A tract available in PDF
Here in Colorado people are reacting in a variety of ways to the
awful reality that supposedly 'good' people are capable of mass murder.
The man who is allegedly the perpetrator of the worse mass murder in the
history of the State of Colorado seemed to have everything going for
him. He was from a 'good' family, with a 'good' education and was
subsidized by a 'good' government financially. Yet, it seems that he
meticulously planned and executed a horrific crime that escapes
Recently my wife I were talking with a young lady who was wondering
why bad things happen to 'good' people? By all accounts the people
affected by actions of the shooter in the theater were 'good' people. As
we listen to the relatives and friends of the victims of the murders we
are given descriptions of the victims that are very similar - the people
struck down were all 'good' people who were innocent and didn't deserve
what they received.
As usual the liberal politicians are blaming the gun lobby for
creating a climate where guns are tolerated and even promoted. One
liberal after another is calling for more and stricter gun control laws
while completely and deliberately ignoring the facts that contradict
their blathering. The theatre was a "gun-free zone." No doubt the killer
felt safe doing what he did, knowing that, most probably, no one had a
gun to stop him. It is not the presence of guns that is the problem; it
is the presence of evil in the lives and actions of people.
And as usual very few people really understand why the killer did
what he did. The motivation behind this act of violence, as one pundit
stated, may never be understood. Even so-called 'conservative
commentators' are having trouble understanding why this man did what he
did. You may also be struggling with the reason why, unless of course
you have a Biblical world view. Evangelist Ray Comfort revealed a truly
Biblical perspective on the events of the past few days. In his words
which can be found on www.wnd.com, "…in a world without God,
mass murder would be normal."
He is absolutely correct. Some of the most awful, wicked, sinful acts
of man have been done by seemingly 'good' people. Mankind has a problem.
Man's heart is desperately wicked. God used the Prophet Jeremiah to say
it this way,
The heart is deceitful above all things, and
desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
Jesus Christ the Lord of all Creation said in Matthew
15:19, "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:…"
Mr. Comfort goes on to say in his excellent article, "We have
turned our backs on God, and given Him lip-service by maintaining a
belief in His existence and at the same time embracing that which is
abhorrent to Him; things such as homosexual marriage, abortion,
adultery, fornication, pornography, lying, theft and blasphemy."
said Comfort. "Few have any fear of God, which the Bible says is the
'beginning' of wisdom. A wise man once said, 'Most I fear God. Next I
fear him who fears Him not.' When someone doesn't fear God, they give
themselves to evil. This was clearly the case in the latest mass murder."
In the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, atheism is defined
as having four principal "heads" or definitions. Classical, Philosophic,
Dogmatic, and Practical. Mr. Comfort, in his statement listed above
describes the "Practical Atheist." This is a person who gives
God "lip service", but lives his or her life without any deference or
regard to the God of the Bible. Why do they do this? They have a heart
One of the greatest messages that I have ever heard was preached by
an old time evangelist named Lester Roloff... It is entitled, 'Dr. Law
or Dr. Grace." It may be accessed on our Audio
page. It is a classic dissertation on the heart problem of
mankind. According to this message by Brother Roloff, man needs a "heart
operation." He is exactly right, and only "Dr. Grace", the
Lord Jesus Christ, is able to perform that operation.
The heart problem that we have in our country extends to the highest
levels of government and throughout every facet of our society.
Hollywood, Washington D.C., Colleges, schools of all grades, many
churches, and indeed every corner of society, have, in effect kicked God
out of their lives. God recorded something similar in the history of the
nation of Israel, "But my people would not
hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So
I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own
counsels." Psalm 81:11-12
So today, America has decided at the highest level, not to "hearken"
to the word of God, and when a people or a nation says, "NO" to God, He
gives them up and lets them walk in their "own counsels." For
many years now the leaders and people of America have told God no
prayer, no Bible, and NO! GOD.Psalm 14:1. And, as
happened to Israel, so it is happening to America today. We can expect
more and more of these awful events to occur as people run from and
ignore the presence of God in their lives.
Jeremiah 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor
inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of
their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Jeremiah was the Prophet of Israel that foretold Israel's doom if they
did not repent. They did not and things went from bad to worse.
Eventually God gave them up and let the heathen have their way with
them. God tells us that if we do not listen to Him and His word, the
same thing will happen to us.
What is the answer? Evangelist Comfort in his article says, "The
only answer is the Gospel,– Christians must share their faith in
obedience to the Great Commission, because we are only seeing the fruit
of sin this side of death. There's another side, and it's on what many
call 'the other side.' There's a very real Hell after death for anyone
who dies in sin. Yet God is rich in mercy and has provided a Savior. All
who repent and trust in Him not only find everlasting life, but they no
longer give themselves to evil by lying, stealing, or killing. That's
the only answer for America – and every other nation."
Again, I must agree wholeheartedly. The Gospel is the heart changing
method by which God regains control of man and his actions. Without God
man is controlled by the Satan who is his spiritual father.
Matthew 13:38-39 The field is the world; the good seed
are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the
wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the
end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
John 8:44 Ye
are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of
his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
1 John 3:8 He
that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil.
If a person has never been born again, he or she is not in the family
of God. Their heart is controlled by the devil, and the works of the
devil will be done by them. That is why the young man did what he did.
The devil is a murderer, and he desires that his children do what he
wants them to do – murder.
The heart of man must be changed by the new birth, and then the heart
of man must be controlled by the indwelling Spirit of God. Trust in the
Lord Jesus Christ today, before it is too late.
John 5:24 Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him
that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will
not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will
require it of him.