Speaking to his congregation before his sermon yesterday, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church touched on a couple of topics, including both the lawsuits with the county, as well as his own COVID diagnoses back in December of 2020.
“It appears… that this lawsuit is going in our favor, and we’re deeply grateful for that. We’ve been getting those kinds of signals for the last number of weeks. And what has come recently is the city itself, put on the agenda for this coming Tuesday night, the resolution of this lawsuit (August 31). And that’s what the media picked up….
We’re also grateful to the Lord that the county in the state of California wants to settle this because they do not want a trial. That would not serve them well since Grace Church has flourished in this entire period of time. I will say this, there’s no money coming to Grace Church, there was a statement about 400,000 coming from the county and 400,000 from the state.
That goes to the Thomas Moore society. They paid all the legal costs, we haven’t paid one cent for legal fees, and all this year and a half. And so that would go to reimburse them along with another million. I think that the state of California spent on legal fees. So nothing will come to us except the affirmation that the Lord preserved and protected us through this and we’ll know more about that on Tuesday.”
Turning to the novel coronavirus, the 81-year-old MacArthur makes a shocking admission about the two weeks in December where he missed service for what was widely reported at the time was a flu or a stomach bug:
But I do want to correct a few things. First of all, there were statements made there about outbreaks and deaths and things like that, that there is no evidence that can be traced back to Grace Church in those situations.
So we understand that obviously, many people contracted COVID we understand that it probably went through our church in maybe December, January, that’s when I began to realize how many people were ill. And that’s when Patricia and I enjoyed our own bout with COVID for about a week and a half and, and we were fine. And we’re thankful for that. So the Lord has protected us through this.
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