golter's musings

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • Siding with John MacArthur.

    August 28, 2020

    I do.

    MacArthur is the pastor of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles. His congregation has taken a stand —even filed a lawsuit — against L.A. County.


    The issue is the exercise of religion. Governor Newsom ordered churches to shutter their doors, even forbidding home Bible studies.


    MacArthur argued the church as “the core of life for thousands from nursery to seniors” and that it’s “so essential to personal well-being.”


    The governor is concerned for the body; MacArthur is concerned for the soul and body.


    So are we.


    An LCMS missionary to Riga, Latvia, Dr. John Bombaro, writes: The church “is not a voluntary association like a softball league or Kiwanas…the Church cannot and does not exist without the service of the Word and the service of the Sacraments. For where the Church is, there is hope, because where the Church is, there is Christ.”


    He adds, “Christians have a higher law than Caesar, “the Third Commandment (“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy,” Exodus 20:8).”


    Hope has a location.


    Christ’s Church is essential for America. God said so.


    Thankfully most churches offer online and in-person worship during this pandemic threat.


    MacArthur understood the threat when Caesar goes too far. 


    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran