Christian leaders are providing their condolences and requires prayer and motion following a mass taking pictures in California that left round a dozen folks lifeless and several other others wounded.
On Wednesday night, a shooter entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks and opened fired, murdering 12 folks and reportedly committing suicide.
Pastor Greg Laurie, senior pastor of the megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, launched a press release emailed to supporters on Thursday in response to the tragedy.
Laurie acknowledged that whereas problems with gun management and psychological sickness ought to be mentioned, folks should additionally be aware that “pure evil” was “one other issue at work, in actual fact essentially the most vital issue of all.”
“Based on the Bible, there actually is a satan, there actually is evil, and due to this folks could be motivated to do unimaginable issues, like a person strolling right into a bar and indiscriminately taking pictures folks,” Laurie stated.
“That is why America wants to wish. We have to pray for the safety of individuals wherever they’re — synagogues, church buildings, malls, eating places and wherever else they congregate.”
Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of the multisite megachurch Free Chapel and an advisor to President Donald Trump, posted a statement on social media calling on people to join him “in praying for peace and safety in our nation and for these precious families who have lost so much in this senseless tragedy.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those fighting for their lives and the families of the victims of the senseless violence that took place last night in Thousand Oaks,” said Franklin.
“There aren’t legal guidelines that may cease an individual dedicated to hurting different folks, nevertheless it does add a way of urgency for reaching all folks with the message of hope and life change present in Jesus Christ.”
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Bishop Man Erwin, who relies within the Los Angeles space, took to social media to precise his condolences.
“Devastated by the mass taking pictures in Thousand Oaks final evening. Heartrending & unhappy,” tweeted Erwin on Thursday morning.
“God is with those that mourn; we encompass them with our care as effectively. Then we should deal with the components of our tradition which have made this so frequent in our land.”
The reported shooter, 28-year-old Ian Lengthy, was a retired Marine Corps veteran. Authorities haven’t but decided a motive for the bloodbath.