The Orlando shooting tragedy has filled the news headlines for many days now. Liberal minds argue over gun laws. The Obama administration continues to grant special treatment to Muslims by refusing to connect the tragedy to Islamic terrorism. And stupid pastors – no apologies, are calling the death of 49 precious human beings, most of them gay, the judgment of God.

Everyone seems to have an opinion. But what would Jesus say concerning such tragic events?

Interestingly, in His day the people spoke to Jesus about another tragedy of some Galileans who were put to death by Pilate, their blood being mingled with their sacrifices (Lk. 13:1-5). No explanation of the reason Pilate killed them is given. Naturally, as with the Orlando tragedy, people want to know why. Back in that day Jewish theology attributed these kinds of tragedies to God’s punishment for their sins. Much like, once again – and no apologies again, today’s stupid pastors.

Jesus did not fuss with them over their retribution theology. Instead, He transferred the meaning of the tragedy to the spiritual sphere and eternity. He points to the present urgent need of repentance (v. 2-3).

Jesus answered, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.’”

Then Jesus references another recent calamity where 18 workers perished in an accident. Rather than engaging in a theological or political debate or speculating on their guilt, Jesus once again uses their awful fate as an opportunity for the living to repent.

“Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Friends, there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. These tragic events that are increasing in our land should remind us of the brevity of life and the fleeting nature of even our good times.

I’m afraid all the spin that the government, the talking pundits, and even, yes, one more time, stupid pastors, put on tragedies such as these is another subtle ploy of the devil to keep us from talking about what really matters – heaven, hell, and the afterlife.

How is it with your soul, friend? Have you repented of your sins? Are you right with God? Have you surrendered your life to the Lord Jesus Christ?

I end with a remarkable quote by J.C. Ryle:

“The subject of hell is always offensive to human nature. Men love to hear ‘smooth things,’ and to be told of peace, and not of danger. (Is. 30:10) But the subject is one that ought not to be kept back, if we desire to do good to souls. It is one that our Lord Jesus Christ brought forward frequently in His public teachings. That loving Savior, who spoke so graciously of the way to heaven, has also used the plainest language about the way to hell. Let us beware of being wise above that which is written, and more charitable than Scripture itself.”


  1. Amen. Good points about how Jesus related to recent tragedies and pointed them to the eternal realities instead of getting caught up and distracted in the debates of the day.

  2. Think about it – Selah!

    The day of the Orlando shootings where 50 people left their physical bodies, was the day of the first fruits or Shauvot – the Jewish “Pentecost” which is 50 days after Pesach (the Passover in Judaism, not the Pentecost set by the pope).

    It was unusual because none of the injured succumbed to their injuries, which is often the case – there are critically injured people, who are taken to hospital who later pass away. In this case the numbers who succumbed was immediately released by the Police -49 plus the shooter = 50.

    Seek The LORD’s Wisdom and act within your assignment. My assignment involves nations. The day before Brexit, I asked The LORD if He wanted Britain to remain in the EU. He said, no. I began to declare in Tongues, laughed in The Spirit and it was done!

    There is a new thing happening in the earth – the establishment that seeks to control and oppress people is destroyed, and it very much involves what people call the “church.” Follow The leading of Father and seek ONLY His Will – not the Will of a man or organization and be willing to separate yourself from tradition (even if you are pentecostal or charismatic), and you will be in awe of what Father is doing in Creation.

    Judge, test for yourself – I go to a “church” to praise and worship (which I do mainly in Tongues as I often don’t agree with the words) and for prayer on Friday nights. They would ask me to pray for some issues in the “church.” I would pray and then felt very uncomfortable within and sought The LORD. He told me to decline to pray, though I could pray when they gave you a scripture and told you to pray based on the scripture.

    I DO NOT PARTICIPATE in what touches the tainted system of religion rooted in roman catholic rooted conventions or traditions!

    • I want to add that I don’t in any way imagine that I am the only person who was supporting the exit of Britain in The LORD. There may have been many others who also were assigned or moved to do the same thing.

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