When Pastor Mike McClure of San Jose's Calvary Chapel agreed to open his church on Pentecost Sunday (May 31), he joined with more than 3,000 other churches defying California Governor Gavin Newsom's shutdown orders. He said, "We're called to be together. Man doesn't have the right to close the doors. God doesn't want us to isolate ourselves. All of us need to be in the sanctuary."
And then he added a warning to Newsom: "I don't care what they say. I'm never again going to close the doors, ever."
McClure's church first opened in 2001 and enjoys a thriving membership of more than 1,000 people. His church is one of nearly 2,000 similar evangelical congregations in an association that grew out of the Jesus Movement in Southern California in the 1960s. His church also has racked up some $220,000 in fines for violating the governor's mandates against indoor meetings.