A Statement Regarding Orlando

from Pastor Robert Hammond

I would like to encourage our church members and friends to pray for our nation.  Please pray for those who have been impacted by the hate-filled Islamic terrorist who struck Orlando.  And pray for people to come to Christ. 

I am thankful that it is clear that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only true answer to the hatred and violence that is being fueled by the teachings of Islam. 

Today, we would do well to be reminded of several Biblical truths:  

1.  The Lord Jesus Christ came to shed his blood and die upon the cross for all sinners (2 Corinthians 5:15) -- including those who practice the sins of homosexuality and the worship of false gods;

2.  The New Testament answer to the sins of homosexuality and false worship is "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21);  

3.  Rather than hating sinners and committing violence against them, we are called to take the gospel to them in love.  In 1 Corinthians 15:34, Paul reminds the church members that "...some have not the knowledge of God." And he immediately added, "I speak this to your shame."  Indeed.  Let us never allow hate to stand in the way of sharing the gospel with those who need it most.