For months now, we’ve been talking about the COVID denial of Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in California. This is the person who openly celebrated the lack of social distancing and face masks in his congregation, once telling a packed house, “the good news is you’re here, you’re not distancing, and you’re not wearing masks.” In August, he falsely claimed, “There is no pandemic.”
And then, in October, there was an outbreak at his church. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed three cases had been traced back to the ministry. That number soon grew to five.
MacArthur denied the seriousness of this, basically writing off a small handful of positive tests in a congregation of thousands. By mid-November, whatever temporary restrictions the church had instituted were gone.
We’re now finding out that the COVID cover-up at this church goes far deeper than MacArthur would ever let on.
Reporter Julie Roys spoke with a church leader who asked to remain anonymous, but whose identity she confirmed, who said there are staffers with COVID, professors at MacArthur’s school who have COVID, members of the church’s Filipino ministry who have COVID (including one person who’s in the hospital) — and all of that is separate from another allegedly well-connected person who posted on Medium about the COVID denial at the church:
… two weeks ago at the Grace Staff Christmas party lunch was served and maskless elderly and Elders sat shoulder to shoulder, hugged and shook hands and along with the Filet Mignon, were spoon fed the following from John MacArthur:
- COVID PCR tests are inaccurate and should not be trusted.
- Don’t take the vaccine as it’s just a money ploy.
- Grace is welcoming 400 new members.
- The giving is the best it’s ever been.
- There are no long-term side effects to COVID.
That same person noted that seven people at that party have since tested positive for COVID. Obviously, that hasn’t been confirmed.
Roys also points out that a number of Facebook posts, including some in private groups associated with MacArthur’s church, have talked about COVID cases among church members. Maybe the most frightening thing about this Christian Death Cult is this passage:
I spoke with multiple members of Grace Community Church this week who said they were scared of speaking out about the outbreak for fear of retribution. Some said they feared losing their jobs. Others said they feared being ostracized and losing their community.
I’ve said this before, but it’s worth asking again: How many people have to die before the leaders of this church take COVID seriously? What’s the body count? How many positive tests do they need to see before they just move things online for the safety of all their members?
Or will they continue denying what experts figured out a long time ago, even if it leads to more suffering for their own members?
This is a church that has every ability to move online if it wants to. The production quality would be high, and the sermons could be seen by anyone who wants to watch. But moving online would mean admitting that epidemiologists and other scientists were right about the virus and these Christians are way too stubborn to admit scientists have a better grasp on reality than the Bible.
MacArthur has also made it clear he doesn’t give a damn about anyone’s health. He wants to meet in person, he wants the collection plate to be passed around, and he wants to live in a fantasy world where the 300,000+ Americans who have died of COVID so far are all involved in some kind of liberal hoax.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of gullible Christians who would rather listen to him than people who actually know what they’re talking about. MacArthur won’t suffer. He has money. They don’t. When will they realize no one at this church cares about them?