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WHAT WOULD JESUS SHOOT? Churches offering concealed-carry weapons training to attract members
The Daily ^ | 11/25/12 | Justin Rocket Silverman

Posted on 11/25/2012 5:00:45 PM PST by Evil Slayer

MARENGO, Ohio — Salvation isn’t automatic — but it might be semiautomatic.

In an effort to increase membership, a number of U.S. churches — including the Church of Christ congregation in this rural village 30 miles north of Columbus — are offering an unconventional public service: Concealed weapons training.

“Church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys,” said Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church. “And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.”

Hundreds of students have enrolled in the 10-hour course, which meets the state requirements for earning a concealed weapons permit. The training includes two hours on a church member’s private shooting range.

“I grew up going to church, but hadn’t attended in a number of years,” said David Freeman, 52, a local engineering manager who attended a firearm safety class at the church. “Always considered myself a Christian. I came for the gun classes and have been coming back for two years.”

The Marengo church launched its program several years ago and was likely among the first in the country to offer concealed weapons training. But from Texas to North Carolina, a smattering of congregations have recently followed suit, as ministers seek to capitalize on local enthusiasm for gun culture and demand for carry permit classes to expand their flocks.

Central Baptist Church in Lexington, N.C., held its first concealed weapons classes in March, in what the Rev. Ryan Bennett described as just “another avenue to reach people.”

“We want to draw people in to our campus,” Bennett told a local newspaper at the time. “And we’re going to try anything that we can to do that.”

While conceding that he carries a 9mm pistol with him at all times, he said he doesn’t

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1 posted on 11/25/2012 5:00:49 PM PST by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

More blessed to give than to receive.

It won’t be long before another leftist punk like the Aurora Joker gets it in his mind to assault a church.


2 posted on 11/25/2012 5:02:44 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Evil Slayer

Big deal, mosques have been doing the same for centuries.


3 posted on 11/25/2012 5:03:26 PM PST by null and void (The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.)
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To: Eaker; humblegunner

ping


4 posted on 11/25/2012 5:12:15 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Evil Slayer

an Uzi


5 posted on 11/25/2012 5:16:38 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: hecht

Or maybe a Galil.


6 posted on 11/25/2012 5:24:57 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Matthew 26:53 NIV
Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?


7 posted on 11/25/2012 5:28:31 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: EveningStar

This is a good idea.


8 posted on 11/25/2012 5:40:55 PM PST by Eaker ( If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Whatever happened to preaching the Gospel, in season and out?


9 posted on 11/25/2012 5:41:15 PM PST by Gamecock (Bayonets, Benghazi, Balls, Binders, Big Bird, Birth Control, BS.....)
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To: Evil Slayer

More foolishness from the false shepherds.


10 posted on 11/25/2012 5:43:28 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Evil Slayer

He would use a “Judge”. :)


11 posted on 11/25/2012 5:46:24 PM PST by sigzero
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To: count-your-change

yup, it would be beneath the dignity of a haloed true shepherd to bait the gospel hook with anything like this


12 posted on 11/25/2012 5:57:50 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: sigzero

that’s like asking if the Carpenter of Galilee would use a Craftsman hammer


13 posted on 11/25/2012 5:59:37 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Evil Slayer

The bible and self defense:
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=25442

http://www.biblicalselfdefense.com/


14 posted on 11/25/2012 6:08:19 PM PST by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Evil Slayer

Never mind what would Jesus shoot - the real question is WHO would Jesus shoot?


15 posted on 11/25/2012 6:15:14 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Evil Slayer

If we could get Catholics to embrace this kind of thing, then we could start winning over Hispanics.

Catholics need to become connected to red blooded conservatism somehow.


16 posted on 11/25/2012 6:33:30 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: GladesGuru

Guns were not invented yet, he would shoot no one, didn’t have a gun...


17 posted on 11/25/2012 6:44:05 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Evil Slayer

He [Jesus] said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” — Luke 22:36

My Lord and Savior was in favor of self-defense.


18 posted on 11/25/2012 7:11:37 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Evil Slayer
That's easy. A Barrett M82 or M107. NOTHING reaches out and touches you quite like one. And there's even a picture. . .


19 posted on 11/25/2012 7:25:05 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: NFHale; Evil Slayer

Your church ping!


20 posted on 11/25/2012 7:28:29 PM PST by sickoflibs (Dems go for actually winning where-as Rs make believe they are winning when they are losing.)
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