When a New York church changed the sign in front of their building, liberals immediately melted down over what they believe is a blatantly offensive message. However, instead of bowing to political correctness, the conservative pastor came forward and finished them off with 7 brilliant words.
Since crazed liberals have repeatedly targeted peaceful gatherings, including vulnerable church services, many pastors are likely concerned for their own congregations’ safety. While some fortunate churches have enough funds to commission armed security to protect worshippers, other smaller chapels aren’t as lucky.
When Pastor Ronald Russell changed the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God’s sign to read, “We say it again — We are not a gun free zone,” ignorant liberals expectedly refuted the politically-incorrect sign. However, Russell wasn’t about to back down. In an interview with Fox News, Russell doubled down on his message, causing liberal heads to explode by reminding viewers that it “takes a good guy with a gun” to defend his flock from any wolves who’d seek to slaughter them.
Russell gave a response worthy of standing ovation, reiterating that a mass shooting like that of the recent Texas church massacre in Sutherland Springs will “never happen in our church” because he has a congregation that’s armed to the teeth and ready for anyone with malicious intent.
“So, why did you decide to do this?” the reporter asked, referring to the wording on the sign.
“To send a strong message that it’s not going to happen in our church,” Pastor Russell replied. “I have like 40 kids and they’re very valuable to us and to have someone think they’re going to come in and shoot the place up, that’s not going to happen.”
Russell explained that at his church, which is located in Oswego County, proudly protects citizens’ right to bear arms and urges them to utilize their constitutional liberty during services.
“Ever since Sandy Hook, these individuals — whether it’s in Sandy Hook, whether it’s in San Bernardino — people like to go to gun-free zones to shoot ’em up,” Russell said on “Fox & Friends.” “And we’re just putting out a warning that we believe in the Second Amendment and we do carry, and it’s not going to happen in our church.”
When asked if any member of the church has needed to use their firearm on the property, Russell proved that the policy is working well, admitting that while they’ve never needed to brandish a weapon, they’ve also taken efforts to personally “empower” their female attendants, since New Yorkers are often denied the right to carry in certain areas.
“We did have an incident where one of our young ladies was sexually assaulted. This was not in the church but, consequently, we hired a couple of sheriff deputies to come in and train all our women, train our young ladies, what to do (in) self-defense, whenever they’re attacked. We believe in empowering our women, our kids, our girls.”
Russell explained that the controversial sign hasn’t deterred congregants from attending services. Like a good preacher, Russell conveyed his reasoning in a metaphor which some viewers might have even realized is steeped in biblical scripture.
“We’ve seen more people come in. It’s like if a thief comes to your house and he knows you’re there, he’s not going to come to your house, he’s going to go to the house next door. In all these shootings, it appears that the majority of them, once they do their damage, they just shoot themselves. It’s like that’s what they’re there for.”
Russell concluded that although the police are to be lauded for their services, they often can’t arrive in time to thwart mass shootings. This, he reiterated, is up law-abiding gun owners.
“You don’t see any of these shooters going to a cop station,” Russell added, conveying that criminals tend to avoid areas in which occupants are armed. “The police are great in responding but if they have to respond, that means that something’s already happened, the damage has already taken place.”
When asked for his final thoughts, Russell remarked, “It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.”
Russell also told Spectrum News that if he attempted to disarm his congregants, he’d be responsible if a mass shooter targeted the church.
“Times are changing,” said Russell. “It’s not the congregation, per se, but the leadership. People say ‘well, pastor, you’re talking about killing some,’ and I say ‘well, if I don’t protect my people, I’m being complicit.’ A shooting here, that’s not going to happen.”
Pastor Russell not only makes his career out of spiritually arming his followers but ensuring that their physical selves are protected from evil forces as well. Because of his pro-Second Amendment stance, the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God is likely one of the safest areas in Oswego County, as armed thugs know they wouldn’t stand a chance if they decided to target this caring pastor’s flock.
(H/T Mad World News)