California Christians gather for outdoor and indoor services in spite of coronavirus restrictions

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Despite California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 lockdown measures, thousands of Christians have been gathering in both indoor and outdoor services across the state, Fox News reports.

Around 5,000 people gathered on a beach in San Diego Sunday for an event organized by
worship leader Sean Feucht and his Hold the Line Christian political activism organization. Feucht has been traveling around California, putting on outdoor “Let Us Worship” protests after Newsom placed further COVID-19 restrictions on indoor church services earlier this month.

“It’s just the most raw, organic, gritty gospel,” Feucht told Fox News. “It’s been very eclectic, very diverse in terms of people praying and singing. People got healed, saved, and delivered.” Feucht baptized his own son at this event, too.

In defiance of Newsom’s restrictions on indoor gatherings, pastor and author John MacArthur held large services at his Grace Community Church in Sun Valley on Sunday. “We understand that the world does not understand the importance of the church,” MacArthur told Fox News. “The world does not understand that it is not only essential, but it is the only hope for eternal life for doomed sinners.”

Fox News reports that Feucht and Hold the Line will be traveling to Portland on August 8: “Where the world has only seen destruction and violence, we want to change the narrative and show that the church is rising up to change the storyline in our cities,” Feucht said. “We’re not just going to watch our cities be burned and pillaged. We’re coming to bring hope and peace to the violence.”

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