[Statement] Pastor Greg Laurie Issues Statement After Shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Pastor, evangelist, and nationally syndicated radio host Greg Laurie issues the following statement: 

“Whenever these horrible shootings happen we immediately pivot to issues like gun control and mental illness. Those discussions all have their place of course, but there is another factor at work, in fact the most significant factor of all – pure evil. According to the Bible, there really is a devil, there really is evil, and because of this people can be be motivated to do unimaginable things, like a man walking into a bar and indiscriminately shooting people.  

“This is why America needs to pray. We need to pray for the protection of people wherever they are, synagogues, churches, malls, restaurants and wherever else they congregate. We must also acknowledge the courageous efforts of law enforcement and other first responders. Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29 year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department ran in when everyone else was running out. Tragically, he was shot and killed. Sgt. Helus was a true hero. Let’s all continue to pray for the families of those who were killed. Their lives will be changed forever. They need to turn to the ‘God of all comfort’ in a time like.”

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Pastor Greg Laurie serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, one of the largest churches in America; is the author of more than 70 books; is the creator of 3 feature films; hosts the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, A New Beginning; and is the founder of Harvest Crusades, a large-scale evangelistic ministry attended by more than 8.9 million people worldwide, both in stadiums, arenas and at live-streaming locations across the world. Laurie is the author of the new book book “Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today.”