Bring Your Gun to Church


From MMI:

A Kentucky pastor is inviting his flock to bring guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment. New Bethel Church is welcoming “responsible handgun owners” to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety.

“We’re just going to celebrate the upcoming theme of the birth of our nation,” said pastor Ken Pagano. “And we’re not ashamed to say that there was a strong belief in God and firearms – without that this country wouldn’t be here.”

A concealed carry permit is required for any guns you are transporting, as is the law in Kentucky and in many other states. An out of state permit like this one ( is often recognized in Kentucky so if you are coming in from out of state for this unusual event you may be able to participate.

In addition, any gun brought to the church has to follow strict rules and inspections. The guns must be unloaded and private security will check visitors at the door to make sure no loaded or illegal guns are present. According to Pagano… So if you’re an avid gun owner that may regularly look at something such as this Boberg XR9s – Reviews and Information page and alternatives on other firearms, and also a Christian make sure to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment inside Bethel church. Additionally, when you carry a weapon in public, there is a risk of your gun getting lost or stolen. In such cases, you might want to know how to store and ammunition, so that you can keep them safe whenever you are traveling to public places.

If you want to take part but don’t have a gun, you can always look at some reviewed ones online. To be extra safe during this event, take something like an airsoft sniper instead that you know will not cause serious harm to you or any others.

Read more here.

I’ve got to wonder a few things. The most obvious is, “Is this really a good idea?” But secondly, if you think this is a good idea, what do you name the sermon for this week? Maybe something like:

“The Gospel Will Blow You Away”

“Galatians: Shooting From the Hip”

“Gangsta Jesus”

Your thoughts?

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  • jonathan says:

    Well I’m glad that we aren’t doing anything to make us look like insane radical jihadists.

    My contribution to the sermon titles:
    “Trigger happy with the joy of the Lord”
    “Locked & loaded with the gospel”

  • Sarah Mac says:

    Poor taste, MK. Poor taste.

  • kinsley says:

    I saw this over at Church Marketing Sucks and thought that the name of that site has never been more applicable.

  • Michael K. says:

    Agreed. Why can’t he just put a fish with a grenade on the back of his truck?

  • TheDeeZone says:

    That is absurd.

  • Jason H. says:

    My favorite part of this centers around the fact there will be “information about gun safety”. Ironic. I think so.

  • along with the free information don’t forget to pick up your free magazine on the way out… ammo available in the church office just past the VBS materials.

  • Taylor says:

    “Full Metal Jesus”
    “Your Life Is a Hollow-Point with out Jesus”
    “Fruit to Kill”
    “Life Without the Saftey On”
    “Got da Devil In My Crosshairs”
    “Shoot First = You’ve Already Been Forgiven”
    “14 In The Clip and Jesus in the Chamber”

    That’s all I got.

  • Michael K. says:

    Very, very good T-money. Spoken like a true gun and Jesus guy.

  • Amy Wright says:

    Ha! This is funny because I just told Jay about my dream last night. It had something to do with not having any guns but needing them. When we found the guns, we were hiding them from some people in our church. Maybe I saw the title to this post before I went to bed? Hmm….

  • Rob Tims says:

    I know people are concealed carriers at my old (nameless) church, and I know we have at least three concealed carriers at LMBC on any given Sunday. I couldnt’ be happier about it.

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