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Atlanta Shooting Suspect is a Born Again Baptist
Pastors everywhere are warming up their pointer fingers.
There isn’t a lot we know about Robert Aaron Long, the Atlanta spa shooter who left 8 people dead, most of whom were Asian women, but what we have found out doesn’t surprise us. According to The Daily Beast, Long was a celebrated member of the Crabapple First Baptist Church in Milton, Georgia. A former high school classmate also vouched for the shooter’s Christian devoutness.
“He was very innocent seeming and wouldn’t even cuss. He was sorta nerdy and didn’t seem violent from what I remember. He was a hunter and his father was a youth minister or pastor. He was big into religion.”
Which leads us to an obvious question: How will pastors grapple with what they see as a conflict between Long’s actions and faith? Many have already begun to respond.We have a discipleship crisis. Young white men are being brainwashed by the politics of racial resentment by the droves. The answer is NOT... turning a blind eye treating it like an isolated incident refusing to address the culture and rhetoric that led to it talking about CRT https://t.co/frZFZmcuJxHere's a guy who was very active in his Baptist church. He prayed a prayer and was baptised at 8 but later confessed that he had been a false convert, who was now truly regenerate. He was baptised in 2018 and his testimony circulated online. https://t.co/kJyCXiyNONRyan Burton King @RyanBurtonKing
Crabapple First Baptist Church’s youth minister Brett Cottrell says he’s not aware of anything at Crabapple that would give approval to the shooting, that the church has always been inclusive, but he doesn’t recall any specific sermons on racism. The elephant in the room is that these predominantly white churches chose apathy on the topic of race instead of sermons that focus on anti-racism.
By the way, the pastor at that church gave a sermon over the weekend that ought to raise eyebrows…According to a video that was captured by The Post before it was deleted, on Sunday the Atlanta church’s pastor, the Rev. Jerry Dockery, gave a sermon on the apocalypse. Christ was coming soon, Dockery said, and the world must be ready. More here: washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/…Today Christian leaders are wrestling with the Atlanta shooting suspect’s Southern Baptist ties. I spoke with the suspect's youth pastor about his church involvement: https://t.co/8fIauIdzulSarah Pulliam Bailey 🖋️🖋️🖋️ @spulliam
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, “Prophetess” Kat Kerr recalls off the top of her head that she saw St. Patrick in Heaven and he was surrounded by five-foot-tall singing shamrocks. Even more ridiculous is how host Steve Shultz gobbles up everything Kerr says with a childlike excitement, “Wow! Really?!… You’ve seen that in Heaven?”
CNN anchor Don Lemon made an appearance on The View earlier this week and gave a response to the Vatican’s recent condemnation of same-sex unions that most Christians, and specifically Catholics, would agree with:
… The Catholic Church and many other churches really need to reexamine themselves and their teachings, because that is not what God is about. God is not about hindering people or even judging people… I would say to the pope and the Vatican and all Christians or Catholics… go out and meet people, and try to understand people, and do what the Bible and what Jesus actually said — if you believe in Jesus — and that is to love your fellow man and to [judge not lest ye be judged].
Soon after, conservative Christian hate-group Illinois Family Institute feigned outrage that Lemon, a gay man, would be intolerant of their intolerance toward him:
With pomposity, scorn, and nastiness, leftists regularly judge theologically orthodox Christians. If Christians believe what God’s Word says about sexuality, they are called ignorant, intolerant, hateful bigots — or worse. If “judging people” — in the sense of judging the beliefs, feelings, and acts of people — is wrong, as Lemon says it is, then Lemon and other leftists shouldn’t be judging and condemning Christians as “homophobes” and “transphobes.”
As we’ve recently reported, Beth Moore is leaving the sexism, racism, and Trumpism behind with her departure from the Southern Baptist Convention. Moore has led many women into ministry and given them the strength to persevere when quitting would have been easier. Many of those women have taken to Twitter to celebrate her decision to leave— but how many will follow her on the way out?
The Christian school best known for its ban on interracial dating would like you to know it opposes the Equality Act. (More on this tomorrow.)
The American Humanist Association has issued a warning letter to Tennessee's Bledsoe County High School warning them to nix the Christian overtones at their high school graduation ceremonies for good, or face legal challenges they’ll almost certainly lose.
The program explicitly provides for the “Prayer.” The school district directs students and attendees to “remain standing” for the “Prayer.” The chosen student then delivers a prayer, which in the past has been overtly Christian (with references to “Jesus” and “Lord”). Students and attendees are also asked to remove their hats and “bow” their heads for the “Prayer.”
Nobody is stopped individuals from praying before, during (silently to themselves), or after the ceremonies.
Finally, we’ll leave you with this disturbing memory: