Some Churches In Kentucky and New York Are Giving Away Guns to Get People to Come to Church

Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., is giving away a modified AR-15, joining other churches using firearms giveaways to draw people in to hear religious and 2nd Amendment messages. (Mike McMahon / Troy Record / March 7, 2014)
Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., is giving away a modified AR-15, joining other churches using firearms giveaways to draw people in to hear religious and 2nd Amendment messages. (Mike McMahon / Troy Record / March 7, 2014)

What would Jesus shoot?

Some churches in Kentucky and in upstate New York are doing what it takes to get people into the pews to hear the word of God — and in their neck of the woods, that means giving away guns.

The flier for the raffle at Grace Baptist Church, in Troy, N.Y., shows an AR-15 — an assault rifle altered to make it legal in that state — with a quote from the gospel of St. John, “My peace I give unto you.” It isn’t spelled “piece,” but it could have been.

The church’s pastor, John Koletas, told the Albany Times Union, “I’m just trying to be a blessing and a help to the gun owners and the hunters and give away a free AR-15. It’s the right thing to do.”

In Kentucky, where gun giveaways happen in some churches just about every week, a free raffle of 25 guns by Paducah’s Lone Oak First Baptist Church got about 1,300 people into the church hall for a steak dinner and a pep talk by a gun fancier named Chuck McAlister who’s been hired by Kentucky’s Southern Baptists to help boost congregations by evangelizing — in this case, about guns and sin and Jesus.

A good number of those 1,300 may not wind up in the pews on Sunday morning; a lot of them go to other churches. And there was no Sermon on the Mount, with its remark about the blessed peacemakers, to generate big applause; it was McAlister displaying his grandfather’s gun and saying, “There’s no government on the face of this Earth that has the right to take this gun from me.”

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SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Patt Morrison

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