Why These Lawless Governors Will Not Win

Feb 16, 2021

Since May 2020, Liberty Counsel has filed five church restriction cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. We are 3-0 at the High Court after winning an emergency injunction against CA’s total ban on worship. We just filed our fifth case to free the faithful in Maine, and we expect the Supreme Court to decide whether to take our Illinois case within the next two weeks.

Our cases have have brought freedom of worship to tens of millions of Americans facing illegal church restrictions disguised as COVID laws. But the battle is far from over, and the war against the church is the most momentous struggle of our lifetime. Read on to learn more about what comes next and what the Bible says about our struggle. – Mat

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Matthew 24:12 tells us that when lawlessness abounds, the love of many will grow cold. Since early 2020, lawlessness has certainly increased. And like oppressive leaders have done throughout history, the church and faithful believers are the first target.

Our cases paint a disturbing picture . . .

Liberty Counsel now has filed five church restriction cases before the Supreme Court. We just won an emergency injunction in our CA church case. While the total worship ban was struck down, we still have a lot of work ahead to remove all the restrictions.

Last Thursday, we filed our fifth case so far at the High Court against ME Gov. Janet Mills on behalf of Calvary Chapel of Bangor. After our victory in CA, Maine is now the most restrictive state in the nation on illegal church regulations.

In  two weeks, we expect to hear from the Court regarding our Romanian churches in Illinois. But before the Court decides, we have one more major brief to file.

The rogue governors of Maine and California continue to behave as tyrannical book ends, attempting to squeeze the Word of God out of American culture. Each of these states has vied with the other to impose the worst restrictions in the nation upon churches and the faithful who attend them.

Meanwhile, in the center of the country, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker refuses to affirm to the Court that he will not reimpose his drastic church bans - which includes the shocking Summary Abatement letter which would allow the City of Chicago to SEIZE AND DESTROY Elim Romanian Pentecostal’s church buildings.

The Bible, the Constitution and settled U.S. law are clear – the church SHALL NOT be tyrannized by the government!

The Bible tells us “Give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give unto God that which belongs to God” (Mark 12:17). The church NEVER belonged to Caesar, to Hitler, or to Governors Newsom, Pritzker or Mills.

The First Amendment of the Constitution also declares that the churches do not belong to the government. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

The Rule of Law of the United States of America also declares that churches do not belong to governors or local officials. The landmark 1947 Supreme Court ruling in Everson v. Board of Education declared that no governmental authority may keep a person away from church against his will.

Rogue governors have no justification in Heaven or on Earth for their lawless mandates. Yet, they continue to restrict churches while allowing free reign for liquor stores, abortion clinics, casinos and most other commercial activities.

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The Bible commands Christians to meet. Hebrews 10:24-25 says to not neglect the assembling of believers. Scores of verses in both the Old and New Testaments speak of assembling and singing, for instance...

  • "Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly" (Ps. 149:1).
  • "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20).
  • "Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart" (Ephesians 5:19).

Our case against ME Gov. Janet Mills is the fifth church closure and restriction case we have brought before the Supreme Court. I believe we WILL win this case, just as we did several other such legal actions before this one. We believe His Word, and, despite the odds, the “Gates of Hell shall not prevail” against the church (Matthew 16:18).

We will NEVER STOP FIGHTING for pastors and churches!

The tyrannical anti-church governors we are battling are Herod-like in spirit. With every legal blow against them, they continue to “move the goalposts” in a vain effort to deflect clearly stated directives from higher courts, including the Supreme Court.

As soon as the Supreme Court ruled against California Gov. Gavin Newsom, he rearranged his unconstitutional orders to continue severely restricting churches by adding arbitrary capacity caps. And he continues to completely ban singing and chanting – a biblically mandated form of worship. He will not win this fight!

In Maine, Gov. Janet Mills acted similarly in her attempts to bind the church. Knowing she will lose in court she took a page out of Gov. Newsom’s book and simply rearranged her orders. However, Mills will not win this fight, either!

And while tyrannical governors can appear powerful and intimidating, THE PASTORS AND CHURCHES WE REPRESENT STAND UNAFRAID. Each of these pastors has faced criminal charges, thousands of dollars in fines, and years in jail for obeying God over misguided government officials. But they will NOT back down — and neither will Liberty Counsel.


Thank you for standing with Liberty Counsel as we fight for God’s people’s unalienable right to worship, for His churches, and for hurting people who need the church now more than ever.

Your prayers and support are the fuel that enables us to continue fighting for religious freedom and we are very grateful. We could not do all of this without YOU.

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Finally, please pray for the amazing pastors we represent, each of whom is a loving shepherd to their flocks. Please also offer up prayers of strength and protection over our Liberty Counsel staff and attorneys as we prepare our cases for the Supreme Court.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).

Together for Freedom<

Mat Staver
Founder & Chairman

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