This is a discussion on Went orange... at church? within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by 383 In Virginia, carrying on school property and in churches (during services) are prohibited. There have been times that I would have ...
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Every couple of years, just before the offering, a masked gunman would try to stick up the pastor on the stage. "Gimme your money!" The pastor would explain that robbing him is a lot like robbing God, because the pastor's money is not his, but was given to him by the congregation with the task of doing God's work.
The meek masked man would then take a seat, while the pastor then went into a sermon about how we're supposed to be giving to charity - a LOT - and by refusing to give to charity and spending the money unwisely instead - we would also be stealing from God. (What always struck me, other than the masked gunman, was the pastor's emphasis that the money didn't have to go to this specific church (though we were obviously welcome to!), but that it was a lifestyle choice). I was raised in a different style of church, though, that pointed out that the 'rich man' in Luke was objectively much poorer than we were.
To be continued - the day Gecko45 was in the audience ...
I'm not so sure this would be a smart thing at my church. The minister and his wife just got their CPL's and there are at least three people that I know of that carry every Sunday, and I know the minister has given permission to four others. I realize the incident your talking about is a staged peformance to lead into the "Give till it hurts" sermon but I hope they explain it to people before someone assumes its real and gets scared into a heart attack of draws a weapon to protect the minister.
Just last year a pastor and an associate pastor were shot during a service locally. It doesn't happen often, but evil can go anywhere. I'll never understand the states that don't allow carry in church.
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We can't carry in my church because it's attached to the school & like VA it's against the law. Our pastors & school principal are definitely for carry laws but unfortunately we can't do legally. At most services there is at least one off duty PO in attendance. Whether they're carrying is unknown to me. I would guess that they are.
You did just fine, paaiyan. Keeping a vigilant watch on the person in question, watching his hands & determining that he wasn't a threat. Had he been the kids would have been safe with you there & armed.
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Yep, no need to be surprised that you might have to actually go to red in church. Bad things can, and do, happen everywhere. Glad your situation turned out to be harmless though. Well done.Went orange... at church?
At our church we have a specific policy that no dramas, skits, etc. will contain real or fake weapons or acts of aggression unless the audience is fully made aware. This helps avoid situations that the op was confronted with.
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Wow...I've never seen anyone wear orange clothes to Church.
About 2 years ago on a Sunday morning the Pastor was preaching about the persecution of Christians in other nations. Suddenly 4 men with hoods over their heads and pistols drawn burst through the church doors, ran up to the pulpit grabbed the Pastor and drug him out of the church. I couldn't tell who the BG's were due to the hoods over their heads.
All I and the rest of the congregation could do is watch in horror as the BG's were yelling at the top of their voices as they drug the Pastor out of the church. Shortly thereafter the pastor came back inside and explained that he was trying to show what some churches in other parts of the world go through.
Fortunately I didn't have my ccw permit yet so I wasn't armed. Honestly, I don't know what I would have done if I was armed. Needless to say I was highly pissed off and have talked to the pastor about what could of happened if me or someone else would have been armed that morning. He informed me that he realized his mistake during the next service when a man in the congregation charged the BG's during the same skit.
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