Ps John MacArthur and Grace Community Church celebrated a major victory Friday after a California superior court judge ruled in favour of the church’s constitutionally protected right to keep their doors open, and have in-person fellowship.

“This is a huge vindication for Pastor John and the Board of elders at Grace Community Church, who have simply asked for their right to worship the Lord together in church to be acknowledged and protected.”

Thomas More Society Attorney Jenna Ellis explained. “When I spoke with Pastor John after the hearing, he expressed sincere gratitude to the California court and Judge Chalfant. He said his congregation will be happy to comply with the judge’s temporary order.”

The Church was asked to temporarily require all congregants wear masks and socially distance, a measure which continues until the full hearing set for September 4th.

“I am very grateful the court has allowed us to meet inside and we are happy for a few weeks to comply and respect what the judge has asked of us because he is allowing is to meet.” MacArthur said in response the August 14th court ruling. “This vindicates our desire to stay open and serve our people. This also gives us an opportunity to show that we are not trying to be rebellious or unreasonable, but that we will stand firm to protect our church against unreasonable, unconstitutional restrictions.”

Charles LiMandri, who also represents the church, stresses that the Church needs continued prayed for the judges order to stand in the full hearing so that “all Californians can soon resume the worship of God in their respective churches.”