Joel Osteen Lakewood Megachurch Shooting Christians Palestine

Joel Osteen’s Church: Death and Fear and Christian Hate Crime—7 Things You Should Know About the Lakewood Church Shooting…

Craig HueyChristianity, Current Events, Faith, Family 2 Comments

Another Christian hate crime has happened. This time to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

The megachurch was the target of a mass shooting by a sometimes-transgender pro-Palestinian woman who brought her 7 yr. old son along with her.

Here are 7 things you should know…

1) What Happened?

A woman shooter, believed to be between the ages of 30 and 35, entered Lakewood Church before the Spanish Sunday service wearing a backpack and holding an AR-style long rifle. She brought her 7-year-old child.

The child was shot in the head and is not expected to live.

A 57-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting. He was treated for a hip injury and was released.

Joel Osteen put out the following statement, saying:

“We’re going to stay strong, and we’re going to continue to move forward,” he said during the news conference with police. “There are forces of evil, but the forces that are for us — the forces of God — are stronger than that. So, we’re going to keep going strong and just, you know, doing what God’s called us to do: lift people up and give hope to the world.”

2) Who was the shooter?

Thirty-six-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno, who sometimes identified as a man, had a history of terrorizing her neighbors in Conroe, Texas.

Neighbors said she often brandished guns and crossbows while giving them the Nazi salute, flipping them off, or calling them the ‘B-word.’

Neighbors say she only referred to her 7-year-old special-needs son as “the boy.”

According to her family, neighbors, and police, Moreno had a documented history of mental illness and an extensive criminal record. From 2005 to 2011, she was charged in 6 criminal cases. Charges against her ranged from forgery to shoplifting and assault for kicking a detention officer.

In 2022, she had two guns in her possession during a routine traffic stop.

Her arrest records show that she used male and female aliases; however, arrest and jail records show Moreno sometimes used the names Jeffery Escalante-Moreno or Jeffery Escalante. Even her ex-husband referred to her as “Jeff.”

Her ex-husband said that she was “a drug user” and that their son was “born with drugs in his system.” Also, he said he was a “diagnosed schizophrenic” and was prone to violence.

FBI investigators found antisemitic writings by Moreno, noting her former in-laws are Jewish. The rifle she used at the church had “free Palestine” written on it.

With her criminal record and mental problems, she never should have legally been allowed to own a gun.

3) What stopped a mass genocide: Private security with guns

Within seconds after the shooter opened fire, 2 off-duty officers working as security for the church returned fire. The two, Houston Police Department Officer Christopher Moreno and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Agent Adrian Herrera, fatally shot Moreno… It shows the importance of having security in churches.

4) It could have been worse

If there were no security in the hallway where she was stopped, or if they had to wait for the police, many more lives would have been in danger.

5) What this shows is no church is safe

As a megachurch, Lakewood had well-armed security. But any church could be attacked.

Security is essential in every church. Bags must be inspected. This should not be taken lightly… especially at a time when terrorists and criminals have come into the US, hatred from pro-Palestinians and those who hate Christians.

If security were not there, other church members most likely had guns because Texas passed a Licensed to Carry (LTC) law in 2019.

The law allows innocent people to live because guns save lives. Across America, in homes, businesses… and churches… guns help stop violence and killings. It’s estimated over 1.2 million times a year, private citizens do what the police can’t do in protecting life.

This is a wake-up call to the Church and to Christians. Churches are under attack. Shootings at churches have become so common that authorities have created a National Church Shooting Database.

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 vigilant. 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)

6) Do not be afraid to go to church

Many Christians are afraid to go to church again. That is what the enemy wants. Don’t let demonic attacks impact church attendance. We gain strength through fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. As Psalms 46:1-2 reminds us:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas.

7) Why are peaceful and loving Christians under attack when other world religions are not persecuted as violently?

The answer is simpler than you may think.

It is because Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and there is no other way to salvation and heaven but through Him.

And Satan knows it. He also knows his time is coming to an end.

It’s time the world knew it, too.

Yes, as Christians, we face persecution, but we are not to lose heart in the face of this adversity.

Not only will good always overcome evil, but we live on a promise Jesus gave us:

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10).

Action Steps:

  1. Go to church this Sunday.
  2. Check with your church… does it have security, and does it check bags?
  3. Train yourself on using a gun, and if legally possible, get a carry permit; I have one.
  4. Check out Chapter 10 of my book about war on Christianity, The Great Deception: 10 Shocking Dangers and the Blueprint for Rescuing the American Dream. Read it. Give it to your church friends, the pastor, and his staff. Especially the youth pastor.

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Comments 2

  1. Thank you so much. You are certainly a blessing to the Body of Christ. I used your Voter info for California. Wish you still lived in this State.

  2. For years now, not only in the UK, but Canada and now increasingly in the U.S., we see not only “threats” against the Christian churches (no Mosque though), but pastors being shot on the street (AZ), clergy being jailed or essentially being threatened (read “silenced”) due to the left leaning authorities who themselves are opposed to the God of the Bible and His judgements and laws (and his mercy and grace). Internet searches reveal story after story (until they get scrubbed!) of violence around the world perpetrated against Christian churches. Whether it be the Palestinian issue, LGBTQA+ reactions or simply believing in Jesus Christ as Gods only son, you’re a target…for violence. Why the intense hatred? Those who perpetrate violence against the church or those opposed to abortion for example are the ones proclaiming “equity, diversity, inclusivity” and all the rest of their vomit. Confusion and lies are first in Satans bag of tricks.

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