New York Pastor Taking Heat for AR-15 Giveaway at Church

March 10 2014
by GSL Staff
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ar_giveawayI’m just guessing that church attendance would be markedly up each Sunday if more churches promised churchgoers that someone would walk away with a brand new AR-15 after the service. That seems to be what one New York church is banking on anyway.

According to a letter published by Pastor John W. Koletas of Grace Baptist Church in Troy, NY, the church will be giving away a New York legal (aka fugly) AR-15 to one lucky church attendee. Here is the letter,

Dear Relatives, Friends, and Acquaintances,

For the past 27 years, our church has run buses and vans to pick up people from the projects and all over this area to bring them to church if they were unable to have the transportation or the means to come to our church. We have picked up entire families, teenagers, children, and parents and brought them to and from church. We have held our annual free Thanksgiving dinners, our annual free Hot Dog Sunday dinners during the Fourth of July weekend, our annual free Good Friday and Spaghetti MEATball dinners, and many other such activities and dinners to help those who were struggling, who needed help, or who were less fortunate than most others. We’ve always provided a free nursery, free Sunday Schools, and free Junior Church for babies, toddlers, and children who needed that extra structure and support to learn about Jesus Christ from the King James Bible.

We have decided to hold a special service honouring hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the antichristian socialist media and antichristian socialist politicians the last few years. Our country was built with the King James Bible and the gun. To show our support for the many hunters and gun owners, we have decided to give a FREE NY-modified and legal AR-15 to one qualified individual on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Please feel free to tell others about our event. The winner has to attend the morning service, be at least 18 years of age, have a legal driver’s license, and be able to pass the background check for buying a weapon. Grace Baptist Church reserves the right to refuse anyone of questionable character for whatever reason from winning the free NY-modified and legal AR-15. Oakwood Trading Post on Route 40 in Troy, NY, will be doing the background checks and the transaction will be at their gun store the following day.

Some of you already come to our church and know about this. Some of you do not. Some of you live a distance away. I would be remiss if I did not extend an invitation to you to come and be a part of our Sunday morning service on March 23, 2014. If you plan on coming, I would urge you to come as early as possible to find a seat. Seating will be limited. There is no off-road parking. Please feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested in attending. NY State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin is scheduled to speak that morning and Evangelist Dr. Bob Gray from Longview, TX, will be preaching. If you cannot come, please pray for our meeting that God will bless the singing and the preaching. God bless you.

Of course, as to be expected, that proposed action has earned the church and the pastor quite a bit of criticism in New York. So much so that the pastor posted a follow up for those who might question the giveaway,

Dear Detractors: The Lord has commanded us in I Thessalonians 5:14 to comfort the feeble minded. In accordance to Matthew 5:44, we love you and pray for you all. To those fake, phony, and fraud pastors masquerading as religious leaders, I suggest you read the King James Bible in its entirety and then read the history of the American Revolutionary War where God’s men were at the forefront for liberty and freedom and the spineless cowards sat back and supported the King of England and criticized those who put their necks on the line and were willing to sacrifice everything for the cause of liberty and freedom. To those with filthy, vulgar, obscene comments and death threats, we sincerely love you and pray for you. God bless you.

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