California City demands Christians get permit for Bible study - Already fined $300, facing potential penalty of $500 per meeting* By Bob Unruh
Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court.
The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure.
The code cites "churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal and community service organizations."
But a Bible study in a home?
"Imposing a heavy-handed permit requirement on a home Bible study is outrageous," said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, which is working on the case on behalf of the Fromms.
Pacific Justice says the Fromms already have been fined $300, and an appeal to the city was denied.
The newspaper said city records showed someone complained, however, and a code enforcement officer first gave them a verbal warning and then issued citations in May and June.
"We don't like lawsuits, but we have to stand up for what's right. It's not just a personal issue," Stephanie Fromm told the newspaper. "Can you imagine anybody in any neighborhood, that one person can call and make it a living hell for someone else? That's wrong ... and it's just sad."
A trial is scheduled for Oct. 7.
The case is similar to a previous dispute in San Diego County. There, officials apologized after a code-enforcement officer tried to shut down a Bible study.
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This is just another attempt to close down a Bible Study Group that meets in a private home where authorities have no jurisdiction.
A small group of us meet at my Pastors place every Thursday night for an open Bible Study. Yes we could meet in the church; however, meeting in a private home setting with Herbal tea and homemade cake, sitting on sofas instead of church pews makes for a much more relaxing atmosphere.
Are we terrorists? If you ever saw us you would understand how laughable that question really is, however, under the United States profile that defines what a terrorist is, “Anyone who participates in any form of activist group” yes we are.
It seems it is OK to open your home up to 20 or more friends for a party where drinking and all kinds of immorality goes on, but the same number of people in the same home setting that opens up the Bible is deemed an activist group and is an act of terrorism.
We must keep this at the top of our prayer list. The closing of home Bible study groups have been tried in several US states and failed. However, it only takes one case to set a precedent before all cities will be able to enforce this law against those whom want to study God’s word in small home groups.
The Bible talks about the antichrist and the one world religion. Denominational churches can be controlled in many ways; however, home Bible study groups cannot be controlled in the same manner. In my option, we are only seeing the beginning of the end to private gatherings where there is no government control.
This is not new, the early church also meet in homes and much of our New Testament was actually written in prison by persons that today’s government would deem as terrorists.
Ephesians, Philippians, Philemon and Colossians are called the prison Epistles. These letters were written while Paul was in prison at Rome. John also wrote Revelation while in prison on Patmos.
I pray that this is not where we are heading, but when you read up on Fema camps, could it be?
This list is from the Watcher Note: Are you a terrorist? Do you meet this sort of profile?
•Anyone who talks frequently about the Constitution, or ill of the government
•Anyone who supports the idea of a Constitutional Militia
•Anyone who fights against anti-gun legislation, or owns many guns
•Anyone who supports state sovereignty and 10th Amendment issues
•Anyone who believes the private Federal Reserve is destroying our economy
•Anyone who talks about the “New World Order”, or global government
•Anyone who discusses economic collapse as a reality in the U.S.
•Anyone who speaks out against the IRS
•Anyone who participates in any form of activist group
• Anyone who distrusts FEMA
•Anyone who home schools their children
•Anyone who flies a Gadsden Flag
•Anyone who stores survival goods and food
•Anyone who uses shortwave radios or HAMs
• Anyone who operates private barter and trade networks
•Anyone who stores gold and silver or uses them as an alternative to the dollar
Psalm 49 … Monday September 19th, 2011
Trusting in worldly possessions can be futile
To truly believe includes trusting in the source of our faith
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Hear and Listen
This psalm is written to instruct us aright Psalm 49:1
In the slave markets of the ancient world, a slave had to be redeemed or ransomed with someone paying the price in order for the slave to be free.
Mark 10:45/ Ephesians 1:7/ Hebrews 9:12
Reveal that Jesus paid such a price so that we could be set free from the slavery of sin in order to begin a new life with Him. There is no way a person can buy eternal life with God. Only God can redeem a soul.
Psalm 49:7-8 & 15
To have treasures in Heaven we must place our faith in God being committed to follow Christ and walk in His footsteps
The foolish trust in themselves
TAKE TIME TO EXAMINE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST BEING SENSITIVE TO HIS GUIDANCE AND HIS WISDOM THAT WOULD HAVE ETERNAL BENEFITS AFFECTING ALL YOUR TOMORROWS.
Trust involves to be confident, to rely on, having implicit faith and being morally responsible
In times of adversity I choose to be confident knowing I am steadfast and stable in the beloved of my soul. My hope is in God alone and He gives me assurance for the path which I take and He alone is my redemption and shelter
Joshua 1:5-9/ Isaiah 41:10-13/ Psalm 91/ Galatians 3:1-14
He has redeemed us and receives us as His very own
Calmly consider the full benefits for death will have no power over us
Isaiah 41:10/ Isaiah 43:1-3/ Psalm 73:24/ Hosea 13:4/ Mark 16:6/ Galatians 3:13-14
Jesus reach forth and so establish us in your righteousness that the peace and wisdom of your presence would affect every aspect of our life and being
Study by Charlotte September 2011