Home Bible Studies under attack in San Diego

May 28, 2009 — 3 Comments

In my opinion, home Bible studies are one of the most effective tools for making disciples for Christ and for shepherding the flock.  I also believe that home Bible studies create an environment that is more like the first century Church than anything else we do currently in Western Christianity.

I’ve personally witnessed lives changed, people saved, marriages healed, the lonely embraced, the needy restored, and the spiritually weak strengthened in home Bible studies and small groups.

Over the years we’ve lead home Bible studies in our home and are currently involved in a home Bible study every Monday night.

So, I read the following story with great interest:

SAN DIEGO — A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold bible studies in their home, 10News reported.

Attorney Dean Broyles of The Western Center For Law & Policy was shocked with what happened to the pastor and his wife.

Broyles said, “The county asked, ‘Do you have a regular meeting in your home?’ She said, ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say amen?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you pray?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you say praise the Lord?’ ‘Yes.'”

The county employee notified the couple that the small bible study, with an average of 15 people attending, was in violation of county regulations, according to Broyles.

Broyles said a few days later the couple received a written warning that listed “unlawful use of land” and told them to “stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit” — a process that could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

“For churches and religious assemblies there’s big parking concerns, there’s environmental impact concerns when you have hundreds or thousands of people gathering. But this is a different situation, and we believe that the application of the religious assembly principles to this bible study is certainly misplaced,” said Broyles.  Click Here to Read the Rest of the Story

Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted on how this story unfolds.

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3 responses to Home Bible Studies under attack in San Diego

  1. 

    When the prophet Daniel’s purity was threatened, he sought a creative solution to his handler’s legitimate concerns.
    I wonder if the complaining neighbors (because police intervention usually begins with a complaint) had legitimate concerns about parking, noise, etc, that the Bible Study organizers could have creatively addressed.
    Certainly the reported line of questioning by the government is troubling at best, but there is usually a broader context that makes these seemingly black and white issues a bit grayer.
    Wouldn’t it have been cool to read how a home bible study were remarkable for being a blessing to its neighborhood?

  2. 

    Be glad you don’t live here.

    San Diego County is one of the most backwards, repressive bureaucracies in the USA. County PR staffers are now tap-dancing like puppets on speed.

    E-mail Supervisor Chair Greg Cox at greg.cox@sdcounty.ca.gov and tell him what a great job (not!) Code Enforcement Head Pam Elias and her staff are doing or tell her yourself at Pam.Elias@sdcounty.ca.gov

    I hope this goes to court. The County is going to lose big time. Too bad the taxpayers and not the irresponsible bureaucrats will pay the costs and damages.

    Hopefully all this negative publicity will protect other citizens from further abuse by these bureaucratic zealots.

  3. 

    I love studies on the Bible. I am working on doing devotionals for people to read daily.
    If you are interested, or maybe even have topics that need discussing. Please help me out by checking my blog, and letting me know things. I am here to spread the message of Christ, and with help from other Christians the message will only get farther! 🙂
    Thanks so much
    Joseph

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