Jack Hibbs, the pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in California, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Tuesday that Ventura County’s response to fellow Pastor Rob McCoy’s decision to hold indoor services is tantamount to “stormtrooper-type Nazism” taking place in the state.
McCoy, the pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel, held indoor services on Sunday despite orders from the state and a restraining order from a Superior Court Judge in the county that demanded the church to close its doors. The orders allowed for outside services.
Hibbs said the county demanded McCoy appear in court on Tuesday after disregarding the order and said it would “send sheriff’s deputies to guard the church’s doors from being opened.”
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He said this is “stormtrooper-type Nazism taking place in Ventura County and the good thing about my brother, Rob, is that he is not going to back down.”
McCoy has expressed the church’s belief that neither the state nor county has any business prohibiting indoor worship services based on an irrational fear of COVID-19.
He called the move the most extreme crackdown on churches in modern American history. Ventura County also admitted they had dispatched a number of agents to the church property last Sunday to spy on the congregation.
Todd Starnes, the host of the program, said it was remarkable that such an action was taking place on American soil.
Hibbs said many American faithful read the Bible and wonder how they would react when faced with government-sponsored persecution, but he said we are facing that now.
“Some people go so far to say, ‘Boy, I wish I lived back in the time of Jesus,’” he said. “Well, hello? Wake up, brother. We’re in it now and this is the time for the church to stand not to hide. This is the time for us to do Christianity and not just study it.”
Hibbs said that in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, some pastors in the state “saw the wave coming and actually got up and ride the board,” while some “let the wave go by.
Hibbs said since May 31, his church has seen a record number of conversions and attendance. He said there are worshipers traveling from all over the state to congregate at his church and that groundswell is contributing to the shift in the state.