Pastors and church leaders from California’s Compton community gathered to demand an end to street violence and for the person who shot and killed Pastor Reginald Moore outside of his church to go to authorities and turn himself in.
Moore, the 65-year-old pastor of the Upper Room Christian Church in Compton, was shot to death as he was walking to his vehicle in between Bible study and church on Oct. 24.
“We’re not going to hide,” Dr. Michael J. Fisher, a pastor at Greater Zion Church Family, said at a press conference that clergy and community members held last week, ABC7 reported. “We’re not going to live in fear and we as ministers, we’re not going to sit back and allow others to take care of our community.”
The slain pastor’s daughter, Daney Raqueal Moore, said her father was “a good man.”
“And his teaching and preaching will not go in vain. I’ll continue to live through his legacy by ensuring that there will be peace, there will be love, there will be joy,” she was quoted as saying.
The pastor’s wife, Sharon Moore, said, “I can’t even think right now because I’m hurting so bad. But he was a good man and he loved God and I’m telling you, whoever did this, turn yourself in.”
Pastor Michael J. Fisher called for an end to cycles of street violence Compton has witnessed for decades. He added that this time, it’s different. “The act was evil. The act was evil,” NBC Los Angeles quoted him as saying.
LA County Sheriff’s office said 10 investigators have been investigating the case, but no arrest has been made.
Members of the Moore family told the press earlier that the pastor would have been the first to forgive those responsible.
“One thing my daddy did preach and teach on was forgiveness. He always lived by the motto, ‘What would Jesus do?’” the pastor’s daughter told the “Edifi With Billy Hallowell” podcast. “He said, ‘Jesus forgave His enemies and we have to forgive ours.’ … We have to forgive people to be free.”
Daney Moore also spoke about other facets of her father’s personality, describing him as a “character” who always loved to laugh. But beyond those jovial memories, she said he was a man of God on a mission to bring people to faith.
“My daddy was a loving and funny man. He was just a non-confrontational soul who … wanted to make sure that everybody was saved, everybody accepted the Lord,” she said. “Any way he could find to tell you about God, he would.”
When asked if she had a message she wanted to share, Moore delivered an emotional and stirring appeal to everyone listening: “Stop the killing. Stop the violence … be at peace with people and … just get saved if you’re not.”
The above comes from a Nov. 7 story in the Christian Post.
If you are a victim of crime in California, you can’t rely on the police nor the government to help. You have to hope the criminal turns himself in. Yep. That’ll work. If you stay in California, you are asking for it.
In San Francisco authorities and the media are openly discussing/spinning that residents and visitors will have to tolerate burglaries (smash and grab into vehicles) as a price to pay for living in and visiting the city. Yep. First it was needles on the ground and in parks, then poop on the sidewalk, now burglaries have to be tolerated.
Can’t you people see that Democrats ruin civilized society?
May the Lord bring justice and mercy. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Obey Acts 2:38 and Matthew 28:19
May God bless the soul of this good minister, slain on a Sunday morning, while doing God’s work. And may God comfort his poor, grieving family. Hope they find the criminal who killed him– and send that murderer to prison for the rest of his life.
Absolutely terrible. I am so sorry. This world has lost respect for all people. A good man preaching the word of God and this is what he gets. Not right. And the killer goes free….
Difficult question: he wasn’t Catholic. Extra ecclesiam nola salus. Is he in heaven or hell?
Mourning over this tragedy doesn’t avoid nor answer the question about the fate of his soul.
There is no salvation outside the Church. Of course. There is no other Name by which we may be saved.
But that does not mean that he has to be Catholic to get to Heaven.
There is no other Savior than Jesus Christ.
The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ.
Baptism incorporates one into the Body of Christ.
What a totally horrible, thoughtless, unChristian comment. Our Catechism makes it very clear, that God is the One Who decides who goes to Heaven. And God has His own criteria, for many unusual situations, way beyond what we poor, dumb human beings may ever know or understand.
The Catholic Church has always accepted Baptisms of Protestants entering the Church, who were baptized according to the correct Trinitarian formula.
I bet holy men like Cardinal St. John Henry Newman would be in Heaven, even if he had remained an Anglican cleric, and had not converted to Catholicism. (Not so sure of “Catholic” political leaders, such as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi!) Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen was a colleague to many notable Protestant clergymen, such as Rev. Billy Graham, and Rev. Robert Schuller. He encouraged the ministries of many Protestant clergymen, and also preached several times at Protestant churches, such as Rev. Robert Schuller’s “Crystal Cathedral.” Ven. Sheen did not believe that these dedicated, devout Christian ministers were denied entrance into Heaven.
May Pastor Reginald Moore, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Straight Outta Compton.