SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (WordNews.org) Nov. 8, 2017 – In light of the recent massacre that left 26 dead at the hands of gunman Devin Pelley, at least one preacher is urging churches to arm themselves.
The Rev. Robert Bakke, a black belt preacher who heads Robert Bakke Performance Ministries in Golden Valley, Minn., says churches are too vulnerable and “soft targets.”
“This is not about gun control, rental trucks or fertilizer bombs. It is about evil, and you will never stop evil because it is in the world,” Bakke said. “But you can deter a coward by letting him know you have plenty of firepower on the premises.”
Bakke is a self-described firearms advocate.
“I’ve never understood why so many pastors teach weakness as being the way of Christianity,” Bakke said. “Our God is almighty and all-powerful, and we are made in that all-powerful nature…it is time for the people who target churches to get a taste of that reality.”
Bakke said he believes that as long as movie theaters, schools, churches and other business promote themselves as being “gun-free” they will “attract cowards who are looking to prey on soft targets.”
Bakke said anyone attempted to disrupt one of his services “would quickly realize they have made a mistake. I take my call to overcome evil very seriously.”
He said the Texas massacre could lead other churches to reconsider their position on the issue.
“Perhaps this horrible tragedy in Texas will fortify our churches, ultimately prompting the church to lead the way to a safer America,” he said.