Lessons from the Sutherland Springs church killings
Greg J. Dixon
We keep hearing the same words over and over, the worst hurricane, or tsunami, or tornado or fire or terrorist attack, and now we have the deadliest mass shootings in modern Texas history and the greatest church related massacre in modern US history. It reminds us of language that we read as it was before the flood, "… the earth is filled with violence" (Gen 6:13).
Why does it seem that these shootings all fit the same pattern? Even though the authorities, including President Trump tries to convince us that the shooter is "deranged", they all seem to have the presence of mind to carry out their wicked deed with the utmost precision? They also have sense enough to try and protect themselves, except for the Muslim idiots who use bombs, by dressing in body armor? They are also intelligent enough in the art of firearms to know which type of weapon to use and how to use them.
Have you noticed, kill one person and after maybe twenty years of appeals you may be executed, kill a few people and you will probably get a life sentence until paroled after a few years, but kill many people and they will put you in a psychiatric facility and study and treat you until a psychiatrist deems you cured and then they will allow you to reenter society where you can kill again.
Also have you noticed that in all of these cases there have been tell-tale signs before the big event but apparently no one considers it important enough to inform the authorities, and if they do, many times they get a "brush off." In this case Devin Patrick Kelley, according to media outlets, was an avowed atheist, who hated church people and had been threatening his mother-in-law who just happened to attend the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. And he had just happened to send a text to her as late as that fateful Sunday morning. It will be interesting to find out what is in that message. Maybe he was angry with her because she had tried to witness to him about Christ.
The spirit who is in man knows man, according to Paul the Apostle (I Cr 2:11). And the Lord Jesus said that man's problems proceed from within, out of a wicked heart. "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:" So man has a spiritual heart problem and the only cure is to receive a "new heart", by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom 6:23).
When Devin Patrick Kelley went into that church Sunday morning he made a conscious choice, he chose to dress in his body armor, he chose to pick up his weapon and ammo, he chose to drive the distance to the First Baptist Church, which was where ex-mother-in-law had attended. Did he expect to find them there? Who knows? But he made the choice to aim his weapon at a little 18-month old baby, a pregnant woman, a 77-year old woman and the Pastor's fourteen-year old daughter. He made the choice to hate his neighbors rather than to love them as the scripture commands.
But just maybe we can make some sense out of this tragic event to learn some lessons for ourselves and others. May I suggest a few:
Not one of these mass shooters have been a member of the NRA or Gun Owners of America and yet the left continues to blame these and other 2nd Amendment groups for gun violence in the US.
Democrats have never seen a shooting that they have not seen it as an opportunity to politicize their call for a ban on guns.
When they take our guns away who will protect us while we are waiting for the police to come when we are attacked?
It is the anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Christ, leftist movement in America, including Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Muslim terrorists and liberal extremists that display this extreme hatred for anyone who disagrees with their ideology.
The old adage "I am from the government and I am here to help you" has never been more apparent than in this situation. Now we find that Kelley had been in the brig, for months, while in the US Air Force, for beating his wife and eighteen-month old step son. However, the Air Force had never notified the FBI which meant that he never made the national fire arms lists that would have banned him from purchasing fire arms. The record shows that he had bought four weapons within the past few months including those that he used in the church house killings. Does anyone really believe that we need to abandon the advice of the Lord Jesus to His disciples when He said, "…he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one…," referring to living in the real world. Every church in America should have it's own security force, not for offense but defense.
This is the time for all of us to come to the aide of these dear Christian brothers and sisters who have lost so much, not only in prayer but with our gifts.
And last If this is your day to die, what a better place to be killed than with other Christian believers, in church, worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ.
These twenty-six Christian believers along with those who were injured will take their place alongside those martyrs of the ages who can say with the great Apostle to the Gentiles, "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy…"
Spring Unregistered Baptist Fellowship Meeting
March 19 – 20, 2018
Victory Baptist Church
Johnny Jarriel, Host Pastor