Secularism more responsible for Texas church shooting than guns

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On Sunday, congregants at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas were massacred by an individual, seeking to murder Christians in their place of worship.
Instantaneously, liberals in the media and on Capitol Hill took this as an opportunity to blame guns, the NRA and Republicans for the events that unfolded in this small Texas town. Guns are not to blame for the events that unfolded; secularism is.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley was a militant atheist. He hated God and Christians, to the extent that he believed they should be executed. It was his demonic, deep-rooted hatred for God and Christ followers that caused this shooting.
2 Timothy 3:1-3 reads, “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.”
A prideful, pleasure-absorbed, selfish culture has developed in a fraction of America. For years, liberals have been shoving God out of this nation. They removed prayer in schools, the acknowledgement of God in the classroom, and have nearly forbidden even the mention of God in government.
What is their justification, you may ask? They profess that there is a separation between church and state. This phrase comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists in 1801. The letter was actually written in support of religious freedom, though it has been manipulated into advocating for a complete separation between God and government.
In context, the Danbury Baptists were concerned that the state constitution of Connecticut lacked protection of religious liberty, and against a government establishment of religion.
They feared that the government could be biased, favoring another Christian denomination over Baptism.
Jefferson responded in a letter, “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature would ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”
Jefferson clearly meant that the government cannot dictate what beliefs churches can and cannot hold. He did not support the removal of God from government. After all, he expressed, “God who gave us life gave us liberty.
Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” This quote is engraved in stone on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
Where did this false interpretation originate? In 1947, Everson v. Board of Education was held. The person who filed the suit was a New Jersey taxpayer, who wanted the Board to reimburse the parents of students who attended public school, because taxes were being used to subsidize the transportation of students in transit to Catholic schools.
Justice Hugo Black was the presiding Associate Justice in the Supreme Court. Black was heavily anti-Catholic and was also a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
He despised the Catholic Church as an institution and delivered numerous anti-Catholic speeches during his 1926 campaign to KKK gatherings across Alabama. Black used this case as an opportunity to defund Catholic education, and began searching for a justification to declare the Board of Education’s subsidy unconstitutional.
He then discovered the letter that Jefferson sent to the Danbury Baptists and manipulated it to be interpreted as God having no place in government.
The case was a 5-4 decision, ruling against the Board of Education.
In the majority opinion, Black wrote, “The ‘establishment of religion’ clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion.
“No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance.
“No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion.
“Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect ‘a wall of separation between Church and State.’”
Since then, liberal democrats have followed the interpretation, originated by a Ku Klux Klansman, to serve as an argument for God not having any place in government.
When there is separation between church and state in eternity, what is that state called? Hell is the state of eternal separation from God.
The reason why we have such evil acts being committed in the world today, is because we have shoved God out. The Word says in James 1:17, “every good and perfect gift” comes from God.
This means, when you remove God, goodness also exits and Satan takes over. Evil has free reign without righteous, divine intervention.
If America would legitimately turn back to God, we would not see high rates of violence, escalating homicide rates, and the staggering number of sexual abuses.
If America turned back to God, Americans would not commit these vile acts, because God condemns it.
Due to the expulsion of God from our society and our desire to create our own heaven, we have actually created our own hell.
If you do not want to see the continuation of church shootings, school shootings and increasing homicide rates, the answer is not banning guns. It’s desiring God in America again.
Secularism is more responsible for Texas church shooting than guns.

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