About two weeks after California’s North Valley Baptist Church  over its refusal to follow local guidelines, its lead pastor has changed his tune.

Faced with fines of more than $100,000 for defying Santa Clara’s public health order prohibiting indoor worship services, Pastor Jack Trieber has agreed to move his services to the parking lot of the Bay Area church. Parishioners remained in their cars during two Sunday services this week as Trieber preached from a podium draped in patriotic bunting. 

Trieber said that, “after a great deal of prayer, fasting and counsel,” he felt compelled to stand aside and let God lead the battle to reopen churches.

“I have confidence that [city officials] are going to try their

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