Robert Caleb Engle: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Robert Caleb Engle: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The scene at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, after at least one woman was killed and six others were wounded when a gunman opened fire Sunday morning, the Metro Nashville Police Department says.

Robert Caleb Engle, 22, is the heroic usher and legal gun carrier who stopped the fatal shooting at Burnette Chapel Church in Antioch, Tennessee today. He’s being hailed as a hero who risked his own life to stop the gunman, now identified as Emanuel Samson. While they struggled, Samson was shot in the chest and prevented from hurting more people. Engle later said in a statement that he hoped somehow, through this, people would come to know Christ. He also asked for people to pray for the victims, their families, and for the shooter and the shooter’s family and friends.

Here’s what you need to know about Engle and what he did to stop the shooting.


1. When Robert Caleb Engle Confronted the Gunman, He Was Pistol-Whipped

When Robert Engle saw the shooting, he ran up to the gunman to try to stop him, police said. “There was a significant struggle between the two,” said Don Aaron, police spokesman. Samson pistol-whipped Engle during the struggle. Engle was bleeding from his head, but he didn’t let the injury stop him.

Nashville police chief Steve Anderson said Engle was a hero.

“He’s the hero here, he’s the person who stopped this madness in its tracks.”

Engle suffered severe injuries from the confrontation, but is now stable.


2. Engle Got His Gun, Returned, and Held the Shooter at Gunpoint

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Engle, who has a legal permit to carry his gun, ran outside to his car to get his gun after he was pistol-whipped, according to early police reports. The gunman had accidentally shot himself in the chest during their initial struggle.

When he went back into the church, Engle held the shooter at gunpoint while he was bleeding from his head, waiting for the police.

“After the gunman suffered the self inflicted wound, the church usher … ran to his car, got his gun, came back in, and made sure the gunman didn’t make any more movements until the police officers arrived,” Aaron told reporters.

Engle was able to talk to the police and walk into the ambulance on his own. He’s now in the hospital, recovering.


3. Police Officials Called Engle an ‘Exceptionally Brave Individual’ and a Hero

Police officials had nothing but praise for Engle. Don Aaron, a police spokesman, called him an “exceptionally brave individual.”

Engle, a church usher, was hospitalized with a head injury from the confrontation, but the injury is not life threatening, according to police.

Engle’s grandmother, Rheta Engle, said her grandson just really cares for people, The Tennessean reported.

That’s like him. He’s just someone who cares about a lot of people. He has all their feelings at heart… It would make any parent, grandparent very, very proud of him.”

Robert Langford, a friend of Engle’s, said his friend goes by his middle name, Caleb. He described Engle to The Tennessean as a gentle giant.

He’s such a great guy… Just one of the kindest human beings you’ll ever meet.”


4. Engle Said in a Statement After the Shooting: ‘I Pray That Through All of This … People Will Come to Know Christ’

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After the shooting, Engle released the following statement:

He wrote, in part:

I’ve been going to this church my whole life, since I was a small child. I would have never, ever thought something like this would have happened.

I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing. Also, please pray for the shooter, the shooter’s family and friends. They are hurting as well.

I pray that through all of this that people will come to know Christ and I ask our nation to reflect on Romans 8:31, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?'”

He also stated, when asked about being called a hero:

I do not want to be labeled a hero. The real heroes are the police, first responders, and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected. My hope is for privacy for all involved.”

On Engle’s Facebook, he posts about his family and his faith, along with his support for the Second Amendment. One photo that he shared shows a mountain in the background and simply reads: “My future is bright, because I have God in my life.”

His account is full of encouraging public posts, including a message encouraging friends to just let the past go because “it has nothing new to say.”

Another encouraging meme that he shared reads, “When we’re down, the Devil whispers his lies into our minds: You can’t do this. No one appreciates you. Why not call it quits? We need to recognize all discouraging thoughts as coming from him — and reject them.”

In a post from September 15, Engle shared a meme that explains his support for the Second Amendment. The points on the meme include: “When law-abiding citizens conceal & carry — criminals are confused. When law-abiding citizens reveal & chamber — criminals flee. When law-abiding citizens practice using their weapon — all people are safer.”


5. About 42 People Were in the Church When the Shooting Started

The shooter had opened fire just as Burnette Chapel was letting out on Sunday morning. He had two guns and it’s possible more people would have been injured if it hadn’t been for Engle’s intervention.

Emergency responders were called to the church at 11:17 a.m., according to Metro Nashville Fire Department dispatch audio. The victims included three women and three men. One woman who was shot in the parking lot, 39-year-old Melanie Smith of Smyrna, died.

The shooter was wearing a neoprene sky type mask, Aaron said. The gunman entered the rear of the church, Aaron said, and opened fire again, shooting “indiscriminately.”

Police said they believed about 42 people were in the church when the shooting began. All of the victims were adults. Police weren’t aware of the motive or any relationship between the shooter and the congregation. The latest reports from police reveal that the shooter had attended the church about one to two years ago.

A witness said the shooter was silent and shot continuously while moving to the front of the church. “I’ve never seen him before,” she told reporters.

Read more about the shooting in Heavy’s story below:

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JOHN MAYOR

Engle later said in a statement that he hoped somehow, through this, people would come to know Christ. He also asked for people to pray for the victims, their families, and for the shooter and the shooter’s family and friends.- Heavy.com’s Stephanie Dube Dwilson, on Robert Caleb Engle
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As 1 Corinthians 13: 1- 3 states: 1) If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have L-O-V-E, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal! 2) If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have L-O-V-E, I am N-O-T-H-I-N-G! 3) And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have L-O-V-E, it profits me N-O-T-H-I-N-G!
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Simply put, you D-O-N-‘-T show L-O-V-E for an enemy (as a Christian) by placing a bullet in him/ her!… and in this case, whether it’s the “shooter” placing the bullet, or it’s the said “hero”!
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In advance of His anticipated sojourn to the Garden of Gethsemene, Jesus sought to convey an important message to His entourage– and, to all others who might bear witness (then, and in the future!)!– about the error of physically resisting/ contending with evil, in an effort to vanquish it! And!… in His preparation!… set in motion the ensuing means, whereby, His message to be told, could be manifest!
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In Luke, Chapter 22, Verse 36, Christ states to His entourage:… “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it!… and likewise, a knapsack! And let the one who has no sword, sell his cloak, and buy one (a sword!)”; V37) “For I tell you, that this Scripture must be fulfilled… in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.'” “For what is written about Me, has its fulfillment”; V38) And they said (those with Christ!): “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And He (Jesus!) said to them: “It is enough”; V39) And when Jesus came out, He went (as was His custom!) to the Mount of Olives; and His disciples followed Him.
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Subsequently, and upon completion of His efforts in the Garden of Gethsemene, Jesus stood ready to confront the evil advancing upon Him and His followers. In Matthew, Chapter 26, Verse 46, Jesus states: “Rise, let us be going. See… My betrayer is at hand”; V47) While He was still speaking, Judas came (one of the original twelve disciples!)… and, with him, a great crowd… with swords, and clubs… from the Chief Priests… to the elders of the people; V48) Now the betrayer had given them (those with Judas!) a sign; and, saying to them (those with Judas!): “The one I will kiss, is the man… seize Him”; V49) And he came up to Jesus, at once, and said: “Greetings, Rabbi!”… and he (Judas!) kissed Him (Jesus!); V50) Jesus said to him: “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they (those with Judas!) came up, and laid hands on Jesus… and seized Him; V51) And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, drew his sword (i.e., Simon… Peter… see, John 18: 10)… , and struck the servant of the High Priest… cutting off his ear; V52) Then Jesus said to the one (Peter) who drew the sword: “PUT YOUR SWORD BACK INTO ITS PLACE. F-O-R ‘A-L-L’ W-H-O U-S-E T-H-E S-W-O-R-D, W-I-L-L P-E-R-I-S-H B-Y T-H-E S-W-O-R-D”; V53) “DO YOU THINK THAT I CAN’T APPEAL TO MY FATHER?… WHO WILL, AT ONCE, SEND ME MORE THAN TWELVE LEGIONS OF ANGELS!”; V54) “BUT HOW, THEN (if God were to do this!… Jesus continued!) SHALL THE SCRIPTURES BE FULFILLED?”… THAT THUS, IT MUST BE SO (i.e., that the prophesied events should happen in the manner, as was prophesied!)?”
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An interesting response to His disciples– to say the least!… and, after having compelled them to buy, and bring the weapons, in the first place! And!… at a time, of the greatest physical threat to the life of Jesus!… that would lead to His very crucifixion! But!– and as it turned out!– to teach them (and all who would eventually receive these actions, and words!), an important lesson:… VENGENCE IS GOD’S PREROGATIVE!– NOT MAN’S!; VENGENCE IS NOT THE RESERVE OF THOSE CLAIMING CHRIST!; AND, IT IS NOT TO BE METED OUT, IN THIS WORLD! And!… Jesus adds an additional reinforcement, in the Book of John…
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In John, Chapter 18, Verse 36, Jesus states: “MY KINGDOM ‘IS NOT’ OF THIS WORLD!… IF IT WERE, MY SERVANTS ‘WOULD HAVE FOUGHT (and I’ll add here… when Judas and his gang met Christ!)’, THAT I MIGHT NOT BE DELIVERED OVER TO THE JEWS!…”
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In other words, THE SERVANTS OF CHRIST WERE NOT TO PHYSICALLY RESIST EVIL!… EITHER TO SAVE CHRIST, OR THEMSELVES!… AND!… MOST IMPORTANTLY!… WERE COMMANDED BY CHRIST, NOT TO DO SO!
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And so, are we (who profess Christ!) to adopt the view… today!… in 2017!… that THIS WORLD (the world that Christ declared was NOT His Kingdom!), IS TO BE MADE HIS KINGDOM!… IS TO BE MADE “OUR” KINGDOM!… THROUGH BLOODSHED? AND!… AS IF!… CHRIST’S SECOND COMING, AND HIS HEAVENLY SPIRITUAL KINGDOM, HAD ARRIVED!
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And further… and in a perverse– SATANIC-BACKED!– attempt to subvert the simple story of the AGAPE LOVE of Jesus Christ for God, and for mankind, the following Bible passage is often cited as some kind of “DEVINE SUPPORT” for the position, that “CHRISTIANS” should “BATTLE EVIL THROUGH THE FLESH”!
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In John, Chapter 15, Verse 13, Christ states: “GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE, THAN THIS: THAT ONE LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE, FOR ONE’S FRIENDS!”
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The questions to be asked here, are these: “Is the ‘laying down’ of one’s life for one’s friends (AS A CHRISTIAN!), the same as TAKING THE LIFE OF ANOTHER, OR THE LIVES OF OTHERS, IN ONE’S DEFENCE OF ONE’S FRIENDS?” “And, if so, how can/ does such a parity remain CONSISTENT, with the totality– A-N-D C-L-E-A-R!– teachings, of Jesus Christ?”
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Simply put, and to conclude, given all of the aforenoted Scriptures (and those unstated!), there can be ONLY ONE INTERPRETATION of/ for John, Chapter 15, Verse 13… and that is: “OUR ‘LAYING DOWN’ OF ONE’S LIFE FOR A FRIEND– I.E., AS A TRUE CHRISTIAN, AND IN THE SPIRIT OF GOD!– MUST BE IN THE MANNER, OF JESUS CHRIST (I.E., ‘W-I-T-H-O-U-T’ T-H-E S-H-E-D-D-I-N-G O-F T-H-E B-L-O-O-D, O-F A-N-Y O-T-H-E-R)!”
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Nevertheless!… if we– as professing Christians!– have acted violently in defence of a friend, we have Christ as our propitiation for our sin!… i.e., upon our repentence of our respective impassioned thoughtless act! Otherwise, we invite God’s wrath!… A-N-D C-E-R-T-A-I-N J-U-D-G-E-M-E-N-T, A-N-D R-E-T-R-I-B-U-T-I-O-N!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

Anonymous

He should’ve shot the nig nog….then he’d be my hero….and I’m sure, John Mayor’s also.

JOHN MAYOR

What I’M S-U-R-E O-F afterupon reading your “comment”, is that you’re a L-I-A-R, and a R-A-C-I-S-T! And “nig nog” is an expression more associated with those of a White Supremacist, than that of someone who is TRULY CONCERNED about SOCIAL INJUCTICE! D-E-A-T-H!… it appears!… is YOUR “hero”!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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