Texas City Ordinance Bans Bible Study and Prayer Meetings for Women in Crisis [Updated]

In Texas, the city of Plano ordered a ministry for women and children in crisis to stop meeting for prayer and Bible study, saying it violates a city ordinance that disallows more than eight people to gather in a house.


Agape Resource and Assistance Center, Inc., maintains several houses as homes for women and their children—as well as children with no parents—providing them with shelter, food, and counseling. It is a Christian ministry to help and defend those in dire need.


A Plano ordinance requires that no such home can house more than eight people. Agape complies with this ordinance, maintaining several houses and ensuring that there are never more than eight people sheltered in any one home.


However, once per month, Agape gathers all the women and children in the same house for three hours. During this time they share a meal together and have a church service with a message from the Bible and time for prayer and showing mutual support.


Plano issued a cease-and-desist letter to Agape, telling the ministry that it is not permitted to gather the women and children together. The city interprets the ordinance as not allowing more than eight people in the same house, even for such a short period of time and for that sort of gathering.


The ordinance would allow recreational events with more than eight people. For example, a Plano resident could have a Super Bowl party with 20 people. But if that resident has 20 people in the house for three hours of prayer and hearing the Bible, that’s illegal.


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Update, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

The City of Plano has rescinded its original letter to Agape, which had ordered a cease and desist of activities.

“The letter [from City of Plano] should not have been sent,” said media spokesman Steve Stoler. “We’re okay with them doing what they’re doing as long as they’re following city ordinances.”

Stoler was adamant that the City of Plano never issued a ban on Agape’s activities, even though Agape used the word “ban” to describe the notice from the city. “Everybody seemed to make it sound like there was a ban in place, and that’s just not true … the city never banned them from doing anything. What Liberty [Institute, Agape’s legal team] is saying is that the city is banning them from doing activities there. There is no ban, there was never a ban in place.”

Read More: Plano Is Threatening to Close a Women’s Shelter Because It Shelters Too Many Women [Updated]

19 replies
  1. Steven Terrell
    Steven Terrell says:

    In all due respect, the Trump peace plan cannot be the seven year covenant. According to Daniel 9:27 it is the A/C who makes the covenant between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations, and the A/C doesn’t have the power to make a covenant with anyone until the EU makes him their first political unifying president (Rev.17:12 and 13. This, of course, is assuming that the A/C comes out of the EU. However, if we follow the ten horns all the way through Daniel 2, Daniel 7 to Revelation 17 it appears pretty clear that he does come out of the EU (the old Roman Empire).

  2. Doug Norvell, Endtime Team
    Doug Norvell, Endtime Team says:

    Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

    Notice the scriptures says “confirm.”
    Definition of confirm
    transitive verb
    1 : to give approval to : ratify
    • confirm a treaty
    2 : to make firm or firmer : strengthen
    • confirm one’s resolve
    3 : to administer the rite of confirmation to
    4 : to give new assurance of the validity of : remove doubt about by authoritative act or indisputable fact
    • confirm a rumor
    • confirm an order

    The scripture also says, many people will be involved.

  3. L. Logan
    L. Logan says:

    It would seem an AGREEMENT WOULD ABSOLUTELY BE NECESSARY BEFORE A TEMPLE COULD BE BUILT!?! If any such agreement is signed the Israelis would then tell the Orthodox Jews they could immediately start construction on the temple and the required facilities to access the temple and observe the required laws to offer sacrifices. The “outer court of the gentiles” would necessitate WALLS OF SEPARATION between the temple and Islamic religious sites and access to that gentile area under control of an international body, most likely the UN, with a central corridor for the non Jewish Israelis to worship and offer sacrifice and prayers. There are some who argue the temple mount is NOT the correct location but it is in the CITY OF DAVID COMPLEX!?! If archaeological evidence proved this to be the case, then Israel could build the temple there and cede East Jerusalem and the mount to the “Palestinians” immediately and recognize the west bank as an autonomous area as long as Jews living there would be allowed to stay there under a Palestinian guarantee of citizenship. Right of return would be ensured with the new autonomous state deciding who and how many could immigrate there which would be difficult to bring in millions in such a small area. Israel would continue to control the security of the two states. Another option would be a unilateral decision of Israel to “WALL OFF EAST JERUSALEM, THE TEMPLE ISLAMIC SITES” and expel any rioters from the nation, something not likely to be done unless Jordan and Arabia agree to absorb such dissenters which again they would not want rioting against their governments. A sharing agreement seems to be what scripture declares will occur with a possible PARTIAL INTERNATIONALIZATION OF JERUSALEM. The world would embrace this just as they have embraced the Iran deal that Obama negotiated. At any length there is “no way” that dividing Jerusalem up in such manner will WORK FOR THE PARTIES INVOLVED! It will again be a troublesome time and a cup of trembling as the the Jews and Muslims wrestle for control just as Jacob and Esau wrestled in Rebekah’s womb! The 200,000,000 man demonic jihadi army will march on the city and fire fall from the heavens upon the nations party to the AGREEMENT WITH HELL AND DEATH. When they cry PEACE AND SAFETY, THEN WILL COME SUDDEN DESTRUCTION!!! It will be at the 3 1/2 year mark of a seven year agreement and revival will come to a halt as the darkness of the great tribulation engulfs the world!!! Witnessing to the truth of Christ will be a death sentence as the world turns to the son of perdition as their Messiah. Only the two witnesses keep Israel from being over ran until the BEAST FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT MAKES WAR ON THEM AND KILLS THEM AS A PRELUDE TO ARMAGEDDON. Christ appears in glory at the last trump calling His saints to His glory in the clouds and the invasion stops and Antichrist retreats to regroup at Megiddo between the seas. The glorious return of Christ with the saints of the ages takes place and Jesus alights on the Mt. of Olives and an earthquake shakes the city and the eastern wall opens up to receive the Messiah! He goes forth in battle and the Antichrist and false prophet taken alive and cast into the lake of fire as he tramples the worlds armies opposing Him. Those muslim nations are crushed by His swift advance to free the Jewish captives and the nations judged who had persecuted His chosen people now repenting and mourning. His Spirit is poured out upon them as Ezekiel proclaimed and all of Israel is saved. It is the fulfillment of Jeremiah 31, I have loved you with an everlasting love. It is the Lord’s marvelous grace and atonement as they bow their knee to Messiah. The temple is cleansed and the feast of Tabernacles calls for all nations to appear before Him…GOD IS WITH US AGAIN.

  4. Doc
    Doc says:

    More input from Pastor Lankford would have been appreciated. Time given to him was limited to only a few minutes. Sad.

  5. Bob Peters
    Bob Peters says:

    Eze 38&39 will start the last 7 years. That of course is the war where God destroys Israel’s enemies that are on their border.
    There will be 7 years that they use the fuel left after that war. That war is not armageddan as there is no 7 year period after armageddon! Also all the world comes against Israel not the limited number as spoken of in Eze 38&39.

  6. richard abrain
    richard abrain says:

    you are correct – however the false prophet is this Pope – he is alive now and is called Pope Francis – he is also the last pope – the antichrist has to be alive and working with Pope Francis at this time. His political headquarters is Berlin Germany, his religious headquarters is going to be in Jerusalem, and he will have a financial headquarters. Thanks for all you do for all of us. Source, Neville Johnson from Aultralia, Sundar from India, and the teachings of Saint Malachi(book about popes)

  7. richard abrain
    richard abrain says:

    Israel announced they are going to start the third temple two weeks ago. They already have the Ark of the Covenant, Showbread, and Ten Commandments, and several other things found by Ron Wyatt several years ago. God bless

  8. Doug Norvell, Endtime Team
    Doug Norvell, Endtime Team says:

    There is a 1000 year Millennial reign after the Battle of Armageddon, which is in fact the same as Ezekiel 38 & 39. Ezekiel 39:17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God.

    Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

    Same event.

  9. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    I completely agree. I love listening to Pastor Lankford and was really excited to hear a wise conversation between two men of God that I deeply respect. Unfortunately, we only heard about 2 minutes the most from him. His insight would’ve been great to those of us who listen to Irvin frequently. I am disappointed.

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