It was the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history and American church history.
A madman opened fire, killing 26 and wounding 20 in a small church in Texas.
If you only are getting your news and updates from social media or the liberal biased media, you wouldn’t have seen some critical facts and events you should know about regarding this horrific slaughter of innocent men, women and children.
Here are 10 things to know about this tragic event:
- The Invasion of Evil: An emotionally upset 26-year-old man systematically killed the assistant pastor, worship leader, a pregnant woman, children, men and women. It was demonic as he walked through the small church, shooting the wounded and those trying to hide.
- A “Good Samaritan” Shot the Madman and Prevented More Bloodshed: Neighbor Stephen Willeford, without thought for his own safety, confronted the killer and shot him twice, forcing him to flee the scene.
- The Killer Was an Avowed Atheist: It was posted on his Facebook page and confirmed by friends, Devin P. Kelley was a vocal atheist. He had no moral compass but moral relativism. He had no fear of God, so death had no eternal consequences.
Some atheists may condemn what Kelley did, but they have no objective truth to guide a moral judgement.
- The Liberal Media and Politicians Immediately Called for Gun Control: Kelley spent 1 year in prison and kicked out of the military with a bad conduct discharge for domestic abuse against his wife and child. The Air Force failed to follow policy and alert federal law enforcement about his violent past.
By law, he should never have been able to buy a gun. He was able to do so because proper authorities were never notified. If they had been, he would have been blocked from buying a gun during a routine FBI background check. The Air Force, like other government bureaucracies, are bloated and inefficient.
Gun control failed in this case. What good are laws and policies if they are not followed? More gun control will not prevent the innocent in churches or elsewhere from killers like Kelley.
In this case, we all wish someone in the church could have stopped him. And thank God, someone on the outside did help save others.
Incidentally, I hope the medical records come out to show whether Kelley was on multiple prescription medications … something the military has prescribed to hundreds of thousands of soldiers.
- TV, Social Media and Liberal Politicians Mocked Prayer and Christians: Immediately, Facebook, Twitter and TV were filled with mocking of Christians – especially in regard to prayer.
The message was:
- If prayer worked, wouldn’t the churchgoers be alive today?
- Prayers didn’t do any good to the victims.
- We need more gun control not prayer.
The reality is, it’s not gun control that is going to stop this type of violence. It’s revival – revival for God in the hearts of men and women across America.
- Very Unusual Ways to Hold a Press Conference: During the briefings, the community, the media – and the world – heard very unusual testimony to God’s sovereignty.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott prayed, yes, prayed in public. And during an official news briefing with the Sheriff’s, FBI and other government people the world witnessed the gospel. The Sheriff at the end did the improbable. He called for a pastor to close in prayer. The pastor delivered the message of the Cross, hope and love in word and prayer.
- The Little Unknown Church Is Spreading the Good News Like It Never Dreamed Of: So very powerful here are the days of prayer, preaching and powerful worship in the community vigil – all Christ-centered.
One of the unique twists to this horrific incident was that CNN and other media outlets kept talking about the fact the church put its prayer services on YouTube. And they kept referring to the services, sometimes showing portions of the services.
When I first saw the video of last week’s church service, only 200 people had viewed it. Now, more than 700,000 have seen it. You can watch it below.
- This Is a Wake-Up Call to the Church and Christians: Churches are vulnerable and need to step up security. They need to have security plans in place at each church with armed and trained members there to protect the innocent.
As one security analyst said, the Left believes you can legislate evil out of people’s hearts, but you can’t. Don’t be sheep. Be vigilante. We live in a different world today. We are commanded to defend ourselves:
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe” (Luke 11:21).
“Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4).
- Church Shootings Do Happen: Churches are under attack. Shootings at churches have become so common that authorities have created a National Church Shooting Database. It documents 139 shootings at churches between 1980 and 2005, killing 185 people, including thirty-six children. Since 2005, there have been numerous other church shootings, including the 2015 massacre of nine at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The year 2015 saw 248 violent incidents on religious property.
- Every Church Is at Risk. It’s a fact, every church is considered a soft target by:
- ISIS and terrorists.
- Political or race haters.
- Mentally deranged or drugged individuals.
- Those with a grudge against the pastor, a member or …?
Churches are at greater risk for harm than ever before. Meeting times are posted and anyone is welcome. Most church buildings have multiple points of access. Few churches have security personnel or policies in place.
Some congregations resist employing security guards, worrying that they will frighten children and distract from worship. But the church duty is to protect everyone.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives an emotional plea for God’s comfort and guidance in the wake of the church shooting.
What do you think? Write me at craig@craighuey