The welcome was followed by a thunderous applause from the congregants, after which MacArthur smiled and said, “Are you glad to be here?”
“Everything for us is based on the Word of God,” he continued. “That means we are pro-life, pro-family, pro-law-and-order, and pro-church of the Lord Jesus Christ.” MacArthur then introduced Chaplain Morehouse from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to open the service in prayer. The implication of having the LAPD chaplain at the service was not lost on the congregation. Again they erupted into loud and long applause.
John MacArthur and Grace Community Church have been in the news the last few weeks because they have taken the stance they won’t follow Governor Gavin Newsom’s orders that have banned indoor worship services due to the spread of COVID-19. MacArthur has stated that “Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church” and announced last week that they have procured legal representation for the battle they will inevitably face.
— Darrell B. Harrison (@D_B_Harrison) August 9, 2020
On Wednesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference threatening to shut off utilities for houses, businesses, and “large gatherings” that violate health orders given to the state due to the spread of COVID-19. So far, this announcement doesn’t appear to have affected Grace Community Church, which is located in Sun Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles.
LAPD Chaplain Prays for the Service
During the service, Morehouse read two verses:
Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Chaplain Morehouse then prayed for a “strong wall” and a “mighty shield” of protection around the church. He prayed the pastors, elders, and church members of Grace Community Church would have “the wisdom and faith to weather all of the things going on in church and outside church.” Morehouse asked God to help those of faith to push back against the “evil one”, because he (Satan) tries to break our spirit, but with God on our side we won’t be broken.
"Good morning everyone. I'm so happy to welcome you to the Grace Church 'Peaceful Protest'.
~John MacArthur's opening comment to services.
Congregation erupts in joy & applause.
Introduces Chaplin Morehouse of LAPD to lead opening prayer.
Congregation- long applause. pic.twitter.com/upfsyCeZQX
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You can watch the entire sermon here.