Following the horrific church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, many people posted to social media that their thoughts and prayers were with the victims.
Yesterday, a church pastor who preaches near the First Baptist Church was asked about the effectiveness of prayer in such a situation.
Here’s how he responded, per Faithwire:
Paul Buford, pastor of River Oaks Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, had a pointed response on Monday when an MSNBC reporter asked him if prayers are really enough in the wake of the horrific mass shooting at First Baptist Church.
“I think, absolutely they are,” Buford, whose church is just two miles down the road from First Baptist, said during an on-air segment. “It’s only our faith in God that’s going to get us through this.”
The pastor side-stepped liberal narratives on the shooting incident, saying it’s not a gun problem, but a “heart issue”:
But the conversation took yet another interesting turn when the reporter asked how, outside of prayer, society can stop events like this from happening.
“I’m not sure we’re going to be able to stop those things, because the word of God tells us that we are gonna face trials and tribulations, that evil is out there, and it’s doing everything it can to attack,”Buford said. “We talk about it’s a gun issue, or we talk about a mental health issue. Well, as pastors and as Christians, we talk about it and say it’s not that; it’s a heart issue.”
Buford suggested the tragedy is a part of a “spiritual battle” which “good is gonna overcome,” per Independent Journal Review:
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The MSNBC reporter than pressed the pastor for an answer on how the government can stop tragedies like the one that happened Sunday from happening again. In response, Buford raised a critical point:
“The Word of God tells us that we are gonna face trials and tribulations, that evil is out there, and it’s doing everything it can to attack. We talk about it’s a gun issue, or we talk about a mental health issue. Well, as pastors and as Christians, we talk about it and say it’s not that. It’s a heart issue.
It’s the fact that we’re focused on the world, and we’re not focused on God. And if we were focused on the other, then we wouldn’t be having those things. We continue to push God out of our schools, out of our communities, out of our government. …
We’re in a spiritual battle, we believe, in this world. It’s evil against good. Now, we know that good is gonna overcome that.”