May 28, 2009

House Churches Under Attack In San Diego, California, USA!

by @ 12:56 pm. Filed under Evangelicals Under Attack

And just this past Memorial Day, I was thinking how wonderful it is that I live in a nation where Christians are not facing very much oppression. Then today I read the following. Be sure to follow the link to read the full story.

Couple: County Trying To Stop Home Bible Studies

SAN DIEGO — A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold bible studies in their home, 10News reported.

Attorney Dean Broyles of The Western Center For Law & Policy was shocked with what happened to the pastor and his wife.

Broyles said, “The county asked, ‘Do you have a regular meeting in your home?’ She said, ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say amen?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you pray?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say praise the Lord?’ ‘Yes.'”

The county employee notified the couple that the small bible study, with an average of 15 people attending, was in violation of county regulations, according to Broyles.

Broyles said a few days later the couple received a written warning that listed “unlawful use of land” and told them to “stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit” — a process that could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Now they may have to endure the hassle of a federal lawsuit, to try and continue having church meetings without being hassled by local officials. It seems California is too often the area where Christians face hassles in everything from home schools, Christian private schools and now in San Diego even house churches are being hassled. Pray for the Lord’s swift return.

Related post: Legal Persecution of Christians in the West Has Begun.

7 Responses to “House Churches Under Attack In San Diego, California, USA!”

  1. stan Says:

    Persecution is the most common feature of the church of Jesus Christ. It is certainly much more guaranteed than the health and wealth that the false teachers have been shoving down the American church’s throats for so long.

    Persecution is promised to all who live godly in Christ. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, (Philippians 1:29)

    If those of us in America are true believers, then we will be persecuted in some way. God grants us grace in those times to endure it patiently and without reviling our persecutors, but rather to pray for them.

    However, like Paul, we may use whatever legal rights we have at our disposal to challenge wrongful treatment. Also, we are to flee if danger is too extreme, as Jesus says to do and as Paul so often did. If those measures fail, then it has been granted to the Lord’s enemies to prevail over us in the matter.

    If we are persecuted for doing what is righteous, then the Spirit of God and of glory rests upon us, as Peter says and great is our reward in Heaven.

  2. psalm100 Says:

    Good job Stan!!! Your statements are true and correct.

  3. stan Says:

    Thanks, Psalm100.

    The article IC posted concerns persecution from without. The current problem is persecution from within.

  4. DL Foster Says:

    Yes, persecution is an undeniable promise to the church. Hate, exclusion, persecution, death. Its all there. You wouldnt know that listening to the rosy, upbeat, stay happy and rich messages coming from today’s hirelings.

    We should prepare by clinging to God’s word and knowing in our hearts that in hour he will stand with us.

    I must say the fat, indulgent church in America is well overdue for some persecution. In some regards I almost welcome it, Im so sick of this faux christianity.

    God bless you IC!

  5. psalm100 Says:

    You are all right. Persecution will definetly weed out the fairweather christians and those that are true to their faith. When we are under intense pressure our “true colors” began to show. I pray should we ever have to undergo intense persecution that God will give use the strength to endure and proclaim His Word.

    Too many preachers are preaching a feel good Gospel. I am concerned that christians won’t be prepared for the more perilous times. It now seems to be all about my season, my breakthrough, gimme gimme. These are critical yet exciting times because we know it won’t be long before Jesus returns. Will He find faith in the earth?

  6. stan Says:

    A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold bible studies in their home, 10News reported.

    Can anyone imagine any county officials threatening Muslims in a similar way for holding a home Koran study? Hardly. They’d be all-of-a-sudden very tolerant about that, you can be sure.

  7. IndependentConservative Says:

    And if they were earth worshipers who wanted to meet to have a “save the earth, Green Power” meeting they’d never be disturbed either. Only the “Jesus Freaks” get hassled.

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