Yet another mass killing in America, this time in a small church in a small town in the big state of Texas. It was a normal Sunday morning in Sutherland Springs with a population of 600 people where the first Baptist Church was holding its morning service attended by about 60 people.

The sound of prayer, singing, music and scripture reading is suddenly and rudely interrupted by gun shots. This eerie and violent sound begins outside and could be heard walking into the church for this evil was on two legs in the form of a man, who it was later reported, was very angry with members of his family. This man lived 30 miles away but his anger caused him to leave his home then drove to this small town with the sole intent of killing as many people as he could before he is killed or he kills himself. When he left the church 26 people lay dead with scores wounded. The death toll included an 18 month old baby and a 77 year old woman. One of the deceased was about 5 months pregnant, and three of her children were killed

The narrative is very familiar only the details are different. That very night as our evening service was in progress I stopped proceedings and prayed for the safety from such evil over the congregation. Never was I thinking, as I was prompted to pray, that a church would be the arena where such evil would take place.

Later that day Republican Ken Paxton, the State Attorney General, the highest legal officer of the state said: American churches should be “arming some of the parishioners” or hiring “professional security”, “for it’s going to happen again,” he told the media in an interview.

The following day, President Trump on a tour of Asia, told reporters in Tokyo the preliminary reports indicated the shooter was “deranged.” “This isn’t a guns situation, I mean we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it,” Trump said. “But fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction; otherwise … it would have been much worse. But this is a mental health problem at the highest level.”

Delusion is defined as an idiosyncratic belief or impression maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.

Synonyms includes: misapprehension, mistaken impression, false impression, mistaken belief, misconception, misunderstanding, mistake, error, misinterpretation, misconstruction, misbelief; fallacy, illusion, figment of the imagination, fantasy, chimera; fool’s paradise, self-deception to name just some of the words that describes delusion.

If the latest killer had mental health issues then so has America because it refuses to see that the root of its problem is the gun.

The bible describes a number of characters and situations as delusional.

In Isaiah 66, God said he would “choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when he called, none did answer; when he spoke they did not hear, but they did evil before his eyes and chose that which he delighted not”. (Isaiah 66:4 KJV).

In Romans 1, Apostle Paul described the delusion of those who were engaged in unnatural practices as delusional. (Romans 1: 18-32).

In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, Apostle Paul wrote about those who resisted the truth of the gospel but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness and of such, God has sent strong delusions that they may believe a lie and be damned.

King Nebuchadnezzar became delusional for 7 years because of pride. He lived in the wilds, his nails grew like claws and his hair grew long and unkempt. Despite his madness he still remained king for he could not see that he was behaving oddly nor would his servants acknowledge his madness.

The state of delusion will continue in America until it is prepared to accept it has a gun control problem. There are many angry people in America yet the vast majority are some of the finest people you will ever want to meet anywhere in the world.

America has some great churches, preachers and Christians; lovely and generous people. I have been to America a number of times and am taken aback at the generosity of the people. On one occasion I attended a predominantly white church in Atlanta. I did not say I was a minister or even from the UK. The pastor of the church having found out from someone in the church took me out for lunch a few days later as a way of showing me hospitality. We exchanged contact details and I was asked that if ever I returned to that part of America again to let him know so I could minister for him.

This pastor knew nothing about me other than I was a minister but it did not prevent his hospitality.

So, because there are so many angry people in America with easy access to some of the most lethal weapons in the world it is delusional not to do something about gun control. It is delusional for churches to arm itself with guns.

The modern church projects onto large screens bible texts, songs and announcements so church attendees are not carrying their personal bibles and song books with them to church. One mega church pastor who was interviewed following the latest killings in Sutherland Spring said his church banned shoulder bags from being taken into the church yet he went on, in the same interview, to advocate that congregations should carry guns into church with them just in case.

Sadly, this will happen again and perhaps worst is to come because of the state of delusion in America.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people. 

The Lord’s servant  

Lloyd Denny