Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home Without Permit | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home Without Permit

Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a Bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County.

"On Good Friday we had an employee from San Diego County come to our house, and inform us that the Bible study that we were having was a religious assembly, and in violation of the code in the county." David Jones told FOX News.

"We told them this is not really a religious assembly — this is just a Bible study with friends. We have a meal, we pray, that was all," Jones said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This one is thorny. It all comes down to whether a collection is taken up by the pastor, or if any prayer or actual service is performed by the pastor. That makes it a religious assembly and subject to the zoning laws. Otherwise, if they are just reading and discussing the bible, then the First Amendment has to apply and the pastor and his friends are within their rights to study their bibles in his home.

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