This image of me with Pastor John MacArthur is one of my all-time favorite photos. Next to my own Pastor of 30 years, Zac Nazarian of  Hope Chapel , Hermosa Beach, and  Ray Comfort , he has influenced me more than any other man in terms of solid Bible exposition, Christian living and holy boldness in the Lord.
MacArthur's stance against one of the “lesser magistrates,” the hypocritical Governor of California, by opening up his church—with no social distancing and no mask wearing—in defiance of Gov. Newsom’s egregious lock-down order, challenges the media lie in this age of Covid-19. (I do understand that there is a 0.02% chance of contracting the virus and dying.)

His church Elder Board statement (read it here) was the inspiration for my Sunday sermon (see below). I explained from Acts 5 that there will come a time when American Christians may have to resist the heavy hand of the State when it forbids worship gatherings.

“Christ is the one true head of His church, and we intend to honor that vital truth in all our gatherings,” says the statement. “For that preeminent reason, we cannot accept and will not bow to the intrusive restrictions government officials now want to impose on our congregation. We offer this response without rancor, and not out of hearts that are combative or rebellious (1 Timothy 2:1–8; 1 Peter 2:13–17), but with a sobering awareness that we must answer to the Lord Jesus for the stewardship He has given to us as shepherds of His precious flock.

“Our prayer is that every faithful congregation will stand with us in obedience to our Lord as Christians have done through the centuries.”

The apostles resisted because they obeyed God rather than men. Sadly, most churches will acquiesce to the State. I believe this is God’s way of starting to purge His true church. Those who have gotten used to online services would rather praise God in their pajamas, while one third of professing Christians have stopped gathering in fellowship altogether, according to the latest Barna Research survey.

Add to that, the 2020 State of the Bible report showing that only 9% of Christians read their Bibles daily, and you can see why it's time God wakes us up.

Certainly, we are due for a shaking. I only hope I will stand. Will you?
From Pastor John MacArthur's sermon on Sunday in defiance of the Democrat Gov's lockdown order:

"Why not sooner? Predictions of death. Why now? Aren't we putting people in danger? The real danger in this world is spiritual, isn't it? But let's talk about that danger from the virus. 27 states have a higher death rate than California. 27 states. California has had about 8,300 persons die — and I just got this information from the state sources yesterday — 8,300 persons have died with Covid. Not necessarily from it, but with it. At least, that's what we're told. And for California, the California statistic is, that's 21 people out of every 100,000. That means the death rate is .02[%]. 99.98% of people will not die from this. But, there's another statistic: Half of those people who died are over 80. So, if you're under 80, you have a 99.99% chance that you're going to live through this whole thing. That just does not equate to the response this society has had. Read the rest here.
Last Sunday, we had the largest attendance in three years as I spoke about a new day coming to the American church, a day that I thought would be far off, one that I hoped I’d never see.

Events have escalated so rapidly in the last several months, I’m afraid that we are going to have to face the fact that Christ’s church is now under assault in these United States. And, we must be prepared to obey Christ rather than the government.
"No King But Christ" (30 min.)
John MacArthur said more in three minutes than most pastors do in three years. Watch this short interview with Tucker Carlson by clicking here.