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The lawyer representing two churches in Chicago fighting the city’s coronavirus measures said he never thought that he would live to see the day when city leaders would threaten to bulldoze a church for allowing its congregation to worship. Matt Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said recently that churches which he represents received letters from the city’s Board of Health that declared them “public nuisances.” This means that legally, it opens up these churches to a lot of problems. Staver read the letter on air that said the department “has the power and duty to cause all nuisances affecting the health of the public to be abated.” Staver said the letter threatened a “summary abatement,” which is the legal expression for the destruction of the facility without any judicial process or further notice.
Staver said the rule of law in the state is clear. He said, if there is a summary abatement for an animal “you just take them down;” and if it is issued for a building you “simply bulldoze it.” He said the addition of the word “summary” is telling. That means the city can do anything it wants to stop the nuisance. Staver said that the order was issued just a day after President Trump declared that churches are essential. He also pointed out that the Justice Department has filed its own brief in Illinois challenging all the statewide orders. He told the Todd Starnes Radio Show that his organization filed a request for an emergency injunction pending appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rev. Cristian Ionescu, the pastor of one of the churches, Elim Romanian Church, told the Todd Starnes Show earlier that he has been hit with citations already for conducting worship services against the city’s wishes. Metro Praise International’s Pastor Joe Wyrostek told NBC Chicago that his church was also hit with a “summary abatement” if they continue to hold services with more than 10 people. “We are very disappointed with all of this, including not being considered as essential in the beginning, as a church,” Wyrostek said. Staver said one of the Facebook Live videos filmed from outside Pastor Ionecu’s church apparently picked up the sound of nearby gunfire. The city has been criticized for devoting its police force to monitoring churches, while violence overtakes it.
It is absolutely important for us to continue praying for the church of Jesus Christ. Right in our own nation, it is shocking to learn what is happening. Can you imagine that there are threats within our own nation to bulldoze churches? Don’t be surprised because the devil is bitterly against God’s people wherever there are. Let us pray for the Churches in Chicago that God would show up for them mightily.
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