Kentucky Church Ridiculously Giving Away Guns to Lure People to Church

kentucky-baptist-gunsI think it’s kind of funny when people who claim to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ have some kind of sick obsession with guns.  As if a man who preached love, acceptance, forgiveness and hope would support AR-15’s and other semi-automatic weapons.

And while you see plenty of “Christian conservatives” who are avid gun lovers, it’s not every day you see a church try to lure people to the pulpit with guns.

But that’s exactly what a Kentucky church is trying to do.  The Kentucky Baptist Convention has a theory that if they raffle off guns at their church, they’ll bring in large groups of people who otherwise wouldn’t visit their church in the hopes that they can use that time to “bring them to Christ.”

Chuck McAlister, the spokesman for the event, said, “The number of unchurched men who will show up will be in direct proportion to the number of guns you give away.  And I can almost tell you the number of men who would show up based on the make or model.  There is a huge interest among unchurched men in the state of Kentucky regarding guns and gun rights that is even more of a draw than a toaster or money would be.”

Basically, “We know people love guns, so let’s use guns to lure them to church.”

Just really classy.

Do these people really think someone like Jesus Christ would support using violent weapons to lure people into church?  Actually, a lot of them probably do.  I’ve met quite a few “Christian conservatives” who are staunch believers that Jesus Christ would be an avid supporter of gun ownership.

Though events such as these have drawn criticism from other Baptists.

Rev. Joe Phelps, pastor of Louisville’s independent Highland Baptist Church, said, “How ironic to use guns to lure men in to hear a message about Jesus, who said, ‘Put away the sword.’  Can you picture Jesus giving away guns, or toasters or raffle tickets?  He gave away bread once, but that was as a sign, not a sales pitch.”

And he’s exactly right.

It’s asinine for these people, who claim to be “followers of Jesus Christ,” to use guns to try to bring people into their church.

A big part of “following the teachings of Jesus Christ” is to actually follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Something that these churches that are giving away guns to lure people into their doors obviously don’t understand.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • worrierking

    Jesus Wept

  • nextstep99

    Matthew 6:2 … Jesus said ” Thus, when you give alms…” Pastor, That’s alms, ALMS! Pastor, NOT ARMS!

  • Pipercat

    ♫ praise the lord and pass the ammunition! ♫

  • jaymesbawned

    Since unchurched men usually like sex, too, could they use that to get them to church?

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      with alter boys only,,,,,,

  • Mr Smith

    “Praise the lord and pass the ammunition”. Isn’t that the christian way? Not any christian I’ve ever met, but there must be at least one out there I didn’t make the saying up. Must be a southern evangelical baptist thing. That’s what I get for living near Canada I suppose.

  • Ram Garcia

    What’s next to be raffled to get men to go to church?? Hmmm, I know let’s raffle 4 hour hooker dates…. You’ll not only fill the church, they’ll be standing outside, looking in the windows waiting for the raffle to begin….

  • surfjac

    Man shows up, wants gun for Jesus, also wants money from church and people in church, loads weapon and takes money.
    Yeah, I’ll bet the best and brightest show up for this.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      Im smelling a tea party rally!!

  • fairness_rules

    Next Sunday they will give out ammo, and every week after, so they will remain “faithful”!

  • Edward Krebbs

    You can lure a lot more of the “right” kind of people to church by other means (and remember, the rich contribute to the church while the poor take resources). Preach Ayn Rand. Preach on American Exceptionalism. Preach on the superiority of the rich in building the church. I’m sure I haven’t yet even come close to the tackiness of some churches. (And should I ask, if you do this, even though you are preaching Faux News and Reagan Trickle Down, any attempts by the IRS to pull you tax status like they have those preaching a non-republican gospel ?)

  • I

    Remember if not for guns you wouldn’t have freedom of religion