Yesterday (Friday, 23rd November), at 5.25pm, a strip club in Springfield, Massachusetts was levelled to the ground in a natural gas explosion. Eighteen people were injured, that is, 9 firefighters, 2 Police officers, 4 gas workers, a water-and-sewer worker and two other people. Here we see the goodness and severity of God, goodness in that no lives were lost, and severity, in that the building was obliterated.
For two years prior to this incident, a Pastor in Springfield has been leading his people in imprecatory prayers for their city and nation. These are prayers beseeching God to rise up against institutions and people who defy Him and His laws. However, such prayers also include requests for mercy for those involved in evildoing so they will not perish but will come to repentance.
The strip club was called “Scores Gentlemen’s Club.” Now there’s a misnomer if ever there was one!
Was the explosion a coincidence or an act of God in response to prevailing prayer? We believe it was clearly the latter.