Guns in Church Answer to Security Prayer

Guns in Church Answer to Security Prayer

Seriously, could you imagine a gunman coming into your place of worship and unloading round after round across the helpless congregation? The recent church shootings in Charleston, SC have ignited fierce debates across America regarding hate crimes and the security of one of the most open and welcoming American institutions – churches, leaving church leaders to pick up the pieces of church security.

Taking a reactive approach, Bishop Ira Combs at the Greater Bible Way Temple reassured his flock by positioning an armed man on each side of his pulpit while other members of the church’s security team were scattered among the crowd. People in attendance didn’t know who was armed and who was not, supporting the church’s undercover approach to security.

Pastor Theron Wiggins of Flint, Michigan and former police detective along with his congregants are trying to change the mindset. Wiggins claims that his flock believes angels will protect them and as he so elegantly put it, “Well, I’m one of the angels.” Leads me to believe good ol’ Pastor Wiggins is packin’ on Sunday mornings!

Greater Grace Temple of Detroit, MI has a trained, armed 25-man security force called “The Ministers of Defense.” Most of them have law enforcement backgrounds and are stationed conspicuously on stage while others blend in with the crowd.

Do you think having guns in church is a good way to provide safety to all?

Do you support what these pastors are doing in their churches?

What are some ways churches can practice proactive instead of reactive security?

As always, I look forward to your reactions, comments and opinions. Let’s talk!

Posted by Ginger Hill on Jul 13, 2015

  • Ahead of Current Events Ahead of Current Events

    In this episode, Ralph C. Jensen chats with Dana Barnes, president of global government at Dataminr. We talk about the evolution of Dataminr and how data software benefits business and personnel alike. Dataminr delivers the earliest warnings on high impact events and critical information far in advance of other sources, enabling faster response, more effective risk mitigation for both public and private sector organizations. Barnes recites Dataminr history and how their platform works. With so much emphasis on cybersecurity, Barnes goes into detail about his cybersecurity background and the measures Dataminr takes to ensure safe and secure implementation.

Digital Edition

  • Environmental Protection
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Spaces4Learning
  • Campus Security & Life Safety