The Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemison, Alabama, has opened a gun range ministry behind its sanctuary to attract new followers of Jesus Christ (video below).
While the shooting range was initially created to teach gun safety, it has now evolved into the Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club as a way to attract more church members. The gun club is membership-only and is a nonprofit, like churches.
"This is an opportunity for us to reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ in a setting that is completely unique," Pastor Phillip Guin told WIAT. "Even odd by some people’s standards, but who’s to say that church can’t happen right here."
Local law enforcement is reportedly using the gun range to train officers and the public.
There's no command by Jesus to train people with weapons in the Bible, nor was anyone mentioned in the Bible converted to Christianity through the use of weapons.
Guin told The Clanton Advertiser:
"Really, the whole purpose of this range is to provide recreational and gun safety in a warm, loving, Christian environment.
"We wanted to come up with some different ideas to help our church grow, and we thought this would be a unique ministry to offer to the community."