Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Beginning of U.S. Underground Churches?

Currently, it is perfectly legal to hold a Bible study in your home in California -- but only if you first obtain permission from the local authorities and pay the appropriate extortion fee. From WorldNetDaily:
    A San Diego pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a county official and warned they will face escalating fines if they continue to hold Bible studies in their home.

    The couple, whose names are being withheld until a demand letter can be filed on their behalf, told their attorney a county government employee knocked on their door on Good Friday, asking a litany of questions about their Tuesday night Bible studies, which are attended by approximately 15 people.

    "Do you have a regular weekly meeting in your home? Do you sing? Do you say 'amen'?" the official reportedly asked. "Do you say, 'Praise the Lord'?"

    The pastor's wife answered yes.

    She says she was then told, however, that she must stop holding "religious assemblies" until she and her husband obtain a Major Use Permit from the county, a permit that often involves traffic and environmental studies, compliance with parking and sidewalk regulations and costs that top tens of thousands of dollars.

    And if they fail to pay for the MUP, the county official reportedly warned, the couple will be charged escalating fines beginning at $100, then $200, $500, $1000, "and then it will get ugly."
Now, this kind of "persecution" isn't anything like what we see happening to believers around the world, but is it possibly a glimpse of what's to come?


BoldLion said...

Without any question of doubt, I will not be moving to there.

I know that I will be praying for them to continue to be bold as Lion to stand up for what is right in His eyes.

I can't believe this is happening here in US for holding Bible Study in their home, and how they are treating this godly people to have Bible Study in their home.

San Diego have no right to do this to them.

This country is founded to be a free country of religion. They can't take it away from us, and they had gone too far.

Hungry to eat His Word,
'Guerite ~ BoldLion
ps. This is my first time to leave a comment on your post!

John8v36 said...

The hearts of men will grow worse and worse...pray that we shall remain faithful ourselves. God will preserve us!


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