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One Week After FBC Sutherland Springs, Will You Go to Church?

From my Facebook page this morning…

One week ago nearly half a congregation was murdered in church. Sadly, it won’t take a terrorist to scare people away, today – just the weather, the hard pew, or the encouragement to worship a God other than self. Frankly, any excuse will do. But I guarantee you one thing, I’d rather stand before the Lord one day as one of those in Texas than one who died peacefully while shunning the very commandment of God to “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together…”

Remember how your parents or grandparents used to tell you to clean your plate or eat your vegetables because there are starving children somewhere who would love to have what you’re eating? Well, there are millions who would love to have the freedom you enjoy to worship in a church without fear of being arrested, bombed, burned, beheaded, or shot by their own government. To waste the blessing you’ve been given is to dishonor all those who’d give their lives for what you care so little about…

And, frankly, it won’t go unnoticed when we all stand before the Savior and give an account, either.

Pastor Jacques Houeto in the middle of his burned-out church in 2015.

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The Danger of Being Prepared

A Horrible Day

Last Sunday, as you’re aware, a horrible, horrible tragedy befell the little town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man possessed by demonic hatred, bent on murder, blasted his way into the small First Baptist Church and slaughtered nearly half the congregation, wounding most of the rest.

To be sure, it was not simply an act of rage against his mother-in-law, but an evil attack on the very institution she was supposed to be attending. The killer could have chosen any other place to commit murder, but he chose a church…during Sunday services…and came prepared to kill them all. He hated more than just his estranged relatives.

Last Sunday was a horrible day for Texas, but it was also a horrible day for the whole country; we all died a little that day; we changed.

The Aftermath of Debate

Immediately following the carnage – I dare say before the bodies of the slain were even cold – accusations began flying from every direction. One could even say that your’s truly got a little caught up in the accusatory stream. However, two main camps were, and still continue to be, the loudest: the gun control activists and those who are fighting to maintain gun owner’s rights. Now, I have my own thoughts regarding that debate, but even though it’s going to be the most reported, there are others worth noting, and one has to do with guns in churches.

Even before the murder of eight congregants, including the pastor, at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., I had been warning of larger-scale attacks on defenseless congregations. You see, it’s an under-reported fact that more people have been killed in churches throughout America since the 1990’s than all the school shootings combined.

Incredibly, even before last Sunday’s death toll, it was reported that over 690 people have died a violent death while on church or faith-based property since 1999.* And not counting the 27 at FBC Sutherton Springs, by “August 31 of THIS YEAR, we had already surpassed the number of VIOLENT DEATHS on Church and Faith-Based Property for ALL of last year (2016).”** Needless to say, getting killed at church is nothing new.

So, based on the statistics, increased hatred aimed at Christians (the most persecuted and martyred people in the world), and the typical soft-target demographic of churches, American congregations have thankfully now begun to prepare for the possibility of violence, and one of those ways is by facing the grim fact that stopping an armed killer may involve armed church members. What some view as sacrilegious, others are seeing as a God-given right and mandate to defend the innocent, as shepherds defend their sheep.

In my opinion, as the violence and threat of terrorism continue to rise, the debate over being armed for survival will narrow, and more churches will become harder targets, better prepared to defend themselves.

The Danger of Preparedness

But as we prepare our churches and faith organizations for the threat of violence; as we turn ushers and deacons into S.W.A.T.-like security teams; as we replace the “turn the other cheek” mentality with one of “go ahead, make my day,” there’s literally an even greater danger we may be bringing upon ourselves – PRIDE.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for every church becoming a place where active shooters fear to dread. However, in all our preparing we must not go so far as to forget our Rock, our Fortress, our Shield, and our Deliverer. It is one thing to foolishly walk up to Goliath with nothing in hand, not even a sling and stone; but it’s a different thing altogether to assume, because of our training and marksmanship, our projectile will hit its mark without the grace of God.

In the 24th chapter of 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles 21, King David sinned a great sin against God and did a seemingly innocuous thing – he numbered the people. In other words, he ordered a census of all the able-bodied fighting men so he could know how big of an army he had. But why was this so wrong? Why would that be a bad thing? Well, normally there would be nothing wrong with it, but David’s sin was that he thought power and protection could be calculated, even though Israel’s real Defender was God.

But David’s heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.” – 2 Samuel 24:10 ESV

My fear is that in an attempt to protect ourselves, our churches may go from being fearful to faithless. When we get to that point, no amount of guns in our churches could replace the protective hand of God, and no amount of firepower could hold back His judgment.

Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.” – 2 Samuel 24:14 ESV

Better to “prepare to meet thy God,” than be so “prepared” we forget Him.

*Source: http://www.carlchinn.com/Church_Security_Concepts.html

**Source: http://www.sheepdogsafetytraining.com

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ANTIFA: The American Terrorists

It’s all over the internet…just Google it…ANTIFA (no irony here) has been planning anarchy, riots, violence, and whatever means necessary to forcibly remove a duly-elected American presidential administration.

So this morning (Sunday) one of ANTIFA’s cowardly children (yes, I’m making the connection) decided to exact revenge while seeking an outlet for his hatred of Christianity and attempted to murder a whole congregation of my fellow Southern Baptists in Texas.

There is no doubt in my mind that the animal who killed nearly half of the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, was acting in accordance with the overall messages of ANTIFA. It’s just that this hate-filled, mentally deranged (doesn’t Romans chapter 1 talk about this?) monster decided to lay aside all pretenses and go straight to the source of his bitterness.

Have any of you ever stopped to really consider what it was that made so many on the left upset that Hillary Clinton was defeated? (By the way, when is Hillary Clinton going to be held responsible – along with Barak Obama – for fueling the ANTIFA movement?) The ANTIFA left were livid over issues relating to morals, ethics, dogma, and religious institutions – specifically that many of their anti-god-like plans might be hindered or temporarily derailed by a “conservative” president.  The socialist and communist systems of government they continue to praise and call for (no irony there, either) is, in my opinion, only a means to an end: eradicate any vestige of Judeo/Christian influence, especially the highly offensive (to the rebellious) “thus sayeth the Lord.”

So, I am calling for our government, along with every citizen still willing to remain free, to call ANTIFA and all that wave their ISIS-like flags exactly what they are: TERRORISTS.

The slaughter of innocents in Sutherland Springs, TX, was nothing less than domestic terrorism. The act was meant to strike fear in the hearts of all who stand in the way of a godless agenda, no less than any other terrorist attack around the world is meant to force compliance.

We are a nation of laws. ANTIFA is a group that cares nothing for our laws or our system of government. And, since our system of government was specifically a creation “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” ANTIFA is an anti-American terror group intent on undermining the very systems that are meant to maintain peace and order. ANTIFA is not for the people of America; it’s against us.

ANTIFA is an enemy of America and the American people, especially those with traditional, conservative, or Christian worldviews.

But let it be known, what happened today at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs will NOT stop the teaching, preaching, and proclaiming of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, even though some will choose run and hide, the rest of us will not back down; we will not cower; we will not be silent.

Furthermore, not all states prohibit the carrying of firearms into houses of worship. So, should ANTIFA try to enter a church in my town with the intent to kill, they might discover the painful truth that “sheepdogs” protect our flocks, and a rain of holy lead may extinguish their angry fire. If you can stomach it, here’s a good article at PulpitandPen.org which candy-coats nothing and gets straight to the point of this paragraph (and it was written in 2014 – I’m sure it will be updated, soon).

So, to recap, ANTIFA is not simply a bunch of liberal crybabies who skip classes their parents paid for in order to attend hip protests where they may possibly procure some sense of relevance, No, ANTIFA is the equivalent of an infant ISIS, and the media had better quit feeding it.

ANTIFA is to blame for the murder of at least 27 people in Sutherland Springs, TX, and they should be held accountable.

Oh, just one more thing before I close this post for the night and try to go to sleep. I was just scrolling through some comments to a news story detailing the shooting in Texas. As you can imagine, the vitriol is being spewed from both sides. However, one comment stood out – a comment not that uncommon – and it was, “Since Trump America has been filled with so much hate.” Seriously, stop and ask yourself why. Is it not for reasons I mentioned above? Is it only because Donald Trump said or did some inappropriate things? Get real, folks. The liberal left could care less about Trump’s morals, but he came down on the side of moral absolutes – if ever so slightly – and that is what is unacceptable to them. Hillary was going to usher in a brave new world, and Trump ruined it for them.

So, blame it on those self-righteous, racist, bigoted, hateful, misogynistic, homo-trans-fluid-panamori-phobic, conservative, Bible-thumping, Sunday-church-going Christians, if you like. But that’s what ANTIFA does.

TERRORISTS.

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