Wichita Falls Police Sergeant Charlie Eipper told Examiner today, Tuesday, October 27 that his book entitled “Jesus Christ on Killing” was written to correct some misconceptions people have about when it is all right to take another life, according to the Bible and the Master. He said during today’s interview that he first saw the issue raised in his own life while he was still a student at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. When a group of friends discovered he was going to join the military after college they approached him. He was informed that he “couldn’t do that and be a Christian.”
He said that opinion presented by the group of students at first conflicted and confused him. Was it really against God’s teachings that a person join the military and possibly kill an enemy during combat? He never served in a war so he didn’t have to make that decision while he served as a helicopter pilot. After finishing his stint in the military, Eipper said he landed at Grace Church in Wichita Falls, Texas while also entering the police academy for the Wichita Falls Police Department.
By the time he was involved in his first situation where a shooting was involved he was well-grounded on what the Bible and Jesus taught about killing another human being. It was January 10, 1999 when a “barricaded suicidal subject” threatened to kill his mother,” according to Eipper in his account to Examiner. He said he remembers it was a Sunday night because he responded as part of a SWAT team to the call after conducting a Bible study. He was the observer for the sniper on the mission. That meant he was to protect the sniper and observe for him. He was also to take the shot if the sniper couldn’t see the subject from his angle. The SWAT team was successful in rescuing the mother from the house. The first time the suspect came out he fired a gun into the ground before retreating into the house.
Eipper said his team didn’t fire at the suspect at the time because he hadn’t shot at anyone. When the suspect appeared a second time he fired a second shot across the street. Because he didn’t shoot at anyone the SWAT team again did not fire at him. But the third time he came out, the suspect point his gun directly at members of the SWAT team placing them in danger of imminent serious bodily injury or death. In order to protect his men, Eipper knew he had no choice but to fire. He fired and shot the suspect in the cheek killing him. Since Texas law allows a person to kill someone to protect another’s life, Eipper’s action was clearly legally justified. The grand jury no-billed Eipper, meaning they found he acted properly under the Texas Penal Code.
But what does the Bible say? Eipper said his study of the Bible had led him to Romans, chapter 12 beginning at verse 14 and ending at Romans, chapter 13: 1-6. Eipper explained that in those Scriptures the apostle Paul is telling Christians not to do evil for revenge. Instead God has ordained the government to extract justice. The goverment is of course the Wichita Falls Police Department.
He described the shooting incident in the first two chapters of his book. He further said Pastor Tom Rodgers taught him how to study Scripture. Eipper’s study has taken him so far that he has learned how to read some Greek to help him with his study of the Bible. His theological studies have helped him greatly during his 16 years on the SWAT team at WFPD and eight years on the Gang Task Force. He has served the people of Wichita Falls 22 years as a police officer with WFPD.
“I’m a patrol officer,” he explained to Examiner today. “I like being on patrol because I feel I’m closer to doing actual police work there.” He further said he didn’t enjoy administrative work which he would be involved in if he was in a different postion.
People who are interesting in contacting Sgt. Eipper about his book should look at his website at firstname.lastname@example.org. People who want Eipper to do a book signing or a talk may also contact him there. He recently returned from an appearance at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Florida on Law Enforcement Day. He said he enjoys speaking at churches and other organizations and also doing book signings.
Eipper further said today he wrote his book at the Hardback Cafe at Hasting’s Bookstore in Wichita Falls. He purchased a personal laptop computer in November of 2010 and wrote until it was published in March of 2014. The book was published by Xulon Press. He said his motive in writing the book was to help believers in Christ as well as nonbelievers. He wants people to understand what the Master (Jesus Christ) really believes about killing and when it is appropriate.
He said one of the “Rambo” movies was what inspired him to start his book. In that particular “Rambo” movie he said there was a clip where some missionaries request Rambo to take them to Burma. They were going to be killed by the enemy if Rambo didn’t do something. So Rambo killed those who were about to kill the missionaries. According to the movie, the chief missionary then berates Rambo for saving their lives. The movie missionary criticized Rambo saying “it is never right to take a life.”
Eipper said today he became concerned that young Christians might actually believe the movie. He was aware that the Bible taught something completely different than what the movie depicted. So he began his work on the book. He said the book has brought a positive response from several in law enforcement.
He said an email from Chris Allen made a big impression on him. Eipper said Allen had been in law enforcement for 15 years in Pennsylvania when he killed an armed burglar. He discovered Eipper’s book by googling “lethal force”. He said Allen had cried and asked Jesus about what he’d done before he discovered Eipper’s book online. Eipper said today he felt all the “work, blood, sweat and tears he went through to write the book” was well worth it based on that email plus the many responses he’s had from others around the globe.