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In-Home Bible Studies Now Illegal in California?

Jul 16, 2020

The Bible tells us that gathering as brothers and sisters in Christ is an important part of our faith. Matthew 18:20 says, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

In fact, the Greek word for church is "ecclesia," which means "assembly." Yet, CA Gov. Gavin Newsom has decreed this basic and important tenet of worship is totally banned in his state!

First, the governor tried to limit all churches, regardless of their size, to just 10 people total in the building. Then he banned singing and chanting. And on Tuesday, Gov. Newsom issued a new edict via the State's Public Health Officer dictating that about 80 percent of California's faithful may not gather for any worship, no matter how small the gathering.

As of July 13, ALL indoor services are banned in 30 counties, even IN-HOME Bible studies and fellowship. More counties may be added by King Newsom. In the other counties, the worship attendance is limited to 25 percent of building capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. But, singing and chanting is also banned, and this includes in-home Bible studies and fellowship meetings.

Yet the very order that bans indoor church and in-home Bible studies specifically ALLOWS PROTESTS.

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Under California's latest directive, you can engage in revolutionary riots tearing businesses and neighborhoods apart, but you cannot have a Bible study with your neighbor or friend in your own home.

Gov. Newsom used the tired old COVID excuse as his justification for stealing the constitutional rights of California's Christians. But according to empirical data from the CDC, COVID has a death rate of around 0.26% - about the same rate as a tough flu year.

Not only has Gov. Newsom supported the mass protests, for months it has been well-known that he has welcomed COVID-positive people to cross the border with Mexico and flood the California hospitals.

Listen, once tyrannical governors taste power, it’s difficult to set it aside...they typically want more.

When COVID struck, radicals used it as an opportunity to shut down the booming economy, leaving millions unemployed and struggling.

Then the riots began and spread throughout the country. The same radical-leaning governors that have the most severe restrictions on churches publicly supported the mass protests (CA, IL, ME, MN, NJ, NJ, VA and more).

Now, it seems that many governors and local officials prefer to keep people of faith locked in our homes and out of our churches. And in California, Gov. Newsom even bans home fellowship!

Gov. Newsom, we have news for you – you cannot chain the Word of God and the Holy Spirit! It’s been tried before and it won't work.

It is not a stretch, however, to imagine these local and state tyrants will try to keep draconian lockdowns in place until after the election. And then, be prepared for the next round when they want to force you to take an untested vaccine.

Members of the Faith & Liberty team are working with literally thousands of pastors across America to resist these unconstitutional restrictions on religious liberty!

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Again, these restrictions on churches and houses of worship are illegal and unconstitutional. The First Amendment protects the right to worship as you please and without government interference.

If we allow tyrannical government officials to rob us of our inalienable right to religious freedom, they will take more and more, until religious freedom is lost forever — and all the other liberties we have will also disappear.

That's why I am so thankful for YOU, the faithful Faith & Liberty donor. Your donations ensure that Faith & Liberty can stand with pastors and churches across the nation illegally shuttered by power-grabbing governors. And now you have a chance to DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT in this battle!

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Finally, we encourage you to put on the full armor of God. The battle for America's soul has taken a dangerous turn and all believers will need to prepare themselves with Scripture and prayer for what is coming. The good news is, we know Who wins in the end!

Your missionaries to Washington, D.C.,

Peggy Nienaber, Vice-President
Mat Staver, Chairman
Rev. Gregory Cox, Lead Missionary

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