With much of the country and world reeling from the shock of the events in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 dead and at least 59 injured, Evangelical Leader Jerry Newcombe is blaming the attack on the nation’s Godlessness, while also making it a point to note that only the Christian victims of the horrible tragedy will be going to Heaven.
Jerry Newcombe, a spokesperson for Truth in Action Ministries, wrote in a column for One News Now that he believed the shooting by James Holmes during the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises is due to the loss of the nation’s fear of God. Newcombe writes:
“As of this writing, 12 people are reported to be dead, and 38 injured. The alleged shooter was a 24-year-old white male, who was wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask. He reportedly acted alone, using tear gas, and firing three guns.
How do we make sense out of this kind of thing? Why do things like this happen?”I can’t help but feel that to some extent, we’re reaping what we’ve been sowing as a society. We said to God, ‘Get out of the public arena.’ Lawsuit after lawsuit, often by misguided civil libertarians, have chased away any fear of God in the land — at least in the hearts of millions.”
The Huffington Post reports Newcombe went on to make even more disturbing comments during a segment on the American Family Association radio that was dedicated to the understanding of the recent Dark Knight Massacres. Newcombe separates the victims of the attacks and their afterlife based on whether they were Christian or not:
“If a Christian dies early, if a Christian dies young, it seems tragic, but really it is not tragic because they are going to a wonderful place.. on the other hand, if a person doesn’t know Jesus Christ.. if they knowingly rejected Jesus Christ, then, basically, they are going to a terrible place.”
Newcombe then goes on to say:
“For those who are not ‘in Christ’ and see this incredible tragedy, this would be a good time for soul reflection and consider why have you not accepted Jesus Christ.. I would urge anyone who is not in Christ to repent of your sins.”
Do you think Jerry Newcombe’s comments, particularly in regards to the victims of the shooting and their family’s who are still mourning this devastating event, are a bit insensitive at this time?