A church in the US sparked incredulity by offering an assault rifle as a prize to whoever invited the most new people to its services this month.
Following representations by a visitor to First Pentecostal Church, Aberdeen, Mississippi, the church withdrew the offer.
According to blogger Jon Kuhrt, his friend Mark Perrott, who lives in the US, attended the church as a visitor. Perrott reported that the assistant pastor announced a competition for church members early on in the service, with all ages present. The pastor described the AR15 as a “killing machine” and added that the winner would get 100 rounds of ammunition thrown in as well.
The competition was confirmed on the church’s Facebook page in a post that was later removed.
Perrott wrote to Kuhrt: “Whatever people’s views of gun ownership for hunting, self defense or protection against government, I cannot believe that such weapons [are] being used as a recruiting tool to grow the church. I am at a loss…”
Kuhrt writes in his blog: “Along with my friend Mark, I am at a complete loss to understand the thinking which sees no problem in giving vicious weapons as prizes for bringing people to church. After all, it was only a couple of months ago that a gunman killed nine people in a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. And just last week, there was the horrific shootings in Virginia of a reporter and camera man live on air.
“Did not these recent events cause the leaders of First Pentecostal Church to reconsider its prize? Did it not strike anyone at this church as inappropriate?”
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SOURCE: Christian Today