Ed Stetzer shares some very solid and helpful counsel on this issue. As we think through how to keep our people safe, we remember that our hope is secure in God. As stories of the victims begin to filter out into the news, our heartbreak is compounded by the contrast between their faith and the violence, hate, and cowardice of the act.
This is a guest post from my friend Ron Borsch, a retired police officer and well known law enforcement trainer. He has been doing some consulting in the field of church safety and has come up with some great ideas about forming a church security team.
Check out his article and all the additional references he provides. Regrettably, ignoring the problem is only trolling for a tragedy.
It is perfectly normal for us to not want to think about violence, much less murder, or mass murder in church. Today, however, safe havens do not occur naturally, they require our personal attention, intention, planning, and effort. Until our legislators and decision makers for schools, churches, malls, theaters and workplaces become enlightened to the primary factor in saving the most lives on-site good guys with gunsthese locations will continue to be the preferred hunting grounds for active killers.
Before we detail suggestions for forming a volunteer safety team, we need a closer examination of the problem. The problem with failing to consider the evil intentions of those who would introduce a homicidal invasion in a church, is a very serious risk.
While this risk is admittedly of low frequency, it is also a high probability for catastrophic tragedy. Abruptly, five years in a row we had one or two a year. The three RMM we had in made churches the third most frequent active killer target, after educational facilities and workplaces but ahead of malls, theaters, Etc.
Laws, rules and signs that forbid guns in these locations are obeyed only by the law-abiding.
Criminals with homicidal intent are not dissuaded by laws, rules or signs. In fact, it appears evident that they depend on these exact laws, rules or signs for their very own safety, to guarantee that innocent victims will be disarmed and defenseless.
Twelve hours earlier and 70 miles away, this cowardly but determined murderer had already attacked the Arvada missionary church, murdering two and wounding two others.
New Life is a mega-church and had about 7, parishioners on campus at the time of the attack.
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Arriving at the church, this predatory rogue human began by shooting fivemurdering two, wounding threeparishioners in the parking lot. The fact that no one was harmed inside the church was by design.
New Life church had the foresight to prepare, and was enlightened enough to form a cadre of volunteer armed security guards. A very special church guard on duty that day was Jeanne Assam, a former police officer.
Assam opened fire on this rogue human with her personally owned, concealed firearm. Informally we also track terrorists who may also be inspired by, if not actually directed by criminal Islamists, both foreign and domestic.
As evidenced by the slaughter of Jews and Christians in the Middle East and Europe, terrorists will inevitably spread terror into numerous other countries including America. For reference on this topic, see Islamic Terrorists, Today!
What are their traits and what can we do to stop them? Dave Grossman may be helpful in understanding how they operate. They fully intend to be totally dominant in their slaughter of innocents.
They carefully select their target locations by insuring that their victims are disarmed and utterly defenseless.Churches must make every effort to become "safe spaces" for teens and young adults to open up about issues, pastors say, to counter the raft of increased violence in the nation's schools and elsewhere.
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with excerpts from the Revelation 1 - 3. a.) The seven early churches . Clerical celibacy is the requirement in certain religions that some or all members of the clergy be unmarried. These religions consider that, outside of marriage, deliberate sexual thoughts, feelings, and behavior are sinful; clerical celibacy also requires abstention from these..
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