BANTEN, INDONESIA – DECEMBER 25: Christians hold candles during Christmas Eve mass at a church on December 25, 2018 in Carita, Banten province, Indonesia. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
UPDATED 1:22 PM PT – Saturday, September 4, 2021
California officials are expected to pay a Los Angeles County church that defied mask orders hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle its ongoing legal battle. Recent reports confirmed L.A. County and the state agreed to pay the Grace Community Church in Sun Valley an $800,000 settlement.
This comes as the county attempted to penalize the church for continuing to hold indoor services without social distancing or face covering requirements. However, the church has fought back and sued the state and the county for violating its constitutional and religious freedoms.
“Our commitment to the Word of God and his church has never wavered. We have simply continued to stand firm, as we always have and always will,” said pastor of the church, John MacArthur. “I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not empower it.”
The pastor of the church said California officials can no longer treat people of faith like second-class citizens.