Is The Problem With Guns Or The Heart?

Pastor Dennis Campbell   2/6/2013


Pastor Dennis Campbell, Ph.D. is the senior pastor at Granite City Baptist Church of St. Cloud, MN. 320-251-2801, Info @ GraniteCityBaptist.org

Since the Newtown Connecticut massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 26 children were killed, politicians are debating gun control. Many people believe that gun control is the answer. However, other countries have tried gun control, but it has not curbed crime.  

David Barton commented, “The lessons of Scripture and history are clear that the key is controlling what is in one’s heart, not what is in one’s hand.”

William Murray in the Religious Freedom Coalition Newsletter said that in the UK only criminals and cops have guns.

He shared what it was like when he was in school, “The doors were unlocked and often the un-air-conditioned rooms had open windows. There were no metal detectors, no picture ID’s, and students went in and out the doors on the honor system. The authority of God was present….”

William talked about his mother and the past. “My mother, atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, fought to make the public schools the armed camps they are today by removing prayer, the recognition of the authority of God. In 1962 and 1963, I was attending an all-boys public high school in downtown Baltimore MD. The school was a magnet school before the term even existed, and was intended to prepare young men for college, majoring in science and engineering. There were 1,800 teenage boys in the school, and there was not a cop in the building – ever.

In the vast majority of America’s public schools, the authority of God has been replaced with the authority of the iron fist of government. Morals? There are no morals taught in the public schools today. The ethics that are taught are situational, perhaps the same situational ethics that led to the logic that caused the tragic shootings in Newtown.

A large advertising sign near my home reads, “A church for those who don’t like church.” Translation: “No condemnation of sin here – we have coffee latte and great music.”

The fear of an angry and vengeful God was far more likely to have stopped the shootings in Newtown than the warm voice of a psychologist or the soothing feeling of drugs.” Rev. 14:7, “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

Without the authority of God, there are no morals. No number of gun-control laws can contain the evil that has been let loose in America. Churches, schools, and parents need to develop the fear of God in the hearts of our young people. The problem is with the heart. Mt. 15:19, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

Jonathan Edwards, “There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men’s hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands. He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it.”

Mr. Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton CO, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. These courageous words spoken by Mr. Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. Following is a portion of the transcript.

“Since the dawn of creation, there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other 11 children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.”

Gen. 4:8, 13, “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him…. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.”

“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used, neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.”

“I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy, it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing of fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.”

“Your laws ignore our deepest needs,

Your words are empty air.

You’ve stripped away our heritage,

You’ve outlawed simple prayer.

Now gunshots fill our classrooms,

And precious children die.

You seek for answers everywhere,

And ask the question, “Why?”

You regulate restrictive laws

Through legislative creed,

And yet you fail to understand

That God is what we need!”

The consequences of sin are far greater than the pleasures of sin! Do you have a fear and reverence for God? Have you repented of your sins and trusted Christ as your personal Savior and Lord?  

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