Church draws new worshipers with controversial gun giveaway


Photo Credit – Courier-Journal / Stephen Lance Dennee

In an attempt to reach the “unchurched,” a Kentucky parish offered a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns.

More than 1,300 “outdoor enthusiasts” accepted Lone Oak First Baptist Church‘s invitation Thursday, according to its website, which promoted the event by saying:

“Our nation’s founders provided for our freedom to worship as we choose and our freedom to protect and provide for ourselves and our families.”

The gun offering is part of a new emphasis on “affinity” evangelism by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, which calls such events “Second Amendment Celebrations,” The Courier-Journal reported.

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Former Pastor Chuck McAlister, a spokesman, called the events “outreach to rednecks.”

“In the event of a Second Amendment rally the number of unchurched men that show up will be in direct proportion to the number of guns you give away,” said McAlister, a one-time Outdoor Channel host, telling The Courier-Journal the strategy has been effective, with about 50 such events held last year, mostly in Kentucky. “You have to know the hook that will attract people, and hunting is huge in Kentucky. So we get in there and burp and scratch and talk about the right to bear arms and that stuff.”

Not all agree with the controversial strategy.

“Churches should not be encouraging people in their communities to arm themselves against their neighbors, but to love their neighbors, as instructed by Jesus,” said Nancy Jo Kemper, pastor of New Union Church in Versailles, according to The Courier-Journal.

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26 thoughts on “Church draws new worshipers with controversial gun giveaway

  1. NiCuCo says:

    What would Jesus do?

    1. psychosally says:

      He’d probably opt for the glock but He may want the .45,

      1. NiCuCo says:

        I thought of Him more as an AK-47 kind of guy.

        1. Brooklynresident says:

          Jesus don’t need no gun. He could just point and go “bang.” There goes the Skeet competition…

        2. psychosally says:

          you could be right but He’d have to conceal it under His robes

      2. disqus_6npiJ7fVP4 says:

        Why not a .45 cal Glock?

    2. Jeff Z says:

      He would have been flipping tables and taking names LOOONG ago.

    3. John Campbell says:

      What would Jesus do with a gun when he can summon legions?

      As for the rest of us, I’ll stick with my AR-15 and pray the legions arrive in time.

  2. Randy C. Lindsey says:

    They aren’t arming themselves against “their neighbors.” They are arming themselves against thieves, rapists, and murderers…not to mention a potentially tyrannical government.

    1. Mo86 says:

      Thank you for saving me a comment!

      I really have to think about this event more closely to decide whether I agree with it, but that particular comment got on my nerves.

    2. John Campbell says:

      Don’t forget bears, deer, squirrels, ……….

  3. Jeff Z says:

    The Lord works in mysterious ways………

  4. Doug says:

    Give me a free meal and I’m there.

    1. John Campbell says:

      Chow hound.

  5. EliseR says:

    Who would Jesus shoot? WWJS

    1. John Campbell says:

      I don’t know, but I could imagine it would be anyone who attacked his disciples at an *un-appointed* time.

      Jesus said,
      “And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other”, but he didn’t say lay down and die for it.

      Jesus also said,
      “Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”

      1. Doug says:

        That sounds kind of liberal. Sharing and all that.

        1. John Campbell says:

          Don’t be fooled. It’s a teaser. I’m still a capitalist. I charge for additional tutorial services. :o)

  6. roblimo says:

    Jesus wept.

    1. John Campbell says:


      1. Doug says:

        Peter was standing on his foot.

        1. John Campbell says:


          If I didn’t know better I might think you were a Catholic Priest. Some of the best jokes and one liners I’ve heard have come from Catholic Priests.

  7. carolskey says:

    Luke 22:36~”He 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.'”

    Enough said…God bless!

  8. Billy Bumtrip says:

    This is a smart move. It completes the Holy Trinity: God, Guts, and Guns.

  9. William Duane says:

    Seems good. I saw a heated segment on this at Deists. net it was very interesting, fascinating claims about Jesus

  10. fedupinky says:

    Yeah, we tried the love thing and look where it got us.

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