assaults, robbery, and homicides) months after voting to defund the police. This is news that is close to me. Though I don’t live in the city, I’m not far from the city limits.

Coronavirus made in a lab. A Dr Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist, said that Covid-19 was made in a lab in Wuhan, China; and she has evidence to show it. Recently she has been black listed from Twitter. Apparently, many, especially Chinese people, are quite upset with her for spilling the beans.

AG Barr has made a controversial comment. William Barr said recently that the Nation-wide stay-at-home-orders to prevent the spread of Coronavirus have been the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history other than slavery.Don Stewart made a point especially about many churches not being able to meet. John MacArthur has been in the news a lot lately and has been threatened with fines and even jail time. MacArthur jokingly shrugged it off saying that he always wanted to be involved in a prison ministry. Personally, I think John MacArthur is a bold warrior for the Lord, and I usually always trust what he says in his messages.

Oregon protests and riots have backfired. According to recent polls, two-thirds of Oregon voters disapprove of BLM and protests; and Trump has a higher rating in Oregon than their own governor and mayors. It would be so good for Oregon to get some new, republican leaders installed.