ALERT!!! New FBI Warning Yesterday: Churches Will Be Targets
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I’d be surprised if a church or churches aren’t hit by a terrorist event by the end of this year. Read this information, take it seriously, and then pass it on to every Christian and member of the Jewish faith that you know.
FBI's New Warning: Heightened Threats During Holidays
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a stark warning about an increased risk of terror attacks in the United States, particularly targeting places of worship and the Jewish community. This warning comes in the wake of the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, which terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS are likely to exploit to incite violence in the U.S. The holiday season, a time of celebrating the birth of our Savior, is seen as a particularly vulnerable period for such attacks.
The FBI's alert emphasizes the need for heightened security measures and vigilance among all religious communities. Given the current global political climate and the recent spike in religiously motivated attacks, the FBI's concern extends to Jewish Synagogues and Christian churches. This warning serves as a critical reminder for congregations to review and reinforce their security protocols.
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Director's Insights: The Landscape of Threats
In a recent briefing to U.S. senators, FBI Director Christopher Wray described the current threat landscape as the most severe in years, likening it to a scenario where “all the lights are blinking red.” This is a stark comparison to the pre-9/11 security warnings. Director Wray highlighted that the threats are not only heightened but also diverse, coming from different groups and individuals, including the possibility of lone wolf attacks.
One specific case that underscores this threat was the arrest of a 16-year-old in Las Vegas who was planning a lone wolf attack in support of ISIS. This incident exemplifies the type of threats that the FBI is currently tracking and trying to preempt. The complexity and multiplicity of these threats require an equally multifaceted response from law enforcement agencies and the communities at risk, including churches.
Church Preparedness: Action Steps
In response to the FBI's warning, churches are advised to take proactive steps to ensure the safety of their congregations. This includes conducting regular security assessments, training staff and volunteers on emergency response protocols, and establishing a clear communication plan in case of an incident. It is also vital for churches to liaise with local law enforcement to understand the specific threats in their area and to receive guidance on best practices for security.
Additionally, churches should consider implementing physical security measures, such as surveillance systems, controlled entry points, and having security personnel on site during services and large gatherings. While it is crucial to maintain a welcoming environment, these measures can greatly enhance the safety of the congregation without compromising the open nature of worship spaces.
You can download a security survey for your church here.
Bible Study: Vigilance in Faith
In these challenging times, it is essential for churches to remain open and welcoming, even in the face of potential threats. The Bible speaks to the importance of vigilance and preparedness. In 1 Peter 5:8, it says, "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." This verse reminds us to be alert and mindful of the dangers around us, but not to live in fear.
Moreover, in Matthew 10:16, Jesus advises, "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." This guidance encourages us to balance our openness and trust with wisdom and discernment. Churches must navigate these trying times by embracing their mission of being places of refuge and hope, while also taking prudent steps to protect their congregations. In doing so, they demonstrate faith in action, trusting in God's protection while exercising responsible stewardship over their communities.
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