“Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13).
Once again the news is in a frenzy over a school shooting. It’s shocking and truly heartbreaking. One maladjusted person took 17 lives and ruined many others. Of course the blame is put on the gun. Did the gun walk into the school under its own power and open fire? No. This young killer had a gun, ammunition, hand grenades, and a gas mask…. he was ready for a fight. As you listen to the news and read through the headlines, be sure to sort through the political rhetoric and find facts.
Somehow he was able to buy all of this weaponry without any suspicions being raised. This 19-year-old killer had been expelled from school, yet he was able to easily enter the school. He was under psychiatric care and was taking mind-altering drugs, which are commonly prescribed to control behavior. These drugs are present in most, if not all, of the mass murderers whose crimes are so horrific.
This young murderer heard voices in his head that told him how to do this crime. Demons? Absolutely.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places“ (Ephesians 6:12).
These evil entities will take every opportunity to control a person, and drugs (prescription or illegal) open doors for them to enter. If a person is prescribed these drugs, they should be barred from possessing guns, ammo, knives, crossbows, and any other weapon that can be used to kill a human being.
By the way, more people are killed each year by abortion than with guns. Think about it.
The common factor in these mass killings is legally prescribed drugs. The Greek word pharmakeia is defined as “the use or the administering of drugs, poisoning, sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it.” The English word “pharmacy” comes from this word, and we know that another name for a pharmacy is “drug store.” Pharmakeia appears three times in the New Testament and is translated as sorcery twice and witchcraft once; it’s never used in a positive sense.
Most of us would never go to a witchdoctor who uses hallucinogenic drugs (such as ayahuasca) to cure what ails us, but we trust medical doctors and psychiatrists to prescribe mind-altering “medication” because they have a PhD or MD after their names. My intent isn’t to slander these people who have studied long and hard to help people, but I do question their wisdom.
If you take any of these prescriptions, consider all side effects and make an educated decision for yourself. Guns get blamed for these murders, but we need to be aware of the drugs these killers are prescribed and stop those who take them from having weapons.
Christians need to hold God’s truth above the lies of the world. The Apostle Paul lists witchcraft (pharmakeia) among the works of the flesh.
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God“ (Galatians 5:19-21).
Sin tends to promote other sin. If you participate in any one of these works of the flesh, it’s almost certain that others will also be a part of your life. Sorcery (pharmakeia) and murder are just two.
Parents must take responsibility for their children. That means to monitor the movies they watch (do they promote violence and sin?), music they listen to (are the lyrics inspired by Satan?), and video games they play (filled with killing?). It also means to monitor what they are being taught in school, their diet, as well as the drugs they’re prescribed.
The fallen world around us will never believe the problem lies with anything but guns, but as Christians we must hold God’s word as the final authority. Christian parents have a responsibility to raise their children Biblically. Beginning in Genesis chapter 1, teach them the truth:
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth“ (Genesis 1:1).
God created everything. Period. Homeschooling is the best option for Christians, but if you have no other choice but to send your children to public school, don’t allow them to be taught evolutionary lies or explicit sex “education.” Evolution is a satanic lie that’s easily disproved. Genetics alone show that evolution is impossible, but logic tells you it’s a sick joke.
Responsible parents must also give their child proper food instead of fast food and TV dinners. God made our bodies to use the food He created, but people have decided to add hormones and preservatives to food. Today we also have genetically modified food, which is even worse for us than additives and preservatives. This isn’t the way God intended people to eat, and a person’s body will react adversely.
Could these hormones be the root of evil behind so many people claiming to be homosexual? Yes, homosexuality is a sin. God knows what’s best for humans, but man foolishly corrupts what God gives.
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men“ (1 Corinthians 1:25).
Paul wasn’t saying God is in any way foolish; but even if He were, He would be wiser than people.
When a child can’t sit still or concentrate, what’s the solution that foolish men have come up with? Drugs. Rather than using discipline and proper nutrition, just control the mind with drugs. Never mind that drugs aren’t healthy for anybody. As long as that little boy or girl sits quietly and listens to the voices in their heads, everything is fine—until that voice tells him to kill his classmates—then we blame the gun.
When God is rejected, wickedness abounds. By and large, society today rejects God.
The Apostle Paul summed it up in the first chapter of his letter to the Romans, where we read that the reality of God is evident in His creation. No matter how many millions or billions of years a non-living thing waits, it will never become a living thing. Chaos will never move to order. Creation didn’t just happen—God did it.
Satan has promoted the lie of evolution, and God is being systematically removed from schools, government, and even churches. Is it any wonder that wickedness abounds? Removing God is pure foolishness.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen“ (Romans 1:22-25).
Rejection of God is the basis of all sin. Without His moral guidance, sin abounds.
Today it’s a crime to break a Condor egg, but when an unborn child is killed in the mother’s womb, it’s called “a woman’s right to choose;” and this murderous act is protected by law.
When God is rejected, He allows the consequences of sin to run its course. We reap what we sow, so to speak. God gives those who reject Him over to a reprobate mind and they embrace every sin imaginable.
“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful“ (Romans 1:29-31).
That’s quite a list of evil that happens when God is rejected. Banning guns won’t solve the problem that’s caused by banning God.
Scripture tells us that things will get more perilous as we draw closer to the end of time.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
As we approach Daniel’s 70th week, we can see that evil is overtaking every nation. Christians will be Raptured before that final week, but things will get much worse before then. The Rapture isn’t an escape from troubles, but rather a blessing from God that we escape His wrath, which will be poured out upon the earth and those left.
That final week is described in Revelation; and as plagues and judgments are poured out, the people who remain on the earth will harden their hearts. They refuse to repent.
“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts“ (Revelation 9:21).
There’s that word “sorceries,” which is pharmakeia.
We can see that wickedness is growing stronger while Christians remain silent. We have the truth of God’s word and can see the wickedness all around, but still we don’t speak out.
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19).
Before we ban guns and make secular judgments about the reasons behind all of these mass killings, I urge everyone to listen to the February 18, 2018, commentary by J.D. Farag, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Ut0LyUq6Y) and another very well thought out commentary by Anthony Brian Logan, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkPrVbjXYE0).
Drugs, prescription or non-prescription, open our minds to demonic entry. Couple that with secular music, violent video games, movies that show killing after killing, and you have the devil’s playground. Turn from this evil right now.
If you’re a Christian, take a stand for Christ every day. Don’t compromise.
If you have never given your life to Christ, it isn’t too late. You are a sinner and you need salvation. Salvation only comes through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Repent of sin right now and ask Jesus to forgive you and help you out of that sin. Repent means to change your mind and see sin as sin and turn away from it. Drugs, satanic music, and sinful lifestyles are all forgivable sins, but you have to earnestly repent and accept Jesus as your Saviour.
Banning guns won’t solve the problem.
God bless you all,
Ron and Nathele Graham’s previous commentaries archived at http://www.raptureready.com/featured/graham/graham.html
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