The church where the Atlanta massacre suspect worshipped ripped him Friday for having a “sinful heart and depraved mind.”
Robert Aaron Long was a lifelong and active member of the Crabtree First Baptist Church in Milton, Ga. — but in a long and brimstone-filled statement, leaders there condemned the murders he allegedly carried out as “egregious” and “wicked” and promised God’s judgment will be just.
“We believe in a Holy and Righteous God who abhors evil and will judge all sin in perfect justice,” the statement said.
“We have been in complete cooperation with law enforcement, and we pray for justice to be done. We pray for both earthly justice and divine justice,” the statement said.
“We were absolutely devastated at this senseless loss of life and callous disregard for human beings created in the image of God,” the church said, calling the shooting that left eight dead “a total repudiation of our faith and practice.”
The leaders extended their prayers to the shooting’s massage-parlor-employee victims, who Long has told cops he blamed for catering to his “sex addiction.”
“We grieve for the victims and their families, and we continue to pray for all of those affected by this heinous crime as they deal with unimaginable pain and sorrow,” the statement said.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Laura Italiano