Early Sunday morning, in what is now being called the “deadliest mass shooting in US history,” a radicalized Islamic jihadist who pledged allegiance to ISIS, entered a Orlando gay nightclub and opened fire on patrons, killing what is now believed to be about 50 people, and injuring 53. The shooter is among the deceased. The FBI has assured Orlando residents that there is no further threat to their safety.
Florida Family Policy Council President and General Counsel John Stemberger has released the following statement in response to this horrible tragedy:
“The people shot by the Islamic jihadist were sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. They were citizens and workers. They were precious souls. Most importantly they were people who were made in the image and likeness of God himself. They were image bearers of the Creator and worthy of dignity, value, and respect.
This is an unspeakable tragedy and we should take extended time to mourn, to pray for the families of those murdered and injured, and to consider the depth of evil in the hearts of men that this senseless act represents. Finally, we should also pray for and support law enforcement as they investigate and bring to justice all persons involved.”
First Baptist Church of Orlando is holding a citywide prayer service Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. The church is using the hashtag #LoveOrlando to spread the message across social media. Dr. David Uth, senior pastor at First Baptist Orlando stated, “And I believe the body of Christ is called upon now to demonstrate his love for all people. One of our core values is all people matter to God, and they matter to us.”
Uth said he welcomes the prayers of the body of Christ. “It will be an evening to pray for the community and certainly the families of the victims,” Uth said, referring to Tuesday’s prayer service. “But also we are remembering Christina Grimmie and her family because she was the one killed that began the weekend of violence here in Orlando. And so we don’t want to leave her out because she was a strong believer, and her family will be here with us tomorrow night as well,” he said.
A gunman shot and killed the 22-year-old former finalist of NBC’s “The Voice” at a Florida concert venue before killing himself during a struggle with Grimmie’s brother.
“So I’ve heard from the body of Christ in so many places, and what I would say is pray that the love of Jesus be manifested among his people,” Uth continued. “And that the takeaway is that what evil wanted to do, God took and glorified his Name. And so, pray that for us as we serve our Lord in these very difficult times in Orlando.”
Unfortunately, these modern-day Islamic jihadists have one war cry. They want to exterminate all infidels — Gay and straight, Christian and Jew.
Senator Ted Cruz made this comment: “We need a commander-in-chief who will speak the truth, and who will unleash the full force and fury of the American military to utterly destroy ISIS and its affiliates,” said Cruz. “We need to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act, so that known ISIS terrorists cannot use U.S. passports to return to America and wage jihad. We need a President who is serious – who will identify the enemy by name and do everything necessary to defeat it.”
Join with praying Christians across the nation, and ask the Lord to send a spiritual awakening and revival to America. Also, contact your members of Congress and demand they pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act.
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