California Megachurch Openly Defies Governor’s Order by Holding Indoor Service

(Sacabee) Pastor Greg Fairrington prayed for Gavin Newsom during a fiery sermon Sunday while acting in defiance of the California governor’s public health order prohibiting indoor worship.

Fairrington, the lead pastor at Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin, told his south Placer County congregation they were engaged in a spiritual battle between good and evil. He said the church has been called to fight the government for the right to worship freely, free of persecution and without restriction, even in the clutches of a global pandemic.

“Here we are in this moment right now and I believe that God is giving this church in this moment a greater anointing than we have ever had before,” Fairrington said in his sermon, which was streamed live on the church’s website. “I believe that God is giving us an apostolic influence in this region. … I believe our call is to get the church ready for an outpouring, to get the church ready for an awakening, but God is giving us right now in this moment a rude awakening before he gives us the great awakening, and for some reason God is using Destiny as a hub.”

Fairrington generated headlines last week when he took to social media to announce his church would not comply with Newsom’s latest order, which closed bars, restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses in 29 counties because of a surge in coronavirus cases. The governor’s move also prohibited indoor church services. Fairrington vowed to fight instead.

Fairrington said he has been criticized by “the haters” in recent days, but he said others have thanked and applauded him. The church announced Saturday night it had created an outdoor venue with hundreds of additional seats in response to overwhelming community support.

“It’s awesome to be outdoors worshiping with you. It’s also awesome to be indoors worshiping together and all of you online. We have gotten letters all week, emails, encouraging us all around our nation, and I know there are people watching all around the world.”

Fairrington started his service on the outdoor stage and then moved inside to deliver his sermon. He referred to a story published in The Sacramento Bee last week while explaining the indoor gathering was more than an act of defiance.

“God has not called us to be defiant for the sake of being defiant,” Fairrington said. “I read an article. It came out … Tuesday or Wednesday. It came out in The Bee: ‘Pastor defies governor’s orders.’

“Listen to me. If all we are is defying and being defiant, we are wasting our time. Our call, our mission, is to pull heaven down into Earth. That’s our call. That’s why we are in this room. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. That might mean that we’re going to have to go into the enemy’s camp and that might mean that the church might have to camp themselves right next to the Gates of Hell. Here we are in this moment right now and I believe that God is giving this church in this moment a greater anointing than we have ever had before. I believe that God is giving us an apostolic influence in this region.”

About 500 people attended the 9 a.m. service, according to church officials. They said there were about 375 inside the 1,500-seat church — 25 percent of capacity — and 215 more seated outside beneath the giant white crosses that tower over Highway 65. Hundreds were lined up in front of the church shortly after 8:30 a.m., many without …

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Editors Note. This article was written by Jason Anderson and posted at the Sacramento Bee. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen



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