Calvary Chapel in San Jose faces lawsuit, $350K fines for indoor services
Pastor Mike McClure of Calvary Chapel San Jose, who is facing fines of at least $350,000 and now a lawsuit for holding indoor services since May 31 in violation of Gov. Gavin Newsomâ€™s restrictions on churches during the COVID-19 pandemic, says heâ€™s â€ścalled to preach the Gospel.â€ť
Acknowledging the fines and legal challenge, McClure told his congregation on Sunday, â€śThere are people who are accusing us that we are trying to kill people, that we donâ€™t care about people. Thatâ€™s the farthest thing from the truth.â€ť
About 600 people have been attending services in a space that has the capacity to hold 1,900 people, while the county limits indoor gatherings to 100 people....
In Africa and South Asia, Christians are being killed, kidnapped, enslaved, etc for their faith. Here in the US, the tactic today is to regulate Christians and churches. Maybe someone will toss an incendiary device on your building's roof. Sue your church for some infraction.
My wife made a profound statement today. A church is like a large family, and just like the government has no business regulating someone's family, so they also have no business regulating someone's church.
The situation in Africa is different than in the US.
I don't think we will face persecution like our African brethern. Ours is more like our brethern in China.