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The Recent Shooting in Texas: A Response

Amidst the tragedy of the shooting this last Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas, there has been much finger pointing. People want to know who is to blame and how to prevent tragedies like this. Although some good may still come out of this, I think most people’s analyses are missing the mark.

This act was pure evil. Plain and simple. It was sin inspired directly by the devil. Jesus is the only antidote for sin, and the power of God is the only thing that will stop the devil.

Psalm 36:1 says, “ The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes .” Those who fear the Lord don’t commit acts of evil like this.

Our society has thrown God out the window. Many of the politicians and movie stars who have decried this act are actually contributing to the culture that brought this to pass. They have opposed God in the values they promote and have created this godless culture that has been crammed down
our throats.

Guns are not the problem. Guns don’t kill people any more than forks make people fat. Before prayer was taken out of schools in the U.S., before all types of sin were promoted and even celebrated, before Christians were vilified and marginalized, we still had guns, but we didn’t have all this senseless violence.

Yet, in the past, even among those who didn’t actively worship the Lord, there used to be an acknowledgement of God’s existence. There was even a fear of having to stand before Him someday and give an account of our actions. That fear restrained sin (Prov. 16:6). But now people have committed mass murders and then followed up with suicide, thinking they are escaping judgment, when the truth is, they are ushered into a Christless eternity and now await damnation.

God didn’t “let” this happen. We let this happen. Adam and Eve chose sin, and we, their descendants, have confirmed and amplified their decision billions of times over. The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the changed hearts it produces, and the fear or reverence it creates, even in unbelievers, is the only solution for this crisis.

The fault for this current godless culture lies with the church. We have not been the salt and light that Jesus commanded us to be (Matt. 5:13-14). Those who don’t speak out against the moral issues of our day are like soldiers who have abandoned their posts in battle. They may justify these things in any number of ways, but the bottom line is, Christians have been AWOL: Absolute Wusses On Love. It’s love to tell a person the truth (Lev. 19:17). Paul told us to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15), but we must still tell people the truth. It’s only the truth we know that sets us free (John 8:32). Most Christians love themselves too much to take a stand and run the possible rejection that might come their way. That’s self-love, not the love that Jesus modeled for us.

There will be many proposals and adjustments that come as a result of this tragedy, but none of them will actually cure the problem. The only cure is for us who believe to once again become the salt and light God called us to be.

I encourage you to talk to your family, friends, and coworkers about the Lord. That person next to you might be the very person Satan is trying to turn into the next mass murderer. And take a stand on social issues by getting involved in the political process. There are many ways to do that, so pray about what direction you should take. But every one of us needs to renew our efforts.

I join my prayers with you for the wounded and the families of those who lost love ones. I also pray for all who have been traumatized by this and are now living in fear of what might come next. The perfect love we have received in Jesus casts out our fear (1 John 4:18). I pray, too, that the Lord will give us new opportunities to share that love and faith with those who
are struggling.

Together we can turn this nation back to God. Certainly we can’t do it without God, but He can’t do it without us (Eph. 3:20). I know He is willing, and I pray all of us are also willing. Let’s take a stand for truth and against ungodliness. Let’s do this!

Andrew Wommack

Reader Comments (2)

Dear Mr. Wommack:

Sir I find the rare time to find meaning and I do enjoy your Show and thank you as a Brother in the Catholic fame as I am too to find reason why I am poor as the black Africans you display without food they and me need to eat!! Sir I see you are a Texan; as a Albertan; please consider my plea; as again a Catholic why in the World are we prosecuted? Can it be that sometimes in trouble and war faring can meny men die in horror while the poor eat? As I adore your view cool and complacement why am I lonely and poor being Holy Baptised and Holy Confirmed?

Our testimony is based on another great writer of Mr. Graham Hancock in his epic reading I recommend sir; Magicians of the Gods. Here the Roman Catholics built with war effort the best Cathedrals in the World. And in testomoney are we the Devil?

Our Reining King Matthias Corvinus ruled the Hungarian climate as a Catholic as I am. His Orthodox battles were again against the Devil!! With Jewish prosecution he was to be hanged for being Catholic and was resuced per the book I also recommend from Mr. Alex Woolf as stated within A History of the World.

Envangilism sir is new to me as a Catholic and wish to convey that to be American is Canadian too. As I have British bearing and German blood line; can the Bible tell me why in the World I am poor again??! Sir with no malice and no conjecture I find your display strong and well liked and as I admire the Pope in Italy as well I wish as Hell I can find no malice in all religion that cares for a near broke down and Holy Registered Catholic. Well thanks a bunch for any help along the way sir!!

Yours most truly,
Mr. Alexander Simon

May 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlexander Simon

Hello, Alexander. We want to encourage you that it is always God's heart to provide for you. No matter what you might see in your situation right now, you can always find confidence that you will see things change as you focus on His goodness towards you! "Taste and see that the Lord is good... the young lions do lack and suffer hunger, but they that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing" (Psalm 34:8-10). Seeing God's supernatural provision in our lives is a result of knowing His love and trusting in His promises. When the enemy tries to discourage you about your finances, we encourage you to keep your focus on God's amazing goodness and your intimate relationship with Him!

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