Turn to God
Man’s “theology” is to make complex the simple, and evolve truth into error from the beginning.
Vernon Howell’s “theology” was that man (himself) and man’s institutions (Mount Carmel) held the answers, or solutions, for those seeking them.
Others now put forth that same “theology” as Howell’s, albeit under other names, for answers, or solutions. . . . (Your “Coping” section, May 2.)
Analogy: To learn how our car is made and how it functions — would we seek another dealer — or its manufacturer?
Should man be able to solve man’s problems, (then) why is our world in such chaos?
Simply profound: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
(See Psalm 40:4)
He was wrong
Let’s set the record straight. Vernon Howell was wrong.
He was not Jesus Christ, a prophet, a hero, righteous, holy or a saint.
He was a sick, warped, perverted megalomaniac who only thought he was these things. He was also a child molester and a coward who used his evil and corrupted influence over his followers for his own selfish ends rather than for their empowerment.
He is not to be idolized in any way, shape or form especially as one whose supposed rights of religious freedom and bearing arms were violated.
He has the right to practice religion and to have weapons. But he was being investigated (among other things) for converting those legal weapons into illegal automatic firearms. Whatever the means by which ATF arrives, it was clearly and properly identified. If it had been found the ATF was wrong or illegal in its actions, Howell had legal recourse. But he chose to fight. Look at the results.
Kevin R. Goodrum