Yesterday this man, Cedric Anderson entered North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, whereas he shot a total of four people.
One victim was a teacher (his estranged wife – Karen Elaine Smith), the other two were students (one later died), Anderson then killed himself. What is ironic about this, is Anderson is a ‘professing’ Christian, and a former pastor.
Some are probably tired of me beating this drum, or blowing my trumpet; but sound doctrine and Theology matters.
Therefore it is reasonable to raise this question. Was this man truly a born-again Christian, born-again of Christ’s incorruptible Seed? Or was he a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Or was he false convert deceived into believing that he was born-again from above, because of unbiblical (heretical) soteriologies. Such as repeating your pastor’s unbiblical ‘sinner’s prayer,’ then being told you are born-again. Or by raising your hand in church, then being told you are born-again. Or by walking forward in an unbiblical altar call, then being told you’re now born-again. Or “accepting Jesus,” or making a “decision for Christ,” or having a mere intellectual “belief” in Jesus. All of which are unbiblical, and none of them are salvific.
Regardless of Anderson’s eternal state and fate, Pastors and Christians must repent from manipulating lost sinners into a pseudō-salvation, and they must quit manufacturing results. They must repent from their own ‘cut and paste Theology,’ as they take God’s Word out of context, to justify their own unbiblical soteriologies. As I said in one article, they must repent from this “Theological malpractice.”
Salvation is a supernatural ‘miracle’ and work of the Lord, not of ourselves. To be more specific, salvation is the Divine work of the Holy Trinity. Salvation comes to others as the Father draws (gives) them to His Son (John 6:37-44; 17:2, 6, 9, 24), through the redemptive work of Christ (John 10:15, Heb 9:11-28, Eph. 5:25b), as the Holy Spirit regenerates their heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 3:5-8, Titus 3:5-6, Rom 2:29; cf 2 Tim. 2:25, 2 Cor. 4:6, John 10:27, Acts 16:14, John 1:13).
A mere ‘profession’ of faith is not salvific either. Sadly his newlywed wife (now deceased) believed that his ‘profession of faith’ was genuine, until she recently married him, and now she’s dead.
Another observation that seems to be consistent with other martial failures. On social media Anderson frequently bragged about his marriage, and how much he loved her. Usually when a man consistently brags about how much he loves his wife, it is usually proven to not be the case.
Lastly, please pray for Karen’s four children, as losing their mother this way is so tragic.