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August 31, 2020

Los Angeles County Yanks Parking Lot Lease Out from Under Pastor John MacArthur and Church

Los Angeles County Yanks Parking Lot Lease Out from Under Pastor John MacArthur and Church

August 31, 2020
Freedom
August 31, 2020

Los Angeles County Yanks Parking Lot Lease Out from Under Pastor John MacArthur and Church

Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church are being kicked out of the parking lot they have leased continually since 1975 in what is being labelled a retaliatory move on the part of Los Angeles County. Thomas More Society attorneys are defending the renowned pastor and his congregation against an aggressive assault by the county over the right to hold indoor worship services.

A letter terminating the church’s lease on a large portion of their parking lot was issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works on August 28, 2020. Grace Community Church has been given 30 days to vacate the property they began using 45 years ago.

Attorney Jenna Ellis, Special Counsel to Thomas More Society, stated: “Los Angeles County is retaliating against Grace Community Church for simply exercising their constitutionally protected right to hold church and challenging an unreasonable, unlawful health order. In America, we have a judicial system to ensure that the executive branch does not abuse its power, and Grace Community Church has every right to be heard without fear of reprisal. The Democrats’ message to Americans is clear—if you don’t bow to every whim of tyranny, the government will come after you. The church has peacefully held this lease for 45 years and the only reason the county is attempting eviction is because John MacArthur stood up to their unconstitutional power grab. This is harassment, abusive, and unconscionable.”

The county has attempted multiple times to shut down services at the West Coast megachurch and on August 25, 2020, a California Superior Court judge denied Los Angeles County’s fourth attempt to obtain a temporary restraining order against the congregation and its pastor.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled to take place on September 4, 2020, in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Read the letter of eviction dated August 28, 2020, addressed to Grace Community Church and signed by Mark Pestrella, Director of Public Works, County of Los Angeles here.