I hesitated to even write this article, lest we continue to increase attention for what Phil Johnson so accurately called “scandalmongering twaddle.” The start of this was covered last week, but many of the following points can’t be made often enough.
Julie Roys, the long-discredited pal of conservative stalwarts (ahem) like Karen Swallow Prior and Wade Burleson, launched a fresh attack on John MacArthur and Grace Community Church for daring to not report their church members’ prayer requests and private medical information to the state.
Apparently given a copy of a prayer request list from the Sojourner’s Fellowship Group at GCC (which contained health-related prayer requests – some regarding COVID-19), Roys gleefully rushed to her keyboard to express her outrage for the church (or its members) not sending a report of their prayer requests to the government:
A document obtained by The Roys Report shows John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church (GCC) last week knew of at least a dozen people in one of its fellowship groups with COVID-19.
However, there’s no evidence these cases were reported to local public health officials. This, despite an order requiring churches to report when at least three coronavirus cases are identified among a church staff or congregation within a 14-day span.
Roys’ blog has published a multitude of articles chronicling Dr. MacArthur and GCC’s “defiance” and “mocking of distancing and masks” (for the record, masks and distancing don’t work). She took a swipe at MacArthur back in March because a 90-year-old passed away after attending ShepCon and was later confirmed to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Apparently, GCC’s warning to attendees that they might have been exposed came a couple of days too late for Roys’ preference.
Her website publishes articles that are uncritically accepting of the government narrative on the so-called coronavirus pandemic – the same government that has lied continuously since the beginning of the virus and trampled the civil rights of Christians and non-Christians alike. She has been supportive of the “God isn’t bound to location” idea that is fine with so-called “online church.”
Let’s be clear about what Julie Roys is advocating. She believes God calls the church to lock believers out when the government says to, and on the off chance that the church gets the government to abide by the first amendment of the Constitution, the church should subject its members’ prayer requests and private medical information to the government.
News to Julie: The Church of Jesus Christ is not called to be the Gestapo for Gavin Newsom or any other would-be Caesar. Submission to governing authorities does not involve submitting our worship practices for their approval. A prayer list is neither proof of dangerous coronavirus spread nor evidence of a crime. We have one King, and He did not give anyone else authority over his Church. What you are calling for is horrifying.
While Roys has done some very good work in exposing church scandals like those perpetrated by James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel, her simmering feminism roared into full force after John MacArthur told Beth Moore to go home last year. Roys calls herself “complementarian,” as if the term has any real meaning anymore in terms of the roles of men and women in the Church, yet she consistently platforms theological liberals and women preachers (she’s admitted that being on the radio helps fulfill her desire to be a preacher). Most egregiously, she refuses to call women pastors out for their blatant violation of God’s Word.
Now she’s running short of MacDonald-like scandals (yes, Jerry Falwell Jr. is disgraced and Ravi Zacharias is dead), so she is trying to remain “relevant” on John MacArthur’s coattails.
My advice to her: Stop embarrassing yourself trying to slime a faithful preacher and man of God like John MacArthur, and perhaps study up a little bit on how much of a fraud the COVID-19 “pandemic” is.
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