According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the motive behind Terry Ratzmann murdering seven people, including himself, was a sermon delivered on Feb. 26.
The paper reports that the police are studying the sermon given that day, when Ratzmann walked out early without giving the closing prayer, as he was scheduled to do that day and had done before on numerous occasions.
He joined the church four or five years ago and attended regularly. On the Saturday (the day the Living Church of God worships) before the shooting, Ratzmann did not come. The day of the shooting, he came early with a Bible in a briefcase and spoke to fellow parishioners. He then left, went home and came back with a Beretta 9mm handgun with several clips.
It seems he specifically targeted the pastor and his family, which lends credence to the sermon being part of the motive.
According to those who knew him, Ratzmann had struggled with unemployment in recent years. He lost a job that he loved three years ago and he was due to lose his current job at the end of March.
What does all of this have to do with a sermon that the church's national director said was about "basic Christian living?" The taped sermon focused on how bad fortune befalls those who make ungodly choices, according to a church member and friend of Ratzmann.
This does not give one reason to murder innocent people, but as seeker said, cults tend to push people and sometimes they break (Jim Jones, Ruby Ridge, Waco, etc.) All the more reason to tell others about the freedom and grace that comes from a relationship with Christ.
Hat Tip: World Mag Blog