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DON’T LET PRES. TRUMP OR THE POLITICIANS FOOL YOU, THIS IS NOT A GUN PROBLEM, IT IS HEARTS WITHOUT GOD.
Due to the growing level of violence in our world and the extolment of peace in Scripture, there is much debate among Christians regarding whether it is appropriate for a Christian to own weapons. However, a comprehensive look at the Bible offers insight regarding historic practices that inform this issue today.
We have the example of the apostles, who owned weapons. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He asked His followers to bring swords. They had two, which Jesus claimed was enough (Luke 22:37-39). As Jesus was being arrested, Peter sliced off the ear of one of the servants of the high priest (John 18:10). Jesus healed the man instantly (Luke 22:51) and commanded Peter to put away his weapon (John 18:11). Peter’s ownership of a sword was not condemned, only his particular use of it.
On another occasion, soldiers came to be baptized by John the Baptist. When asked what to do to live for God, John told them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation and be content with your wages” (Luke 3:14). John stopped short of telling them to lay down their weapons.
And then there is David, who praised God “who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1). The Old Testament contains many other examples of godly men who owned and used weapons, usually in the context of warfare.
The Bible never forbids a Christian from owning a weapon, but it does offer some principles to consider. First, Christians are called to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:10). A Christian considering the purchase of a weapon should prayerfully consider if doing so would aid in peace-making.
- Mass shooting took place at around 1 am local time in nightlife area of Dayton, Ohio
- 9 victims dead (four women, five men)
- Suspect dead – Connor Betts, white male, 24 years old of Bellbrook, Ohio
- Shooter used a .223-calibre rifle, wore body armor, carried multiple clips
- Suspect’s sister Megan and boyfriend found dead
- At least 27 injured
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Update: AP reports that the shooter was a man in his 20s named Connor Betts from Bellbrook, Ohio, a law enforcement official said.
Video captures the sound of gunfire in Dayton, Ohio’s Oregon District; second eyewitness video shows the aftermath of a mass shooting where 7-10 people were killed and several more injured early Sunday morning. [Warning: Some may find the video disturbing]7432:19 AM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy805 people are talking about this
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As we detailed earlier, just hours after the mass shooting in an El Paso, Texas mall, nine people are dead after a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, according to police. At least 26 were hospitalized with injuries.
The gunman was taken out by officers responding to the incident.
CNN reports that the Dayton shooting took place around 1 a.m. outside on East 5th Street in the city’s Oregon district, a popular downtown area, Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of the Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper told reporters early Sunday morning.
“As bad as this is, it could have been much, much worse, as I think everyone will become aware of here as more information unfolds,” Carper said.
Though many people were killed or injured, Carper said that the incident was over quickly, because officers were already patrolling in the vicinity when the gunshots started.
#OregonDistrict #update We had officers in the immediate vicinity when this shooting began and was able to respond and put an end to it quickly.2,5913:17 AM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy997 people are talking about this
Dayton police said the shooter used some kind of a long gun in the attack and most likely acted alone. They said they were working on identifying the gunman and establishing the motives behind his rampage.
“I’m heartbroken,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley tweeted Sunday morning.
“Thank you to our first responders for all that you’ve done. We will share updates as we have more information.”
Footage from the scene showed a heavy police presence in the Oregon District. According to the police, the FBI is assisting in the investigation.
#BREAKING: Just getting on the scene in Oregon District. Dozens of police here. Working to confirm numbers and conditions on those shot. @dayton247now1,7231:07 AM – Aug 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,550 people are talking about this
Mayor Whaley said the shooter used a “.223 high-capacity” gun and had additional magazines with him. The .223 caliber is used in rifles like the AR-15 assault rifle used in previous mass shootings.
“In less than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralized the shooter,” Whaley said.
“I really want to — think about that minute. The shooter was able to kill nine people and injure 26 in less than a minute. And if we did not have police in the Oregon District and the thousands of people in the Oregon District enjoying their Saturday evening, what we could have had in this city,” Whaley said.
Elizabeth Long, a spokeswoman at Kettering Health Network, which operates several Dayton area hospitals including Kettering Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center told CNN that 13 people were taken to three of the network’s hospitals, many with gunshot wounds to the “lower extremities.” At least one person was shot in the abdomen and at least two people were taken into surgery. She did not give an age range for the injured. Source
Jesus chastised religious leaders in the first century for not knowing the time of His arrival. Will we make the same mistake today? Christ stated how His second coming would be preceded by global events signifying the end of our age. We may not know the day or the hour, but we can know the season!
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28.)
Education is useless without the bible (Daniel Webster)
John Wesley who said that what we tolerate in our generation, will be embraced by the next. Wesley is 100% correct! We are living in sick times.
Usually, the Lord doth no great thing for or against his people, without giving warning of it before it comes.
They perverted justice among themselves (v. 7): “You turn judgment to wormwood, that is, you make your administrations of justice bitter and nauseous, and highly displeasing both to God and man.’’ That fruit has become a weed, a weed in the garden; as nothing is more venerable, nothing more valuable, than justice duly administered, so nothing is more hurtful, nothing more abominable, than designedly doing wrong under color and pretense of doing right. Corruptio optimi est pessima —The best, when corrupted, becomes the worst.
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
2 Corinthians 4:8-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
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