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San Luis Obispo County, located in central California, has now been declared a sanctuary county for churches struggling to cope with state restrictions on worship gatherings. This was recently confirmed by the County’s District Attorney, Dan Dow. He said that he will not be prosecuting churches for holding worship services or for singing in church, which was deemed unlawful by an order from California Governor, Gavin Newsom. In many counties, pastors have had to decide between revolting and abiding by the order. Gov. Newsom’s order to ban or limit church gatherings has led to lawsuits from various churches.
Dan Dow said in a video which was shared via Twitter, “I declare San Luis Obispo County a sanctuary county for singing and praising in our houses of worship. Inherent with my responsibility to enforce the law is the discretion I have … to pursue only those charges that are warranted and are in the interest of justice.”
More than 30 counties in California are not allowed to gather for church services, according to Newsom’s order that places even greater restrictions on counties included in the state’s COVID-19 watch list. Gatherings of 10 people or more in households in those counties are also banned, essentially prohibiting some home Bible study gatherings. Whether a church can legally gather or not, singing during worship is disallowed under Gov. Newsom’s order.
Dow said he stands by the speech, reaffirming his stance on Newsom’s gathering ban. “Now more than ever in 2020, we need more people attending their houses of worship and seeking help from the Almighty for an answer to the coronavirus,” he said. “In that spirit, I’m calling on people of faith in our county and across our state, across our country and across the world, to pray for peace [and] healing.” Dow also acknowledged the thousands of prisoners that have been freed in California due to the coronavirus. He stressed how unfair it would be if he were to prosecute a person for attending a religious service.
We thank God for men like District Attorney Dan Dow, who are prepared to take a stand on the side of Almighty God. But God help us when in our nation a district attorney is forced to declare his county as a sanctuary for church worship gatherings. After all, we are the only nation that proclaims boldly on our currency “In God we trust”. But our actions surely indicate differently. May God help us as a nation to give Him His rightful place indeed. Amen!
SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS
Governor has ordered all churches closed for the next two weeks due to the
spread of the COVID-19 in the territory. The church services will be streamed
live on YouTube and Face book. The office will be open to drop of tithes and
Apostle Edghill and Pastor Emily, along with the entire F.E.A. family, express our deepest condolences to Sister Deborah Eddy on the passing of her Mother. May God comfort and strengthen you in this difficult hour.
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