Connecticut pastor says churches are being filled

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Last week's shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, shocked the nation. One area pastor believes it's time for the Body of Christ to get into action.

Will Marotti, pastor of New Life Church in Wallingford, Connecticut, tells OneNewsNow it is time for all Christians to take their faith a little more seriously and understand that "what we see in something like this is the face of evil."

"We need to not just give lip service to the fact that we believe there's good and evil," he says. "We need to not just give lip service to heaven and hell, but believe that we are in a spiritual battle in this country and that our responsibility as Christians -- the greatest responsibility -- is to share our faith in Jesus and to point as many people as we can in his direction."

Marotti adds that many churches around the country, and especially near Newtown, were packed Sunday -- and he adds it was not just because of the time of year.

"I mean it's Christmas-time, so we had an abnormally high attendance anyway," he says. "But it was even higher than we would expect, because in times of crisis, in times of illness, people run to God, which is a great response."

But the problem, he laments, is that as time passes, people begin to feel more secure and there are empty pews again. Marotti stresses it is the responsibility of each Christian to disciple others, let them know they care and encourage them to stay in church.

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