Los Angeles pastor John MacArthur publicly rebukes Gavin Newsom for ‘diabolical’ policies, calls on Jesus

A prominent Christian pastor in Los Angeles issued an open letter Thursday rebuking Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom for his recent multi-state billboard campaign promoting abortion by quoting Jesus.

The Reverend John MacArthur, 83, who serves as senior pastor at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, also accused the governor of espousing a worldview whose “diabolical effects” have effectively destroyed the state, leading to “epidemics of crime, homelessness, sexual perversions (like homosexuality and transgenderism) and other malignant expressions of human misery that stem directly from corrupt public policy.”

Newsom was met earlier this month with outrage from Christians who took offense when his gubernatorial campaign erected billboards in states where abortion is banned or restricted, urging women in such states to come to California to abort their babies.

Some versions of the billboards advertised California’s readily available abortions by quoting Mark 12:31, where Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.” Some members of the clergy and other Christians blasted Newsom for including Jesus on his pro-abortion billboards, deeming them “abominable,” “satanic” and “one of the [worst] distortions of a Bible passage I have ever seen.”

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Pastor John MacArthur preaches at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California.

Pastor John MacArthur preaches at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California.
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“In mid-September, you revealed to the entire nation how thoroughly rebellious you are against God when you sponsored billboards across America promoting the slaughter of children that He creates in the womb,” MacArthur wrote.

“You further compounded the evil of the murderous campaign with a reprehensible act of gross blasphemy, quoting the very words of Jesus from Mark 12:31 as if you could somehow twist his meaning and arrogate his name in favor of to slaughter unborn infants,” continued the priest.

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“Moreover, you chose words from the lips of Jesus without admitting that at that very moment he gave the greatest commandment: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ‘ You cannot love God as He commands while aiding in the murder of His image bearers,” MacArthur said.

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference after meeting students at James Denman Middle School on October 1, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference after meeting students at James Denman Middle School on October 1, 2021 in San Francisco, California.
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MacArthur went on to express concern that Newsom’s “soul is in grave, eternal danger” for having “twisted” the words of the Bible, and that he will one day be called to account to God for his actions as governor.

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“Our church, and countless Christians throughout the country, are asking for your full conversion. Please respond to the gospel, leave the evil path you have followed all your life, turn to Christ, ask for forgiveness and use your office to promote the cause of justice (as is your duty) instead of undermining it (as has been your pattern),” MacArthur admonished.

Newsom’s campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment at the time of publication.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom removes his mask before speaking during a press conference at the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California, on December 22, 2021.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom removes his mask before speaking during a press conference at the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California, on December 22, 2021.
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MacArthur and his church made headlines in 2021 when they won a $800,000 settlement after clashing with state and county authorities for continuing to gather in defiance of government COVID-19 protocols restricting houses of worship.

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Citing Jesus and the Bible as the ultimate authority over his congregation, MacArthur wrote in a lengthy blog post in July 2020 that “we cannot and will not consent to a government-imposed moratorium on our weekly congregational worship or other regular corporate gatherings. Compliance would be disobedience to our Lord’s clear commands.”

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