Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has said that he is authorizing the department of water and power to shut off utilities at houses, businesses and “large gatherings” within 48 hours that are violating health orders related to COVID-19.
Although churches weren’t specifically mentioned, the term “large gatherings” has been used by the city to include houses of worship. Garcetti’s order came the same week that pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles conducted several interviews and said his congregation would not obey a statewide order to stop meeting. Attorney and Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver on Friday said Christians in California “now have a choice – serve the Lord or have their basic utilities cut off.”
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