The city of San Juan Capistrano is requiring a home Bible study to get a permit to keep meeting, and fining them meanwhile for their lack thereof.
An Orange County couple has been ordered to stop holding a Bible study in their home on the grounds that the meeting violates a city ordinance as a "church" and not as a private gathering.
Homeowners Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, of San Juan Capistrano, were fined $300 earlier this month for holding what city officials called "a regular gathering of more than three people".
That type of meeting would require a conditional use permit as defined by the city, according to Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), the couple's legal representation.
The Fromms also reportedly face subsequent fines of $500 per meeting for any further "religious gatherings" in their home, according to PJI.
Of course the city's permit requirement and fines are atrocious, unconstitutional, and immoral... but what's the proper Biblical response to such persecution?
1. Civil disobedience. Continue to meet, refuse to pay fines.
2. Legal challenge. Take the city to court and try to use the law against them.
3. Compliance. Get the permit, pay the fines, and keep quiet.