Orlando: A Christian Response


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Ezekiel 18:23

Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

On the day of the tragic event in Orlando I was going to publish a post about Patti Height, a former homosexual who now heads Out of Egypt Ministries. I was not yet aware of the horrific event that occurred at a Florida nightclub. When details of the violent assault were released I decided that it would be insensitive to post the article at that time.

In the days following this atrocity there have been (from some Christians) comments that are nothing less than hateful and inappropriate. In answer to this un-Christlike attitude I wanted to share with you this video response from Dr. Michael Brown, an American Messianic Jew. After viewing Dr. Brown’s statement please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment board.

Notes:

Dr. Michael Brown, host of The Line of Fire radio program, serves as president of the Fellowship for International Revival and Evangelism School of Ministry; adjunct professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and adjunct professor of Jewish apologetics at Fuller Theological Seminary. His controversial book, A Queer Thing Happened to Americaestablished his orthodox credentials regarding the Biblical view of homosexuality.

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One thought on “Orlando: A Christian Response”

  1. I find it deeply disturbing to hear so-called Bible-believing Christian pastors rejoice that ANYONE, no matter how sinful, has been murdered. They cherry pick what passages of Scripture they pay attention to in order to give vent to their own sense of self righteousness. The pastor of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA made the egregious statement, “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is I’m kind of upset he didn’t finish the job.” When I read an article on the comment he made, I sent him an email at his church to remind him of some Scripture verses, namely Ephesians 6:12 which teaches our “fight” isn’t against other persons — sinners or not. Our fight is a spiritual one, against powers and principalities in heavenly places. That means we are not to think we can wipe out sin by wiping out sinners. That’s Old Testament stuff. But we are no longer under the law. We’re under grace. Passages such as Deuteronomy 32:35 and Hebrews 10:30 tells us not to think we can right anything by taking revenge. That’s God’s job, and he WILL do it (read Isaiah 34, for instance). And when someone takes matters into his own hands and murders any sinners, it should not make us happy — we who are only righteous ourselves because Christ died for us and paid the price for our sins. Proverbs 24:17 tells us, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles”. What we should rejoice in is that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). And remember Luke 15:7: “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”

    We serve a God of forgiveness, grace and redemption. That is the message the world needs to hear. That’s why it’s called GOOD NEWS! Yes, God will judge all sin, and unrepentant sinners will be subject to his eternal judgement. But that’s up to him. We are not God. There was nothing good about the Orlando tragedy. It was just another horrible example of what happens when people take the teachings of the Koran and Islam seriously. If the world thinks Christianity is no different from Islam in how we deal with sin, then we are failing in the proclamation of the gospel. Christ didn’t die on the cross to justify killing sinners. He did it to justify the salvation of sinners. It is amazing how a “Christian” pastor cannot know that. It is Biblical ignorance, pure and simple.

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