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Dec172012

Response To The Newtown, Connecticut, Massacre

While many ask, “Where was God last Friday?” The answer is that He was right there.

Jamie and I have shared the shock and sadness with you over the terrible events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, where twenty children and six adults were brutally massacred. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their precious children. We can only imagine what they are going through. But I know that the Lord loves them even more than we do, and I’m confident He is moving to comfort their hearts. We mix our prayers with yours that although the Lord didn’t do this, He will bring good out of it.

Such evil is hard to understand and shakes our sense of security. We want to understand how this could happen so we can fix it and move on with our lives without fear.

In the coming days, all kinds of causes for this senseless act will be put forth with corresponding solutions. Much of the talk will center around how we protect ourselves and those we love from tragedy like this. While it’s prudent to adjust to the reality of the world we live in, I don’t think any of us want to surrender our freedoms and live in a rigid police state. And I don’t believe we have to.

As the governor of Connecticut said Friday, “Evil visited us today.” This wasn’t just natural. This was pure evil. It was demonic. Certainly, government is an impediment to evil, and there are things that need to be done. But the only way to truly beat evil is to change the hearts of people with the power of God’s love. God’s kind of love works no ill to his neighbor (Rom. 13:10), therefore the antidote is to inject people’s hearts with God’s love.

I know that many, or even most people, will reject what I’ve just said and say it is impractical. But in reality, this is the only solution that is practical. We can’t build fortresses strong enough to keep evil out. This is not just a physical battle (Eph. 6:12); this is a spiritual war.

And this reveals why there is an increase of these terrible acts. Our society has systematically rejected God by rejecting His standards of morality. Although morality hasn’t been banned in America, immorality has been legalized and promoted. Its prevalence has weakened and in some cases eliminated the fear of God from public life. Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil…” It’s now “politically incorrect” to hate evil in this country. This moral vacuum allows and encourages demonic activity.

And make no mistake, this kind of act can’t happen without demonic involvement. No human being would kill an innocent child without being controlled by evil. The devil and his demons are real. Anyone who believes the New Testament would have to admit that. This is a spiritual battle, and our best weapons are spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

The ultimate weapon against evil is the power of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16). This most recent incident is a reflection of the church’s failure to influence our culture as we should.

But as bad as all this is, it could have been worse. While many ask, “Where was God last Friday?” The answer is that He was right there. He was in teachers who made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of the children entrusted to them. He was in a janitor who ran down the halls giving warning and saving lives. He was in the first responders who entered the school cutting short what the shooter wanted to do. He had hundreds of rounds of ammunition left and obviously planned to do much more than he did.

God was in all these people who resisted and ultimately stopped this rampage. The Lord didn’t cause this to happen or allow it to happen. He gave us a free will, and He doesn’t control us like pawns in a chess game. This shooter gave himself over to evil. Others resisted the devil in him and eventually stopped him. It could have been much worse.

It’s easy to see the evil that has already happened, but we will never know until we are in eternity just how much evil was thwarted by all the godly influences. John 10:10 says the thief ONLY comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He’s after nothing else. There isn’t any good in the devil. If he was unchecked, we’d all be dead.

But there is much good all around us. I can show you hundreds of people scattered all over the world who are giving their lives to confront evil every day. I heard Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott who was murdered in the Columbine School shootings in 1999, talk about how he and those associated with him have spoken to over three million students since that terrible tragedy. They know of three school shootings that have been thwarted and over 500 suicides that have been prevented through their efforts.

I have friends who have left the comfort of America to travel to impoverished nations where they are sacrificing their lives to make a difference. Thousands are being impacted.

One of our Bible college graduates who lost her husband while she was in school continued on, raising six children by herself, and is now supporting twenty-nine children in an orphanage in the Congo. My good friends, Darey and Karen Jolly, have laid their lives down to minister to thousands of children in Nicaragua. The first graduates of their K-12 schools are now entering college. Only the Lord knows what tragedies they stopped and what good will be done through these children who have been loved and shown the true Gospel.

Our Charis Bible Colleges are impacting thousands of lives. We now have more people actively participating in CBC right now than all those who have gone through the colleges over the last eighteen years. The numbers are growing, and I believe this is making a difference.

Our students in Uganda have impacted that nation. I met with the president and first lady of Uganda who have totally embraced what we are doing there. President Museveni recently addressed the nation and publicly repented of his personal sins and the sins of the nation and dedicated the nation of Uganda to the Lord. Praise God!

There are people all around us who are resisting the devil and his influence, but obviously there is much more to be done. We are in a battle. We live in a fallen world and evil is everywhere. But so is God. However, He can only flow through us to the degree that we seek and submit to Him. He doesn’t sovereignly control all things.

I think it’s good that terrible things like this, shock and sadden us. We should always hate evil and grieve with those who grieve. I pray this never becomes so commonplace that we are insensitive to atrocities. But we should not be discouraged to the point of thinking, What can I do? Each one of us is a soldier in this war, and every godly thing we do makes a difference.

I don’t know what toxic mix of things caused this shooter to break and do what he did. There is no single cause that will ever be identified. But we have read that he was diagnosed with high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. One in eighty-eight boys are afflicted with this disorder in the U.S.A., and it is said to be incurable. Yet we have seen that condition healed by the power of the Lord. If you believe the medical profession alone, you are in despair. If you believe the power of the Word of God, nothing is incurable. What do you believe?

Just days ago, our Television Department completed a video of the healing of two brothers, Timothy and James, one with high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome, the other with autism spectrum disorder. This story has been prepared for an upcoming DVD titled Healing Journeys Volume IV. Although there is no scientific connection shown between Autism and violence, there is a wonderful connection between God’s healing power and this story, with a very happy ending.

Please feel free to click on this link to view the miraculous story of Timothy and James McDermott, and be encouraged to share the love of God with all you come in contact with. You are the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13). Only God knows how His life preserving flavor inside of you might change the world around you.

Finally, I want to once again say that Jamie and I weep with you and the entire world over the slaughter of these innocent children and their heroic teachers. Our prayers are that these families will be comforted by the Holy Spirit in ways beyond our understanding. At this Christmas season, I am reminded that our Lord Himself, as a mere infant, barely escaped such a slaughter of children in Bethlehem. Scripture reminds us that He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and that He is a high priest who can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He is near to the brokenhearted, and He is their healer.

Andrew Wommack

Reader Comments (79)

So well said and the best explanation to help us know how to try and bring peace to the hurting.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterheidi sanger

Lets pray that the power of the gospel,will reach people,and they will be receptive to it. I cant remember which founding father said it, but this goverment can only servive,with a self governing people, people have to behave them self,and when God is left out of the picture its down hill from there.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterearl

God bless you Andrew and also Jamie. You say it the way it is, based on what our eternal father taught. I honestly wish that CBC could extend to be a college on not only a US nationwide spectrum but also an international one in the future. Where kids go to a christian school/college (being CBC) and learn from a young age about that which truly counts: eternity after this life on earth. Bless you both and the entire national as well as international CBC staff, the students and all those out there that listen to your teachings, which are authored by our heavenly Father and to whom you so humbly submit yourself to and as such have made yourself a servant unto all who hear and accept the word of God. Warmest regards and my blessings to all...from Switzerland, Rene.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRene Spatz

Thank you, Andrew. As always...the proper perspective.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharla Eastwood

I am very happy to have read what you have said in this post of yours. I love you so much Andrew and respect what you say in this matter. You are one of my favorite speakers and writers

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Robert Payne

This is so well said, Bro. Andrew. It's exactly the truth of the real answers. Thanks so much for your statement of truth. We love your ministry of the gospel truth! We love you and God Bless you!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBetty L. Cone

Thank you, Brother Andrew, for your wonderful insights on that horrible tragedy. Thank you for reminding us that there are still godly people in this world who are changing the lives of people for the better. Last but not least, I want to thank you for Charis Bible College. As a 2012 alumna of CBC Atlanta, I am very grateful for the fact that because of your ministry and my schooling at CBC, I am a changed woman ready to be used by the Lord to make a positive difference in this world.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVernay Dabney

Dear Andrew, thanks for this answer. Thanks for being a good example infollowing God, because that is what this country needs.My love goes out to those families too.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia Irish

What absolute rubbish religion of any sort is the source of all evil in society. It causes wars and untold misery to millions. I cannot believe in this day and age grown adults still believe in fairy stories

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

This brought such peace to my heart. Thank you.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Tracy,

It is quite sad for you not to believe in the total existence of a merciful and loving GOD. He is not a fairy tale. Even in your ignorance Jesus still bleed, died and rose again. He defeated the pain of death, hell and the grave, contrary to what you believe about what Andrew wrote he is absolutely correct, and like Andrew says, "If I agree with you, we would both be wrong." I pray the love of GOD will penetrate your stoney heart and give you are heart of flesh; I pray that His presence would overwhelm you and cause you to know His grace and compassion. Much love to you Tracy.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShandell

Please pray for my dog! My Boxer, Tyson, had surgery today to remove a cancerous tumor, and there's a possibility that it has spread. We are going to find out if it did, in a few days. He's the nicest, smartest dog with the biggest heart. Everyone who knows Tyson, loves him, and anyone who knows me knows how much I love him. It kills me to think he can have cancer spreading to other organs. There's nothing I can do besides hope and pray that it hasn't spread. It would be the greatest Christmas gift to get good news. I'm asking everyone for their prayers! Please, please pray that it hasn't spread. Thanks everyone.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSB

Amen and thank you. My husband and I have been thinking of what to say to people who don't understand or worse, blame God.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJD and Christine Clinton

QUOTE from Tracy- "religion of any sort is the source of all evil in society"- she has a point RELIGION does kill... but JESUS is NOT religion ! Jesus is reality ,relationship and truth, to live life more abundant!!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Yes, I totally agree with Andrew and believe God was there when these terrible events happenend on Friday. But.....I also feel terribly tempted to ask these people: "How do you expect God to be there when you ban Him from your schools?"

Listening to the media and to President Obama calling for "meaningful action to prevent such shootings" and some people urging politicians to "fight for stronger gun control laws", I strongly believe it is not the sollution! How can they be so blind? The simple sollution.....Bring God back into schools and into America!!!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

Thank you, Andrew, for your words and great faith. This was a horrible act against God's innocent and beautiful children. Although they will never come back to us, we will go to them. May they be in God's eternal love. Vengeance is the Lord's.

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJH

Thank you Brother Andrew for those words of comfort. The Lord has those children in Heaven and I believe that's a fact. I've just recently read the book "Heaven is for Real" by Colton Burpo, and I believe Jesus Christ totally was at that school with those precious babies and Teachers. Glory to God!

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Thanks for this enlightenment, we truly need a change through the word of God and the loving intervention of the Holy Spirit.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSiewe Joseph

This is the most comprehensive response to the shootings. And it's because it provides the most suitable way forward....thanks, God bless you more abundantly.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEden

Andrew God Bless you and Jamie. Your site was the first one I turned to for comfort and understanding after this terrible and pure evil act. And I found what I was looking for here.
May the Comforter's peace be with these families and may God continue to have mercy on
us all.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterapavacic

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