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    Go to first new post Does the Bible tell churchgoers to disarm?

    no, but anti- gun politically correct Ministers do.

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    Not unless someone's going to say that Colonial America wasn't closely reading their Bibles.

    A 1619 statute of Virginia required everyone to attend church on the Sabbath, “and all such as bear arms shall bring their pieces, swords, powder and shot.” Those failing to bring their guns were subject to a three shilling fine.
    -August 2, 1619, “Proceedings of the Virginia Assembly, 1619,” in Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Narratives
    of Early Virginia, 1606-1625 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1907; reprinted New York: Barnes & Noble, 1959), 273. Spelling, punctuation, and capitalization have been modernized.

    Colonial Maryland had similar concerns. A 1642 law required that any man who was “able to bear arms” “to go to church or chapel or any considerable distance from home” had to carry a loaded gun.
    - William Hand Browne, ed., Archives of Maryland (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1885), 1:103.

    Massachusetts Bay Colony also required most men to bring their guns to church. Because of the danger of Indian attack, and because much of the population was neglecting to carry guns, a 1637 law ordered every male above eighteen years of age (except magistrates and elders of the churches) to “come to the public assemblies with their muskets, or other pieces fit for service, furnished with match, powder, & bullets, upon pain of 12d. for every default….”
    - Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New
    England (Boston: William White, 1853), 1:190.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoobee View Post
    When you go to church I think you should leave your gun in your car, locked in the trunk.

    You will probably never need it.

    And if you ever do, you will want to exit the church fast anyway, gun or no gun.

    The Sikhs have a new problem -- all the nutjobs are confusing them with Arabs.

    So the Sikhs need armed security, at least one guard, discretely armed, near the altar, to watch over the priests.
    Then the only time you might get to use it is if the terrorists violently force you into your trunk!!!!


    You can leave yours in your trunk, mine will be on my person!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoobee View Post
    When you go to church I think you should leave your gun in your car, locked in the trunk.

    You will probably never need it.

    And if you ever do, you will want to exit the church fast anyway, gun or no gun.

    The Sikhs have a new problem -- all the nutjobs are confusing them with Arabs.

    So the Sikhs need armed security, at least one guard, discretely armed, near the altar, to watch over the priests.
    I hope you are joking or at least being sarcastic. I haven't read the article above, but you might want to take a look at this...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Co...Life_shootings

    The only reason the guy was stopped was because of a person carrying while at the church.

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    Georgia’s 1770 law requiring all males between the ages of 16 and 60 to bear a gun or two pistols while attending church, under the penalty of a fine for failing to be armed.
    - Don B. Kates, Jr., “Handgun Prohibition and the Original Meaning of the Second Amendment,” 82 Michigan Law Review (1983), pp. 216-217.

    I'd say there was plenty of precedent for Mandating carrying of arms to worship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoobee View Post
    When you go to church I think you should leave your gun in your car, locked in the trunk.

    You will probably never need it.

    And if you ever do, you will want to exit the church fast anyway, gun or no gun.

    The Sikhs have a new problem -- all the nutjobs are confusing them with Arabs.

    So the Sikhs need armed security, at least one guard, discretely armed, near the altar, to watch over the priests.
    I do hope you are being sarcastic? I carry in church, Open Carry. Guess what...? no-body says a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hermannr View Post
    I do hope you are being sarcastic? I carry in church, Open Carry. Guess what...? no-body says a thing.
    I carry in church also, dont OC, but have gone in on a Sat.to drop something off OCing, no one said a thing. Why not carry in church? From the past ive heard of churches being targets for some nut job. Again, why not?

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    It can be very difficult for people of faith to accept the idea that violence and evil must be met with violence. Unfortunately, the results of failing to do so can be horrible. Get your minds right, make a plan and take care of your family and friends.
    -I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you screw with me, I'll kill you all.
    -Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoobee View Post
    When you go to church I think you should leave your gun in your car, locked in the trunk.

    You will probably never need it.
    I carry EVERYWHERE, I refuse to get caught up in someone else's BS.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shoobee View Post
    And if you ever do, you will want to exit the church fast anyway, gun or no gun.
    If your one of those people that carry and NOT use your gun to defend or protect, why are you carrying?

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    Told my preacher.....if my gun is not welcome then my 15% per year is apparently not welcome.....guess what, my gun is welcomed after all.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Told my preacher.....if my gun is not welcome then my 15% per year is apparently not welcome.....guess what, my gun is welcomed after all.
    The 15% is on top of the Jackson I toss in the dish every Sunday.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Told my preacher.....if my gun is not welcome then my 15% per year is apparently not welcome.....guess what, my gun is welcomed after all.
    I think you just made an excellent argument for NOT attending that church. That is unless you are going to admit that churches only care about money and not about anything else.

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    This probably more properly belongs in the "Why I quote Bible Scripture re. firearm ownership and self defence" thread, but that has devolved into whether the Bible is to be believed or not. It almost fits here just as well. (Maybe I'll put it there as well).

    Yes, I believe Christians should carry a firearm if they wish, even in church. I think we have a Biblical responsibility to at least protect our loved ones and those around us. God seems to uses human agency. That is, God provides our food, yes, but we don't sit at home and watch Oprah, waiting for manna from heaven to drop in front of our big, flat-screen TV (and I don't even have a big, flat-screen TV). God expects me to work for which I get a paycheck whereby I can pay the store who bought the bread from a baker who bought grain from a farmer who used a tractor to till and harvest the field which God caused to grow through sun and rain and the marvels of life. God could directly give us the food, but he doesn't. He could even nourish us directly into the blood stream, but He delights to use us as tools to accomplish His will of providing for us.

    We could all refuse the care of physicians and the wonders of modern medicine, saying God will keep us well, but it doesn't work that way. We live in a fallen world. We avail ourselves of doctors and medicine when needed.

    It seems that the same is true of self-defense as well, as backed up by scripture as I understand it. Here are some comments I wrote after an article appeared in a Christian site about carrying firearms. They are a collection of some of what I wrote, so they may seem a bit disjoint standing on their own here, but I trust you'll follow along easily. My remarks about violence are in response to someone who asserted Christians are never to use violence. I also left out my comments/questions to another about Christians being in the military or law enforcement (i.e., should Christians carry a firearm and kill people simply because their boss tells them it's okay? It's their job to defend themselves with deadly force if necessary, but it's not our job to defend ourselves with deadly force if necessary? Or should Christians not be a part of government?)

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    There is nothing in the Bible that teaches pacifism in the face of evil for all believers. I would address one assertion made that all missionaries or those working abroad (or at home) do not defend themselves. That is simply not the case. You should read about the St. James Church Massacre in Africa. The missionary and pastor Charl Van Wyk pulled his own gun and fired back at the attackers, saving untold lives. The assertion that people "working for God" always go about unarmed or unprotected by escorts who are armed is simply not the case.

    Even here in the US many churches, particularly large ones, have armed security. And on occasion they have had to use it. To say their considered Biblical positions are wrong and that they are simply not trusting God would, I think, be inaccurate.

    "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." 1 Tim 5:8

    Obviously you cannot only provide your family with housing and food, but with spiritual guidance, love, and protection as well. We are not to allow wicked to flourish.

    "Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked." Prov 25:26

    The Bible clearly distinguishes the difference between the duties of the government and the duties of the individual. Governments have the responsibility of the administration of justice. The individual has the responsibility of self-defense, of protecting their lives and the lives of their loved ones from attackers. Both the Old and New Testaments teach individual self-defense.

    If a thief breaks in and is killed by the homeowner, he is not guilty of murder. Ex 22:2-3

    Remember, Jesus *is* The Word, and The Word is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Heb 13:8 I am the Lord, I do not change. Mal 3:6 All scripture (including the OT) is profitable for doctrine... 2 Tim 3:16

    We've already talked about Luke 22:36 and Matt 26:52-54. While Christ told Peter to put away his sword, he clearly did not tell him to get rid of it forever. That would have contradicted what he had told the disciples only hours before. His sword was to protect his own life from danger. It was not needed to protect Jesus, the Creator of the Universe.

    Jesus summarized all the laws of the Bible into two: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. He then gave the illustration of the Good Samaritan, who took care of a victim. If you had the opportunity to save the life of an innocent victim by shooting an attacker, should you instead turn the other cheek? The Bible speaks of no right to allow innocents to be murdered, but it does speak of responsibilities in the face of an attack as providers and neighbors.

    God clearly showed us in the OT the relationship between righteousness and self-defense. When the people left God in the time of the judges, and later when they rebelled and demanded a king, it resulted in disarmament and oppression.

    There may be some times when it is appropriate not to be armed, such as suffering for the gospel. If you are evangelizing, perhaps you would choose not to be strapped. But then again, I think those would be times when you alone are in danger.

    To those who say fighting back—self-defense—is not what God would have us do, do you also stop to help others out on the side of the road when they are in trouble? Give a ride to those whose cars have broken down? Clearly the parable of the Good Samaritan teaches that we should help others in distress. If you say, "no, because that is dangerous," refer back to your previous arguments about what to do in dangerous situations.

    Let me talk a little about Exodus 22:2-3. The principle I was trying to get across is that God allows and justifies the use of force (violence), even to death. He never states that you should even allow a thief to steal, much less murder your children in front of you. Now in this example of a thief, at night if you are using force (violence) to repel him and he dies, you are given "the benefit of the doubt." An accident. But in the daylight, not only could you respond with force (violence) better, even if you let him go altogether you can identify him later and justice can presumably be meted out. But in any case stealing, alone, is not justification for intentionally killing someone. But the use of force (violence) to repel evil clearly is, even to the point of death sometimes. That's the point of Exodus 22:2-3.

    The general principle of using force (violence) to repel force (violence) is allowed, and I would argue your responsibility. You must be under the assumption that I and others carry firearms just hoping someone offends us so we can kill them. That is not the case. I hope I never have to draw mine. And I would never shoot someone who is stealing my iPod. But I would shoot to stop someone who was trying to kill my daughter, or someone I didn't even know in my presence (7-11, parking lot, whatever). The point is to stop evil, not go around killing people. A gun isn't the answer for someone stealing from you (in America now). It might be appropriate for someone trying to kill you or those around you.

    … in the meantime, that does not mean we are to abandon our families and friends and leave them to the wolves of society, As long as we are alive we have responsibilities. One is to spread the gospel. I believe another is to protect our loved ones and people around us. I believe this is Biblical. I do not believe Jesus would have us sit idly by and watch as our daughters are raped and murdered.

    I do not believe Jesus taught pacifism throughout the OT or NT. Jesus always taught opposition to the wicked, whether he was with us in word or flesh.
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    John 15:12-13
    12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
    13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    Out of love for each other we help each other even if it means laying down our life for them.

    Why carry at church? I love my family more than my own life. I hate evil. Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45acpForMe View Post
    John 15:12-13
    12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
    13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    Out of love for each other we help each other even if it means laying down our life for them.

    Why carry at church? I love my family more than my own life. I hate evil. Nuff said.
    Bravo!! you too Griffin. I always thought about that but never could put it into words,quite simple really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack House View Post
    I think you just made an excellent argument for NOT attending that church. That is unless you are going to admit that churches only care about money and not about anything else.
    Back-handed swipe at churches? At religion? At the believers?
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    An observation more like. You gave the impression that your preacher didn't want you carrying in their church, that is until you threatened to take your money elsewhere. At this point, you stated that your preacher recanted. This basically means that your preacher sold out his flock for pittance.

    His concerns may have been misplaced, but his reason for changing the policy, at least for you, completely nullifies that. Since he'd still have the concerns, but saw green and stopped caring.

    Is that really the kind of church you want to attend?

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    Does the Bible tell churchgoers to disarm?

    Quote Originally Posted by 45acpForMe View Post
    John 15:12-13
    12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
    13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    Out of love for each other we help each other even if it means laying down our life for them.

    Why carry at church? I love my family more than my own life. I hate evil. Nuff said.
    Well said.

    I CC at church and found out recently that at least 3 others are also CCing. I don't know why they CC but I CC because I know a few people who are uncomfortable about guns so out of respect I CC. Plus sometimes the costume of the day is more accommodating for CC on Sunday's.

    I also wouldn't attend a church if my pastor said we could OC as long as we kept tithing, but that's a topic for another thread I believe.
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    God clearly teaches thats its up to every individual to protect themselves, their family and their property, and to arm themselves to be able to do so. If I lived in the States where it was legal to OC or CC, I would never be without my firearm, day or night.

    As many know here the general population of Australia has been dissarmed and criminals are having a field day.
    When a criminal invades your home and has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.

    My Definition of Gun Control: The idea that dozens of people found dead in the Broadway Café, Tasmania, and many also seriously wounded, all while waiting for police, who were called to show up and protect them, is somehow morally superior to having several armed and therefore alive civilian's explaining to police how the attacker got that fatal bullet wound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoobee View Post
    When you go to church I think you should leave your gun in your car, locked in the trunk.

    You will probably never need it.

    And if you ever do, you will want to exit the church fast anyway, gun or no gun.

    The Sikhs have a new problem -- all the nutjobs are confusing them with Arabs.

    So the Sikhs need armed security, at least one guard, discretely armed, near the altar, to watch over the priests.
    If I were setting in church and bullets started flying through the air I would be going toward the gun fire, not away from it. I couldn't live with myself knowing I could have killed someone who was trying to kill men, women, and children and I did nothing to try and stop them. At the very least in such a situation, you could draw fire until everyone was able to escape. My gun will stay on my side, just as it does 24/7, and if I am ever in that situation I will be able to help my brothers and sisters, not abandon them.
    "I never in my life seen a Kentuckian without a gun..."-Andrew Jackson

    "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."-Patrick Henry; speaking of protecting the rights of an armed citizenry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45acpForMe View Post
    No, the Bible says the exact opposite. There are many passages in the Bible that discuss this very situation. God gave us free will and knew long before we were here that we would need the means to protect ourselves because there would be good and evil. All one needs to do is read their Bible and they would know the answer to such a question. This country was founded by men who believed in the Bible more than anything else, even though some had different views than others on how one should interpret it.
    "I never in my life seen a Kentuckian without a gun..."-Andrew Jackson

    "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."-Patrick Henry; speaking of protecting the rights of an armed citizenry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45acpForMe View Post
    What Would John (Wayne) Do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by scott58dh View Post
    What Would John (Wayne) Do?

    Here's a link to a similar discussion on OC.o & check out my reply (#6) on this issue.

    ;http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...uffle-feathers!

    Security guard who stopped shooter credits God
    December 10, 2007, source;CNN

    Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at New Life Church, speaks to reporters on Monday.

    "It seemed like it was me, the gunman, and God," said Jeanne Assam, describing her feelings as she confronted a man who charged into her Colorado Springs church Sunday firing a weapon.

    Assam, a church security guard with law enforcement experience, fired her own weapon at the invader and stopped his attack, police say.


    ; http://articles.cnn.com/2007-12-10/u...sings?_s=PM:US
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack House View Post
    An observation more like. You gave the impression that your preacher didn't want you carrying in their church, that is until you threatened to take your money elsewhere. At this point, you stated that your preacher recanted. This basically means that your preacher sold out his flock for pittance.

    His concerns may have been misplaced, but his reason for changing the policy, at least for you, completely nullifies that. Since he'd still have the concerns, but saw green and stopped caring.

    Is that really the kind of church you want to attend?
    "Sold out his flock for pittance?" You sure do like the cliches. Another back-handed swipe at churches? At religion? At the believers?

    Not all churches are the same. The firearms policy at my church is not a faith and religion discussion but a liberty discussion.

    I will not speak to any other churches but my church is run by a committee of church members (Session) elected by the congregation and not the preacher. He preaches and we members run the church. He is a lib and he don't like guns, no big deal. He has no authority to deny anyone from carrying on church property. I told him explicitly that no guns = no money as a reminder to him as to who runs that church. Told him to keep his nose out of the business of the church where firearms are concerned and stick to preaching and doing preacher his work. Our preacher serves at the pleasure of the congregation. Preachers I suppose likely do have some obligation to be above the money thing but the Session is not the preacher are not so encumbered.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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