A church in Pennsylvania has been vandalized by authors who have drawn satanic images and references on its property.
The incident, which is currently under investigation, occurred last Friday at the Lititz Brethren’s Church. The Lititz Borough Police Department came to the church to investigate and found messages such as “Hail Satan”, “Kill God”, and “666”, which is known as the mark of the beast. . Images such as a pentagram have also been discovered.
“The images and references were found to have been written on the rear exterior wall of the church as well as on the pavilion floor and tables at the rear of the church building,” police said in a statement. a statement. declaration. “The images and references were chalked on and could then be cleaned up without damaging the property.”
Authorities added that the vandalism likely took place “overnight between the evening of 3/12/2021 and the morning of 4/12/2021.”
On Monday, the church’s senior pastor, Eric Landram, said The Christian Post that the church has never been degraded before.
He noted that the church “treats this as a one-off prank and is not concerned with antics”.
Other than “what has already been reported, we have no additional comments at this time,” Landram continued.
Days later, a man vandalized the National Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, smashing the face of a statue. The vandal also broke the statue’s hands and grabbed them as he ran away.
As reported by Fox 5 DCthe incident happened on Sunday evening and was discovered Monday morning by basilica security personnel.
Last month, three churches in DeLand, Florida were vandalized as well as. Vandals smashed windows and toppled statues.
During the past year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recorded at least 113 incidents of arson, vandalism and destruction at Catholic churches in 29 states and the District of Columbia since May 2020.
“These incidents of vandalism range from the tragic to the obscene, from the transparent to the inexplicable. There is still a lot we don’t know about this phenomenon, but at a minimum, they underscore that our society is in dire need of God’s grace,” said said the USCCB in a declaration in October.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts from Podcast For Your Soul, which seeks to endow the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Happy are the forgiven.