US city fines family for hosting Bible studies

It is outrageous that Chuck and Stephanie Fromm were forced to stop Bible studies in their California city home.

Chuck and Stephanie Fromm were forced by the US Police to stop Bible studies in their home.

A Christian attorney finds it outrageous that a California city has forced a home Bible study group to stop meeting until they obtain a permit.

San Juan Capistrano homeowners Chuck and Stephanie Fromm were fined USD 300 for holding a Bible study in their own home and were told by officials that ongoing gatherings of three or more people require a conditional use permit.

The Fromms were warned that they would be fined USD 500 per meeting if they continued to hold the Bible studies.

The family’s subsequent appeal to the city of San Juan Capistrano was rejected, and Brad Dacus’ Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is taking up the case.

“It’s so ironic that a city like San Juan Capistrano, with the famous mission it has that was founded upon faith and for the purpose of faith, would be so overtly hostile and intolerant towards people wishing to simply meet in their homes and to pray and study the Bible together,”

Dacus laments.

The Bible study group, which met on Sunday mornings, did not generate any disturbance in the area, and the family’s neighbors have written letters to relay their support for the Bible study.

“We believe, in the end, we will prevail, because courts seem to be somewhat amiable and tolerant when it comes to people and what they do in their own home, especially when it comes to issues of religious observance or religious gatherings,” the PJI president.

“We not only have the First Amendment of the Constitution on our side, but we also have the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, which we at the Pacific Justice Institute have used effectively on many, many cases.”

Meanwhile, the city of San Juan Capistrano maintains that the Bible study is not allowed without a permit because it constitutes a “church.”

Source: One New

My comment:

The house Church has always been the ultimate frontier of true Christianity. Since most of the public “Churches” has been taken over by the politic correct, Bible obeying followers of Jesus must find other arenas to preach the gospel.

The Government has limited powers to control what you do inside your own private house.  Who you can not invite for breakfast, is still not regulated by law.

The a city in California has stated to behave like the Islamic Republic of Iran, is another alarming sign of Sharia Laws being enforced in America. The Government wants to be sure, that you do not defame Muhammad when you invite your neighbor for dinner. You need a license to preach, and you need permission from the Government to study the Bible.

  Matthew 5:11-13
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

A rainbow alliance of secular and religious people will fine you and persecute you if you do not join the final  Bible less “peace movement”, that strive for social issues and improvement of the environment on the planet in the name of “god”.

Written by Ivar

5 thoughts on “US city fines family for hosting Bible studies

  1. Ivar, this is not an uncommon occurrence. If you do some background research you will discover that the Sunday morning Bible study was drawing around 40 people. It says it even on Mr. Frumm’s website – . It is likely a neighbor complained about all the cars parked on the street. And this is why the police had to enforce the ordinance.

    I am part of a church plant that recently experienced the same thing and in the state of Georgia…can’t get much more conservative here. We were meeting in the house of our head pastor. We had too many cars on the road and it was bothering the neighbors. We met in a public park for a few weeks until we got a building.

    You’re making a mountain out of a molehill. Please use more prudence.

    1. Dear Marcus.


      Thanks for this feedback. I agree with you. I was not focusing on the practical problems in regards to Bible studies. Jesus served food to 20.000 people. He did not create public chaos inside villages. He took them to a lonely place. When people gathered to listen to Him by the Sea of Galilee, He entered a small boat.

      In principle, a birthday party can also lead to traffic problems around you house, if you invite 40 people. I guess we as Christians will have to be sensitive.

      A pastor I tried to help some weeks ago, lost a proposed rental flat, because He wanted to have prayer meetings in his house. The owner refused to let him rent. He was afraid that the neighbors would complain. In such situations, we must obey Jesus. If you are going to stay in a house where there is no man of peace to be found, move on till you find one.

  2. ……(A rainbow alliance of secular and religious people will fine you and persecute you if you do not join the final Bible less “peace movement”, that strive for social issues and improvement of the environment on the planet in the name of “god”.)….What is this?? Who is ‘A rainbow alliance?….are there a combination of these people” Are they Nation or World wide?…I realize there are so many varieties of people objecting to anything of The Lord Jesus…and Holiness..I’m wondering is this another one who has a foot-hold on what is or more ‘wanna-bees’ who haven’t got the demonic backing to make a huge impact on our daily lives?

  3. I saw another article about this couple plus a video of their home. The inside looks like a church with pews and they have over 50 people every week.
    That’s a lot of people and a lot of cars on a small city street. Still, the neighbors didn’t seem to complain.
    Being that CA is bankrupt, they will suck up money wherever they can get it!

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