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TN Church Members Carry Handguns to Worship Services

March 18th, 2009

photo of a black handgun on top of an open bible

Of course in Tennessee there’s a news story about Christians going armed to church with handguns to “protect God’s people”.

Duane McGray takes his Bible to church on Sunday mornings.

He also takes his gun.

McGray, a former chief of public safety at Nashville International Airport, is a volunteer in the security ministry at First Baptist Church Hendersonville. He carries a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun to worship services to keep members and visitors safe.

“I have no problem in carrying a firearm in church,” he said. “I just know that it is necessary to protect God’s people.”

Safety has been on the minds of many local congregations recently, after a Southern Baptist pastor was gunned down in an Illinois pulpit during church services on March 8. Some local churches already rely on armed volunteers and off-duty police officers, while others say recent church shootings have made them realize they should be prepared, in case the unthinkable happens.

- Read the full article Guns come to God’s house from Tennessean.com

Only in a bible belt state like TN do Christians arm themselves to go to church.  It is very hypocritical of a Christian to say there god is all powerful and protects them because they are believers but fill it is necessary to bring a firearm for protection while worshiping this god at church.   One would think a christian that truly believed in the dogma would not feel it necessary to pack heat to church.

image of jesus showing a child a handgunNow don’t get me wrong, I love the right to bear arms.  I have several weapons myself and would definitely go to a church service armed for protection from christians.  Not sure if its just a southern thing but we southerners especially love our firearms.

The overall article is a good example of how christians feel they are in danger from nonbeliever because they are persecuted for their beliefs.  However from the stories on church shooting I read its usually christians and former members of the church that are doing the shooting.  Its amusing how they don’t go into details on the security to keep it hush hush from all those that are out to get them.

I especially enjoyed the quote from the sheriff at the end of the article, “The more time goes by, the more people will die”.  What a keen observation.

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  1. rabid atheist
    April 1st, 2009 at 16:55 | #1

    Those are some crazy sounding xtians. You think they would feel their god protects them.

  2. May 19th, 2009 at 22:04 | #2

    I gotta agree with you for the most part, nicely put.

  3. mindlab
    July 10th, 2009 at 08:08 | #3

    You’re missing the point, and misrepresenting the Christian position.

    First, I’m from NH, and we carry in church there. I had never heard of anyone being unhappy about that until I arrived in the South.

    Second, a belief in God’s sovereignty does not excuse one from being responsible and taking precautions; no Christian with a clear understanding of sovereignty would excuse irresponsible behavior (ie. not carrying) by referencing God’s sovereignty.

    Finally, I’ve never met a Christian who felt persecuted here in the US. I carry at church for the same reason I carry at Wal-Mart: for self defense. I’m not worried about religious persecution, I’m simply aware that there are a few sociopaths out there who would like to take as many people with them as possible. I’d rather not be killed if I can help it, be it while shopping or worshiping.

  4. Inspgad
    August 10th, 2009 at 00:09 | #4

    God helps those that help them selves nothing in the Bible says he will stop a bullet in any church Christ even told his diciples to sell a garment and but a sword always interesting hoe people twist the Bible

  5. Anonymous
    June 22nd, 2010 at 08:22 | #5

    God is merciful and a father full of luv. If u misunderstood his word and didn’t capture his unconditional luv He has for u why take under ur own concept the acceptance of how Satan is manifesting That God is nothing but a fake. THE DEVIL IS A LIE!!!!!! The Devil has been manipulating you all this time making u feel ur worthy and correct in all ur aspects!! Our Lord Almighty from the heavens is giving you this calling right now ,,, YES to u to let you know that he has install for you Unconditional Love and real trust. Not the Fake love Satan brings that when u fall he will kick u in ur ribs so hard ur not even going to have time to speak. And ask why. Our father himself will always behold his arms open awaiting for u whenever time is possible and he will never get tired of awaiting for you!! His love is real Yesterday, Today and Forever and Ever till Eternity. May God Bless u because in the Lords eyes ur special because he created you with all his love and with a purpose that he is waiting for u to pieve to ur abilities. Amen God is always with you.

  6. Fox
    July 31st, 2010 at 07:58 | #6

    Remember that Jesus told his followers to take up their swords. A sword would have been the very real equivalent of a gun in today’s terms. There’s simply no way to avoid seeing the functionality as anything but roughly equal.

    Jesus was not opposed to the sword being carried and used, but was well aware of what effect it had and that, as Jesus stated, he who lives by the sword will die by the sword. It’s natural that if you arm and defend yourself, be prepared for others to “raise the stakes” and meet you with force, whether rightfully or wrongfully.

    If you are opposed to the owning of firearms by civilians, you will misinterpret and judge those who carry. If you honor the Constitution of the United States and defend the right to bear arms, you will not unfairly judge those who carry. As long as it remains a part of the Constitution, it is truly and unquestionably wrong to be opposed to the lawful carry of firearms.

  7. Natalia Jason
    November 20th, 2012 at 23:46 | #7

    this is disgusting. I know you ar an aesthetic but tht doesnt mean to hurt the sentiments of others. Jesus never tells this kind of things. You are liketht thts y u think evryrbody else is the same.

  8. Mr. Firearm
    March 20th, 2013 at 11:40 | #8

    Pardon me sir, But I AM NOT and Atheist. But I just wanted to say: First of all, carrying a gun in church is NOT distrust in God, but rather if God wants me to defend myself I better use the best tool possible.

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  10. Anonymous
    February 5th, 2016 at 07:45 | #10

    god only helps those who help themselves. Dont rely on anyone to protect you. Take responsibility for your own life @rabid atheist

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