Mormon Bishop Shot

August 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM 1 comment

Visalia Police detectives point to an area where a suspect was shot after Bishop Clay Sannar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was shot and killed Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 in Visalia, Calif. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Gary Kazanjian)

This bit of news is tragic.  Clay Sannar, 40, a Mormon church Bishop and father of six, was shot and killed by 47-year-old Kenneth James Ward of Modesto, Calif. who was later shot and killed by police in Visalia, CA.

Folks, this is absolutely reprehensible.  We do not know why the man shot Sannar because police do not yet know of a motive.

The equally unfortunate part of this is that it will make the looney tune lawmakers believe that the answer lies in putting more restrictions on guns and those who own them.  This will not solve the problem, but only make it worse as the recent situation in Chicago showed.  Guns were completely outlawed (illegally mind you) by the Mayor and city council and crime went way up.  Why?  Because the criminals (who do not go through legal means to obtain their smuggled in weapons) are aware of the fact that their chances of being shot during a home invasion are next to nil.

The other tragic aspect of this is that life has been lost by someone who fits the description of someone in the end times.  We can read either Paul or Peter and get scary descriptions of these types of individuals.

It is not going to get easier to live in the end times as we are doing.  We are not going to see less crime, we are going to see more crime.  We are not going to see people who are less violent.  We will see people who are more violent, who flip out much easier or more quickly than people in the past generation or two did.

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7 KJV)

The above is quite a list from Paul to Timothy!  Notice that it all stems from one thing:  the fact that men will be lovers of themselves.  People who love themselves always think of themselves first.  They do not generally, or by nature, consider others.  They do not either have the capacity to care about how others feel, or they do not want to care.  Because they love themselves, they do what they do and it normally does not matter what the repercussions are of their actions or words.  They simply do not care because they are too busy taking care of their own needs or wants.

Why was the Mormon Bishop killed?  At this point, we do not know for certain.  One thing we can probably say with great certainty is that the Mormon Bishop was not attacking the other man, who then had to fight for his life.  One news outlet indicated that “…it does not appear anyone in the ward knew the shooter, who ‘is not a member of the church.’ [A spokesman for the church] said Sannar was well liked and an ‘outstanding man.’ Sannar was the general manager of Soil Basics, a fertilizer company in Visalia, according to the company’s website.” [1]  Apparently, the shooter seemed angry about something, went into see Sannar, shot him in the foot, dragged him out into the hallway and then shot him in the face.

People who love themselves may become thieves because they want what other people have (covetousness).  They boast and brag about themselves all the time.  Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and all they do is talk about themselves?  Even if you attempt to change the subject to something else, it is not long before they bring the conversation back to themselves.  It is uncanny how a person like that can do that, too.  They are masters at it because they love themselves so much!

People who love themselves find it boring, distracting, and even frustrating if they are not the center of attention.  They constantly brag about themselves, whether their bragging is an accurate reflection of their life or not and it usually is not.  They can also become very effective liars, making up stories about themselves to impress.  It does not matter as long as people think of them highly.  Most people do not think highly of braggarts, but the braggart does not normally see that.

People who love themselves become unholy for obvious reasons.  They are so focused on their own life, their own needs, and wants that nothing else matters.  Certainly, the welfare of others makes no difference, nor does God’s will.  Their eyes are too focused on themselves and actually leads to an instability that causes them to doubt themselves.  Because they are so glued to themselves, they see every awkward look, a mispoken word, or something else from other people as an affront to their self-esteem.  The unending cycle of increased attention can spiral out of control.

Notice also how people like this are unthankful according to Paul.  They believe that they are owed  everything in life.  If they are owed everything, then why should they be thankful for it?  It should naturally come to them.  It is what they expect and what they should have.  Paul describes to Timothy people who are so enamored with themselves that the natural outcome of this is becoming like Satan.  Satan lies, breaks truces, is unholy, is unthankful, disobedient to his Maker, proud of who he is (as if he is self-made), a confident blasphemer, and all the rest.

People who focus solely on themselves because of their great self-love, can become killers, robbers, rapists, and more.  It is all about them, and how to fulfill their wants, needs, desires.  Think of a person addicted to meth.  They do everything they can do to get their next fix.  They take no thought of how stealing something from your car or home might impact your life, how it might cause a growing fear to develop within you because of someone who violated your space and took what does not belong to them.  It doesn’t matter though because only their wants and felt needs are of any concern at all.

Think about a rapist.  While most rapes are not sexual crimes (but crimes of dominance), they still stem from the fact that the rapist wants something to satisfy himself.  Once he gets what he yearns for, he is content…for a while, until the need within him comes to the surface again.

In our society today, for some reason, there seems to be a proliferation of women who are attracted to young men or even boys.  To these women, there is not only nothing wrong with “falling in love” with a teenager, or boy, but to them, it is natural.  They are seducing these young men and boys because of their own desires, not because it is healthy, or good for the boy.  Yet, they will twist it in their own minds to make themselves believe that what they are doing is perfectly normal.  This is certainly classified as part of the “unnatural affection” Paul refers to in his letter to Timothy. 

Most criminals are criminals because of something within them that completely overrides common courtesies and/or concern for others.  They are unable to place themselves into the situation that they place their victims.  They love themselves too much and they become everything that Paul outlines above.

The man who shot the Mormon Bishop was thinking only of himself.  Once the police are able to determine a motive, we will know more.  However, even if it turns out he was shooting the Bishop out of some type of “vengeance,” or something similiar, he was ultimately doing it for the feelings he would gain from his actions.  Those feelings makes him feel superior, important, and successful.  There is no excuse for it, but since it stems from his self-love, any excuse he uses will work for him.

Unfortunately, the man was killed by the police, which means he stands before the only Person who can judge him fairly, righteously, and justly.  No excuses will work before God.  We will stand before our Maker completely naked, both physically and spiritually.  Nothing will be hidden…from God or ourselves.  We will see ourselves as we are in this life.

In fact, both the Bishop and the shooter stand before God.  We have previously including a post in which we pointed out that Mormonism utilizes Christian-sounding terminology, but essentially has their own meaning for many of those terms.  The crux of the situation is that both orthodox Christianity and Mormonism cannot be correct.  Mormon Bishop Clay Sannar was shot dead today by someone at the church that no one seemed to know.  My heart goes out to the family if for no other reason than the tremendous shock and sorrow they must be feeling for their loss.

My heart also goes out to Sannar and Mormons in general because of what I percieve to be theological error on their part, error that keeps them from understanding the true meaning of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.

None of us are privvy to the day/time that we will leave this earth.  None of us knows the method by which God has already determined that death will come to us.  There is not one person alive today who is powerful enough to withstand God’s appointed time for us.  We cannot stave off death through willpower, thought processes, wishful thinking, or determined living.  We will all die and we had better take the time to know the correct path to salvation.

Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,” (Matthew 7:13-14; KJV, emphasis added).

We cannot rest on our on laurels so to speak, when it comes to salvation.  We must fully understand whether we have received eternal life, and then understand why it is eternal life that we have received.  If you cannot explain it biblically, then you may in fact, not have it.  Start with the third chapter of John and read it until the light begins to dawn.

I will be speaking at a Bible Conference in Canada during the second half of October.  My subject will be “Death or Rapture: Either Way It Will be Your Last Day.”  Whether we are waiting for the Rapture, or simply waiting for that time when Jesus takes us home, we need to realize that in either case – through our death or via the Rapture – we will be gone from this life in an instant.  It could happen any time and it will likely take most of us by complete surprise (our death or the Rapture).  Are you ready?  Have you settled the question?  I pray you have…


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  • 1. World Wide News Flash  |  August 30, 2010 at 8:20 PM

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