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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypher View Post
    The issue that I have with most of the responses Iíve read in this thread so far is that the OP hasnít asked anyone to validate his policy of banning open carry from his church, that decision has already been made. All heís asking for is suggestions on how to implement it.

    Itís been my experience that the people who show up at a church and begin by violating church policy and then call the church bigoted or prejudiced for not changing that policy to suit them are generally the ones who are there to disrupt.

    If you truly believe that God has placed you in a given church then it follows that you believe that He has placed the Pastor of that church in a position of spiritual authority over you and that except in cases of clear departure from Scriptural truth or flagrant Pastoral misconduct he is to be obeyed. If you truly disagree with the churchesí policy then youíre better off finding a church that you agree with than trying to bend the church youíre in to your will.

    Similarly, I havenít asked for anyoneís validation of my churchís policy of placing armed plain clothes security in close proximately to anyone who chooses to attend our services openly armed. When your church has an active shooter incident and handles is as well as or better than we did then you can tell us how to do it but not before.
    I find it interesting that you have no issue with firearms in church, only with the people that you pass judgement on. That is not an appealing quality in a congregation.

    It is sad you had an incident in your church. Good people shouldn't have to change the way they live because bad things happen to them. We shouldn't have to live behind barred doors or live in fear. Your congregation has reacted very severely to your shooting. Having armed men follow those whose intentions you have judged seems more like how our government reacts than how a congregation would.

    You don't run your own Christian NSA program do you? :)

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    Let me ask a very simple question...

    If Jesus were at the door greeting folks as they entered the church... would He turn anyone away because they were wearing a gun in plain sight? Would He tell people that in order to have the privilege of worshiping Him they would have to cover up their gun or put it in the car because it might be disruptive?

    Well.... would He?

    Well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iKarith View Post
    Actually, we can know.
    I'm no pastor, minister, or priest, but I do know that much of Jesus.
    I should have said, we'll never know "in this life". The scriptures defining "sword" are numerous & controversial and therefor one can only speculate. I'm no pastor, minister, or priest either, but I do know that much.
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  5. #44
    Quote Originally Posted by bing98507 View Post
    Not posted yet. Recently approved policy prompted by an OC visitor, first time in 9 years as a pastor. See the need to post, but would prefer not to draw any attention to it, but handle it on a case by case basis with positive interaction.
    Then post it or say welcome.
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  6. #45
    Quote Originally Posted by bing98507 View Post
    I pastor a church in a rural/suburban area of Washington state (OC legal). We have a policy prohibiting OC at our worship service (CC OK). If you were to visit our church for worship, what's the best way for me to inform you of the policy? Here's what is what I plan to say after personally welcoming you and exchanging names (not from the front, but one-to-one):

    "I am glad you have come to worship. We do not allow open carry in this building during worship because we have found that it distracts too many people. You may carry concealed if you have a permit or lock your gun in your car. I hope you will choose one of those options and stay."

    If you can comply, great. If not, I would ask you to leave.

    Thanks for the feedback. If I need to do this in the future, I would like to get it right.

    Rich
    It's polite but not very welcoming. I would leave and not darken your doors again. If you spoke to me AFTER the service, I would likely be more receptive but to be greeted that way, I would definitely not feel welcome. Remember, Christ didn't chase off those with whom he disagreed. He welcomed the chance to share the Word with them.
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  7. #46
    Quote Originally Posted by caubry89 View Post
    I have no problem being asked to conceal my weapon not that I would need to as it always is concealed. What I have a problem with is the placing of security. That to me is no different than walking into the local WM and being followed by security for just carrying a weapon. How can we as armed citizens get the anti's to trust someone legally carrying a weapon when we don't trust our own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warbirds View Post
    I find it interesting that you have no issue with firearms in church, only with the people that you pass judgement on. That is not an appealing quality in a congregation.
    On a given weekend we generally seat upwards of 20 THOUSAND people over the course of 4 services So I'm going to assume we must have some appealing qualities

    Quote Originally Posted by Warbirds View Post
    It is sad you had an incident in your church
    Let me clarify, our ďincidentĒ cost the lives of two of our members and 3 more injured before the shooter (who was headed for the main sanctuary which holds something like 8,000 people BTW) was stopped. By a security team volunteer with a CHP BTW.

    Again, no one is asking you to validate our decisions but please donít assume that you are in a position to dictate our security measures to us
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    What to say to an open carry visitor at church?

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  10. Quote Originally Posted by Bikenut View Post
    Let me ask a very simple question...

    If Jesus were at the door greeting folks as they entered the church... would He turn anyone away because they were wearing a gun in plain sight? Would He tell people that in order to have the privilege of worshiping Him they would have to cover up their gun or put it in the car because it might be disruptive?

    Well.... would He?

    Well?
    Jesus, in person, would not be welcome in many churches today for many reasons. He would just make too many people uncomfortable.

    Quote Originally Posted by bing98507 View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. If I need to do this in the future, I would like to get it right.

    Rich
    I would probably say something like, "While Jesus was well known to welcome those type of persons that made others feel uncomfortable and fellowship with them, we are not known for that, so please, if you would like to fellowship with us we would appreciate it if you would conform to our standards. Thank you for your understanding."
    Anyone who says, "I support the 2nd amendment, BUT"... doesn't. Element of Surprise: a mythical element that many believe has the same affect upon criminals that Kryptonite has upon Superman.

  11. Here's an experience I had... I was looking for a new church in my home town about 20 years ago. I went into the church that I thought was the one I wanted (alone) and messed up the times and ended up in the end of Sunday School instead of before the worship service. As I was sitting there in the end of the Sunday School class, I noticed that I was the only person in the room of the Caucasian persuasion and I had messed up the times of the service, because I wasn't in the church I thought I was going to! As the transition from Sunday School to Worship occurred, I remained the only person of Caucasian persuasion in the building. And you know what they did? IF they were uncomfortable at all about this 100% white guy (I mean red hair and pale skin and all), I never noticed it. They welcomed me with open arms and firm handshakes. This was in St. Mary's, GEORGIA, btw.

    They announced that the men of the church would be doing building chores the next Saturday, so I returned to see what I could do. I ended up attending that church for the better part of a year before I left due to military orders. And for the entire time that I was there, I was the only white person. I'm sure I probably did make a minority of the member's uncomfortable, but if I did, there was no indication of it ever displayed. I was "Brother John" to them.
    Anyone who says, "I support the 2nd amendment, BUT"... doesn't. Element of Surprise: a mythical element that many believe has the same affect upon criminals that Kryptonite has upon Superman.

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