Open Your Doors and Receive the Blessing...

Mar 31, 2021

American churches suffered persecution as never before this past year, but those who remained steadfast in their faith against intense opposition also have been blessed as never before. Read on to learn the good news.

Pastors and churches have faced unprecedented persecution since the COVID shutdowns began one year ago. Preachers have been criminally charged and arrested. Churchgoers have been put on the equivalent of 14-day house arrest for attending Easter Sunday services.

Churches face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines just for opening their doors. The City of Chicago threatened to seize and destroy church buildings as punishment for meeting with more than 10 people.

One year ago this week, CHURCH became ILLEGAL in many parts of America … and our clients have paid a steep price.

Liberty Counsel represents multiple churches around the country in federal lawsuits defending these faithful Christians against unconstitutional orders by tyrannical governors and power-mad bureaucrats. Many of the pastors we represent still go to bed each night wondering if they will be arrested for publicly preaching God’s Word.

But persecution is not the end of the story—in fact, it’s just the beginning.


Even as “the troubles” began one year ago this week, something else also began—revival.

After he was arrested for holding worship this last March at The River at Tampa Bay, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne laid Astroturf in the parking lot, set up chairs and a baptismal, and began preaching.

Pastor Rodney was the first pastor in the world arrested for opening church during the COVID shutdowns. The day after his Sunday service, he awoke to police helicopters circling his house. Local authorities decided to “make an example” of this pastor.

Led away in handcuffs, Pastor Rodney knew what he must do next.

Upon release from the county jail, Pastor Rodney cleared part of the church parking lot, laid Astroturf and set up chairs, a pulpit and a baptismal. Then Pastor Howard-Browne began to preach and worship four hours a day, six days a week, with the seventh day inside the church sanctuary.

“The Stand,” as the revival is called, has been running nonstop since Pentecost (the last Sunday in May 2020). Scores of people have given their lives to Jesus. The pastor has never seen anything like this in his ministry.

Pastor Rodney’s sacrifice led Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare churches “essential.” Churches were free! On April 1!

After Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot targeted the Romanian immigrant churches for persecution, Pastor Cristian Ionescu of Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church of Chicago chose to stand.

Mayor Lightfoot tried to incite hate against the church when she had towed the neighbors’ cars parked in nine blocks around the church. But instead of inciting hate, the neighbors—most of whom are not affiliated with the church—gathered around their neighbor, offering assistance and even financial blessing.

When Pastor Cristian was criminally charged for holding church, he unfurled banners two stories high emblazoned with the First Amendment and the declaration that “CHURCH IS ESSENTIAL.”

Elim’s attendance exploded. In May, the church will dedicate a new, larger sanctuary to accommodate the crowds.

On the West Coast, our client Pastor Ché Ahn of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry (HIM) has led the drive to free California.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom made ALL worship illegal, even in one’s own home! Pastor Ché, and all California-based HIM churches, faced one year in jail plus $1,000 in fines every day their churches were open.

Pastor Ché led a revival, calling people home to the Lord. But Ché didn’t just minister to the flock, he also ministered to the ministers. Pastor Ché personally met with thousands of pastors encouraging them to follow the Lord’s calling rather than these unconstitutional dictates.

“Go home, open your churches and receive the blessing,” Pastor Ché told the preachers. He also traveled the country with this message.

Fast-forward and California is now having a revival such as the state has never seen. The internet is awash with images and videos of Californians being baptized in the ocean and in church sanctuaries.


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“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:10).


Mat Staver
Founder & Chairman
Liberty Counsel

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