As we gather together to worship the Lord, our hearts are saddened by the shooting that happened in Colorado, and I think we must ask ourselves what does The Dark Knight Rises shooting tell us about America? What does this tell us about our country? Where have we gone wrong that a young person can walk into a theater, a bright person, someone that is in a PhD program, can walk into a theater with a bulletproof vest, helmet, gas mask, four weapons, and thousands of rounds of ammunition and kill 12 people and wound dozens of others?
You know, it was just a little bit over 13 years ago that we heard about the Columbine shooting where young people went to Columbine High School and opened fire on children who were there to learn. I went on the Internet today to look at the chronology of school shootings. I remember hearing about the 60s how the chief problems in schools were chewing gum and being late to class. Today it’s not uncommon at all to have they have violence that happens. When I was in school, you would have fights every now and then, but today you do have violent crimes happening, even rape, even murder. When I look for a chronology of the school shootings, I expected to find just a few. What I found was 3 & 1/2 pages of shootings most of which have happened since 1999 in America.
Where have we gone wrong? Where have we lost our course that in this country our children are killing each other? Parents are killing their kids. Kids are killing their parents? Where have we gone wrong in this nation? Where have we failed? Certainly God has some answers for us. We’re going to look to see what the word of God has to say concerting this subject.
Opening Passage — Psalm 36.
Removing Creation from Public Schools
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV)
Removing Prayer, The Bible, and The Ten Commandments from Public Schools
Deuteronomy 4:9-10 – “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, especially concerning the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’” (NKJV)
Removing the Law Of God from Our Churches, Homes, and Society
Removing the Sanctity of Human Life – Imago Dei
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NKJV)
Removing the Fear of God
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:18 NKJV)
Ezekiel 22:30-31 – “‘So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,’ says the Lord GOD.” (NKJV)
2 Chronicles 7:13 ‑14 — “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)
Pastor Bryan Longworth is the number one ranked prolifer and Tea Party Advocate on Twitter (@BryanLongworth) with over 209,000 followers, serves as the director of Personhood FL, a prolife organization working to pass the Florida ProLife Personhood Amendment that will end abortion in FL, as the associate pastor at Covenant Tabernacle in Port St. Lucie, FL, and as the director of SOHL, Sanctity of Human Life of the Treasure Coast. Longworth is a Wall Builders Black Robe Regiment Pastor and a Family Research Council (FRC) Watchmen on the Wall Pastor. Longworth has participated in the Alliance Defense Fund’s (ADF) Pulpit Freedom Sunday since 2010. Longworth continues to be involved in the pro-life movement and in calling the church and our nation to repentance. The church and America needs revival and reformation like never before. The blood of over 55 million children cries from the ground for vengeance, and God will avenge! God send us a true move of God lest we perish in our iniquity!
Covenant Tabernacle World Outreach Center in Port Saint Lucie Florida is a nondenominational, charismatic reformed church that believes the Pentecostal gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to believers today. We believe God has called us to worship, proclaim His word, and Disciple the nations in obedience to His commandments.
At Covenant Tabernacle, we believe in worshiping God “with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30 – NKJV) As a part of our worship, we blow the Shofar as blown in ancient Jewish worship.
Powerful, Bible based Preaching
We believe that the word of God is true (2 Samuel 7:28) and that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV) We encourage all believers to develop a Biblical Worldview that shapes our view on not only our personal life but also our family, friends, loved ones, church, and civil government.
We believe in following Christ’s Great Commission to “‘go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV) As such, we believe in discipling individuals, families, communities, cities, states, and nations in obedience to God’s word.
Latest posts by Pastor Bryan Longworth (see all)
- Sermon, Our Response to National Disasters Part 2 – When God Allows Creation to Destroy - October 16, 2017
- Sermon, A Tribute to Hazel Elizabeth (Longworth) Davis - September 25, 2017
- Sermon, I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Part 1 - July 30, 2017