Town of Gilbert bans home Bible studies

This dramatically caught my eye especially since my church, Central Christian Church, strongly encourages its members to conduct small group meetings. Say this isn’t so and that the Town of Gilbert will quickly abandon this policy if it is so. Thank GOD, literally, that we have the Alliance Defense Fund based right here in Arizona!

The city of Gilbert, Ariz., has ordered a group of seven adults to stop gathering for Bible studies in a private home because such meetings are forbidden by the city’s zoning codes.

The issue was brought to a head when city officials wrote a letter to a pastor and his wife informing them they had 10 days to quit having the meetings in their private home.

Pastor Joe Sutherland had been told in a letter from code compliance officer Steve Wallace that the people were not allowed to meet in a home for church activities under the city’s Land Development Code.

(Read the full article at World Net Daily)


  1. If they were only as quick to ban meth lab and druggie gatherings, but that community destructive organizing isn’t as easy to shut down as a mundane and open gathering of lawful citizens trying to be better people.

  2. otto brosz says

    To HELL with Gilbert! SUE SUE SUE the city out of existence!

  3. Stephen Kohut says

    No only does the Gilbert City Council want to tax their people to death they want to prevent them from praying to God for relief while they take their money. One would hope the folks in Gilbert know the word recall.

  4. I can remember when Gilbert was such a hick town that a crowd of seven people was a mob scene. Too bad, it was kind of a fun place then.

  5. According to the article, Gilbert now has 200,000 residents? Is that a typo? But at any rate, it indicates a steady and sizable influx of new people, and with that evidently a shift in attitudes.

  6. This is ridiculous….If enough people show their contempt for this ruling, it will change.

  7. GOP Boomer Gal says

    Why is it OK for people to gather for parties, but not to pray? Are these people NUTS?

  8. Capitol Observer says

    This is so clearly unconstitutinal, only the biggest fools in Zoning & Planning could think this rule can be enforced.

  9. Stephen Kohut says

    Don’t assume that our elected officials actually have read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution as explained in the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights. In my conversations with many elected officials they have not read them or cannot speak to them as written.

  10. This is old news to the Mormons. When Higley High school first opened, they tried to conduct their release time seminary classes in a private home close to the School, while the building was being built across the street. They were denied by the same ruling. Keep in mind that when the school was new and not all grades in place, these classes were typically 10-15 students or less per period.

  11. Jenn Daniels says

    Hello –

    Please take a moment to read the press release from our Mayor and my fellow town council members.

    I believe strongly in our constitution and took an oath to uphold it. My votes have and will be consistent with that conviction.

    Best regards,
    Jenn Daniels

  12. God is good worship him!

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