HEALTH-CLUB MASS-MURDERER BELIEVED HE WAS GOING TO HEAVEN?
by Moody Adams George Sodini walked into the LA Fitness Center and opened fire in an aerobics room filled with women, killing three, wounding 9, and then killed himself
Sodini kept an online diary, in which he said that the pastor at Tetelestai convinced him it was possible to commit mass murder and still go to heaven.
After the shooting rampage, church leader George Sodini said Sodini rests in heaven now because he professed a faith in Jesus years before his shooting rampage, a Tetelestai Christian Church leader said.
Jack Rickard, a deacon at the Telelestai church Sodini attended for years, said the Bible plainly says that "professing a faith in Jesus as savior means you will have complete eternal salvation."
Rickard, 80, of Indiana, Pa., said Tetelestai members "George is going to heaven, but he's not going to get his rewards," Rickard said. “Sodini won't be offered all of heaven's benefits because of his sin.”
The pastor, Rev. Alan "Rick" Knapp taught Sodini that he could kill and go to heaven: "But this guy teaches (and convinced me) you can commit mass murder then still go to heaven. Ask him," Sodini wrote in his diary.
Heresy is truth stretched out of proportion. Today churches are stretching grace to a point that a mere profession of faith guarantees heaven. Sodini was put out of the church once, quit going for the past four years and slaughtered innocent women with no apparent reason, committed suicide, yet they teach he is in heaven?
The Bible warned us there would be preachers who would pervert grace into a license to sin: “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4).
The Bible unmistakably says murderers do not have "eternal life," "Ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him" (1 John 3:15).
God is astonished at murderers who say they are saved to sin: “Will ye steal, murder … And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?” (Jeremiah 7:9, 10).
A mass murderer has a “reprobate” mind: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness … murder “ (Romans 1:28, 29).
Murderers to the lake of fire: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
Murderers will be left out of heaven: “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers” (Revelation 22:15).
Christians disagree about whether a mass murderer lost his salvation, or whether he never was saved, but there is certainly no Biblical way to declare he is in heaven.