Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | February 15, 2010

Church Shooting in Richmond, CA

Romans 12:19 says Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. This is a very tough “scripture pill” so to speak to adhere to. Why? Well, when your flesh witnesses things such as a church shooting, you really want to put all your sanctification down on the shelf and go out there and beat someone down. Why are church shootings so common in this day in age? Apparently Satan clearly knows his time is short before the Lord destroys the age we now live in. You ask yourself “How in the world can I be sitting in church on a Sunday morning, getting my praise on, and then thugs want to come and disrupt the House of God by shooting the members”. While I’ve never witnessed anything like this nor do I wish to ever be put in such a circumstance, I can only imagine what the Pastor and members are feeling like when harm comes to the House of Refuge.

Many thought it Sunday afternoon, when three men in dark sweatshirts strode into a packed New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in Richmond. They wandered the aisles, apparently looking for someone.

When they found them, shots rang out.

“People were mostly cooperative. But most of them were facing forward,” Detective Sgt. Lee Hendricsen said, one day after the gunmen sent a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man to the hospital with bullet wounds.

The attack followed last week’s shooting death of a pregnant woman in the street in front of her family’s home; a likely extension of hostilities between neighborhoods that flared anew with the shooting death of a man in a San Francisco night club two weeks ago, police said.

The victim, 19-year-old Lawon Hall, had ties to a south Richmond group often in the mix with neighborhood street crime, police say. But whether his death relates to other recent shootings in Richmond remains a puzzle for detectives.

Sunday’s shooting, inside a church at the corner of 21st Street and Roosevelt Avenue during midday service, remains a mystery to police and community alike. (By Karl Fischer
West County Times
)

Saints, we have a job to do. We need to start fasting and praying for this ministry so that justice can be served. We need to remember what the Word of God teaches us, no matter how one might want to retaliate, the Word is clear, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”. Dont you worry and don’t you fret, Our God has the last say on this matter! Let us pray for the peace that only the Holy Ghost can give in these time’s of sorrow. Be angry, but sin not! Ephesians 4:26


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