November 5, 2017 will be remembered as the day that Satan came calling to small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Devin Kelley barged through the front door while Sunday services were in progress and began firing at random with an assault rifle. Before his massacre had ended, 26 were dead and two dozen seriously injured. As with the Las Vegas shooting four short weeks before, descriptions of this mass murder were predictable: “evil,” “deranged,” “madman,” “psychopath.” As I pointed out in my blog of October 9 (to read CLICK HERE), “Based on 40 years of experience and 40,000 documented exorcisms, I can state without hesitation that Stephen Paddock [the Las Vegas shooter] was demon possessed. And I can also attest that if more Christian leaders would practice deliverance and spiritual warfare, America might be able to avoid a copycat crime.”
Whether the slaughter in Sutherland was a copycat, no one knows. But here are some interesting facts:
- Kelley was a Facebook-declared atheist. No wonder his target was a church. America has sown decades of secularism and humanism. Should we be surprised at the tragic harvest we reap?
- Kelley at one time taught a Bible class. And, according to teenage best-friend Ralph Martinez, they both attended Tree of Life Church in New Braunfels, Texas, a charismatic church. Was Kelley born again? Who knows. If he was, what does this say to the “Christians can’t have a demon” proposition? The killings were obviously demonic.
- Kelley was a spousal-abuser and child-batterer. He also tortured animals. Why hadn’t anyone recognized that such individuals only escalate their inhumanity?
- Kelley’s victims were the elderly, children, even a pregnant woman. Can anyone reasonably argue that mere madness would cause such carnage in a house of worship? I as I said in my blog about Las Vegas, why are Christian leaders timid to declare that he was possessed by demons? How and when he got these evil spirits we’ll never know, but the murders committed at First Baptist were the acts of a demoniac, not just an emotionally tortured soul.
We can arm church deacons. We can place security guards and metal detectors at the entrance to every church. But if we must do that, it will say more about the paucity of power in the church then it will about the rise of violence in our age. In a world where nothing is immoral, and everything is permissible, demons have been given territorial reign to do what they wish. The salt has lost its savor (Luke 13:34), and the carcass of culture rots while we watch. Unless American Christians get on the front lines of spiritual warfare, Satan won’t just be in Sutherland on a Sunday. Every congregation in the country will be at risk!
| An encouraging word: TRUST GOD TODAY. |
“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust.” I like the poetic way that the King James Version expresses Psalm 31:1. This was no idle statement of confidence. At the time David uttered these words, King Saul was pursuing David to kill him. David was on the run away from his home and friends. All he had was the Lord. God was the only one he could trust. Sometimes God has to get us to the point where there is nothing else and no one who can deliver us, so we will place our trust in him. Don’t wait until there are no options to turn to the Lord. Put your trust in Him today. Then, when hard times comes, your relationship with Him will be all the more precious.
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