'Charismatic' Christian Was Plotting a Mass Murder at His Own Church

Nicholas Amrine was allegedly planning a Columbine-style assault on his church in Texas.
Nicholas Amrine was allegedly planning a Columbine-style assault on his church in Texas. (Facebook/Nicholas Paul Amrine)

His Facebook page lists Scripture after Scripture, encouraging words and videos proclaiming God is love woven among creepy threats and a hit list of potential targets.

Buried on Nicholas Amrine's profile is a disturbing string of posts that led to his arrest last month, including a post that calls the Columbine killers his "heroes."

"All the kids that forgot about me are going to get what they deserve. I may have been hesitant in the past but next time u see me I will not hesitate about anything. It will be over in a flash, it will be over in a bang, u will see my face, and then nothing else ever again," Amrine wrote on June 3. "U may not even remember my name but u will remember my face. Then u will try to apologize but there will not be any time for u to talk." 

The post continues: "I am not just mad. I am on fire and this fire is going to end it all."

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The day before, he proclaimed, "The reality is Christ in me! The eternal ekstasis of Holy Spirit is all u want and need!!!" 

But before that, posts include curses and a hit list of targets.

Reports say Amrine was a member of Convergence Church until he was asked to stop attending for his "recent erratic behavior."  

According to the arrest warrant, a witness told police that Amrine shared he was going to carry out a mass shooting on July 22, almost a month after Dylann Roof attacked Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and killed nine.  

The same pattern, alternating between pursuing the Holy Spirit and sharing the gospel with threats of suicide, is apparent on his YouTube channel.

Amrine apologized for the threats on July 2: "I apologize to everyone for what I said back on June 3rd.

"That is not who I am and I would never do such a thing. The things I posted on Facebook were wrong and I should have never done that.

"I love people and I would never hurt myself. I would never hurt other people or animals.

"Please forgive me for being so cruel.

"Sincerely, Nicholas Paul Amrine."

Amrine has since been released on a $10,000 bond and is being charged with making terrorist threats.

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