(ETH) – In a recent interview on CNN featuring the pastor of Grace Community in California, John MacArthur and host, Brianna Keilar a heated confrontation followed where MacArthur claimed that the California government is “targeting” the church.
MacArthur has garnered a lot of press attention in recent weeks for openly defying the orders of Governor. Gavin Newsom (D), who recently mandated that churches in California remain closed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday, MacArthur labeled the morning worship service “a peaceful protest,” a reference to the fact that Black Lives Matter protests and riots in the wake of the death of George Floyd in late May have flourished, largely unencumbered by lawmakers around the country.
At the same time, churches have been ordered to remain closed and gatherings of any other kind — to include mourning the deaths of loved ones — have been restricted. Meanwhile, Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have also threatened MacArthur with $1,000 daily fines if he continues to keep the church open in defiance.