Amid the back and forth, Los Angeles district officials appear to have retaliated against Pastor John MacArthur by terminating a decade-long lease from Grace Community Church.
Since 1975, Grace Community Church has rented much of its parking lot from the county. For no reason, officials from the county public works department decided to vacate the church, Patch reported.
"If Grace does not vacate the premises as required, the district may enter the premises and remove Grace's personal property in accordance with the agreement and applicable law. Grace is responsible for all resulting costs incurred by the district," one said Message from the county.
Jenna Ellis, an attorney representing Grace Community Church, argued that Los Angeles officials were “taking revenge” on MacArthur and his community for choosing to continue personal services on Sunday morning despite instructions from Governor Gavin Newsom (D) to the contrary to be held).
"In America we have a judicial system to ensure that the executive branch does not abuse its power, and Grace Community Church has every right to be heard without fear of reprisal," she said. “The message from the Democrats to Americans is clear – if you don't bow to every whim of tyranny, the government will come after you. The Church has kept this lease peaceful for 45 years and the only reason the county is trying to evict it , is that John MacArthur opposed her unconstitutional takeover. "
"This is harassment, abusive and incomprehensible," added Ellis.
MacArthur has continued to draw the ire of progressive California lawmakers as he held indoor services amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In mid-August, a judge ruled in MacArthur's favor that Church meetings were an essential service. The minister may continue to hold face-to-face services until a full hearing is held on September 4.
Earlier this month, MacArthur appeared on CNN telling host Brianna Keilar that he believed the California government was targeting the church and using the coronavirus as an excuse for unconstitutional takeover.
He told Grace Community Church attendees, “They know that life is being restricted in ways that are non-constitutional, that are burdensome, that target the church, and that, given the actual number of deaths they see, none Makes sense. ”