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I don’t care what this demented young man claims. I don’t care how much scripture he can quote or how much Christianese he uses. The man is not a Christian. And I can say that on the authority of the New Testament. Jesus Himself deplores such heinous, murderous, cowardly acts.

How can I be so sure?

Jesus taught us to judge a tree by its fruits.

James (actually, Jacob) wrote that we must prove our faith by our works and that faith without accompanying works was dead.

And John (Yochanan in Hebrew) said that “no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15).

The man is a murderer. He does not have eternal life. The New Testament is clear. “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:10).

It is one thing to be a repentant murderer. It is one thing to commit a terrible crime – even to take another life – and to ask God for forgiveness, turning to Him in contrition and welcoming the legal penalty for your misdeeds.

It is another thing to murder innocent people in Jesus’ name. Such a person denies the very faith they profess. . . .

I had not yet read the shooter’s manifesto, a screed that repeated virtually all the major antisemitic tropes. A screed that justified the shedding of Jewish blood in Jesus’ name. A screed that quoted the New Testament in support of murderous hatred.

This only heightens the pain and the grief.

Once again, a false Christian brings mockery to the name of Jesus and the Christian faith.

Once again, a hypocritical believer feeds into the lie that the role of Christians is to kill the assassins of Christ, those evil, subversive Jews.

Once again, the Jewish community associates bloodshed and hatred with the name of Jesus.

How awful, deplorable, and evil.

The bloodshed itself is horrific enough. But to associate that bloodshed with the one who laid down his life for his enemies is to take the evil to another level.

In the words of the Russian Christian philosopher Nicolai Berdyaev, reflecting on Church history, “Christians set themselves between the Messiah and the Jews, hiding from the latter the authentic image of the Savior.”

Or, as expressed by Franz Delitzsch, an 19th century German Old Testament scholar, “The Church still owes the Jews the actual proof of Christianity’s truth. Is it surprising that the Jewish people are such an insensitive and barren field for the Gospel? The Church itself has drenched it in blood and then heaped stones upon it.” (For much more on this, see the new edition of Our Hands Are Stained with Blood.)

In recent weeks, I have repeatedly warned professing Christians that their antisemitic words will lead to violence against Jews, no matter how much they repudiate violence. (See here and here and here.)

For saying this I get blasted as a Zionist-shill, a Jew-loving hypocrite, a false Christian, a deceiver, a misleader, and much more.

So be it. The alarm must be sounded. The warning must be given.

You can renounce violence all day long. But when you constantly demonize a people, when you make them responsible for all the evils in society, when you claim they are a direct threat to your personal safety and well-being, violence will necessarily follow. It always does.

We hear this day and night.

The Jews want to take over the world and behead Christians. (Yes, this is actually being taught.)

The Jews have enslaved the entire world in debt.

The Jews are moral subversives who destroy every society where they live.

The Jews are evil. No Jew is innocent. The “Jewish problem” must be addressed!

How can this not to lead to violence?

There is a new wave of “Christian” antisemitism rising rapidly in America, something I have not seen in my lifetime.

It behooves all true Christians to separate themselves from this dangerous trend.

That means renouncing erroneous theologies that lead to Jew-hatred as well as renouncing the standard antisemitic lies and tropes.

And may every true Christian in America demonstrate true Christian love to America’s Jewish community.

It is a community that is far from perfect, like every other community. It is a community that has its strengths and its failings, like every other community.

But it is a community loved by God and deserving of full protection under the law.

No Jew in America should ever have to worry about their safety simply because they are Jews.

As expressed by George Washington in his letter to a synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, our country was to reflect, “A Government which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance but generously affording to All liberty of conscience, and immunities of citizenship: – deeming every one, of whatever nation, tongue or language equal parts of the great Governmental Machine.”

Yes, “May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

With broken hearts, we pray, may it be so!

(Used with permission. Read more at AskDrBrown.com.)

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Alan K Veasey
April 30, 2019

Thank you Lord God for the scriptures which give discernment about
who are your servants and who claim they are falsely. Your servants engage in holy living and love their fellow Christians.
False Christians demonize Christ followers and support behaviors condemned in the scriptures. From such pull away.

April 30, 2019

Lord only You know the heart, the motive and the condition of his Spiritual man. We see with eyes, with visible evidence and the lack of fruit in this man’s life. Lord it says that You don’t want anyone to perish yet You are also the fair judge. I surrender this to You, that Your judgement, your purpose and plan be done. Let is remember that the Shepherd went after the one who got away and brought him back. Whatever his consequences Lord I pray he repents, turns from his wicked ways and lives a life for Christ bringing You Glory. Thy will be done. In Jesus name. Amen

April 30, 2019

Love our enemies! Pray for those who persecute! May God be glorified as we take a stand for love in Jesus Name!

Norma Koxlien
April 30, 2019

FAther God, I pray for Damascus Road type conversions to break out within the internal ranks of the main stream media! -And for truth to reign!

Rhonda Parker Minnis
April 30, 2019

When we get to heaven and we see someone there that we think don’t deserve to be there are we going to stay there or leave

Rhonda Parker Minnis
April 30, 2019

What if a person has been doing wrong all the life and before they take their last breath they ask God for forgiveness who to can say that God will not let them in his kingdom we don’t know God’s thoughts I don’t know who God is going to forgive or not forgive

Rhonda Parker Minnis
April 30, 2019

That is what the Bible says that no murderers will enter the kingdom of God but what if before they die they ask God to forgive them will they be accepted in his presence or rejected

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