Be A True Christian: Carry Your Gun To Worship

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Via WiscoDave, this wonderful account serves as an example for us all.  It mirrors what I’ve observed elsewhere.

In 1640 it was ordered in Massachusetts that in every township the attendants at church should carry a “competent number of peeces, fixed and compleat with powder and shot and swords every Lords-day to the meeting-house;” one armed man from each household was then thought advisable and necessary for public safety. In 1642 six men with muskets and powder and shot were thought sufficient for protection for each church. In Connecticut similar mandates were issued, and as the orders were neglected “by divers persones,” a law was passed in 1643 that each offender should forfeit twelve pence for each offence. In 1644 a fourth part of the “trayned hand” was obliged to come armed each Sabbath, and the sentinels were ordered to keep their matches constantly lighted for use in their match-locks. They were also commanded to wear armor, which consisted of “coats basted with cotton-wool, and thus made defensive against Indian arrows.” In 1650 so much dread and fear were felt of Sunday attacks from the red men that the Sabbath-Day guard was doubled in number. In 1692, the Connecticut Legislature ordered one fifth of the soldiers in each town to come armed to each meeting, and that nowhere should be present as a guard at time of public worship fewer than eight soldiers and a sergeant. In Hadley the guard was allowed annually from the public treasury a pound of lead and a pound of powder to each soldier.

No details that could add to safety on the Sabbath were forgotten or overlooked by the New Haven church; bullets were made common currency at the value of a farthing, in order that they might be plentiful and in every one’s possession; the colonists were enjoined to determine in advance what to do with the women and children in case of attack, “that they do not hang about them and hinder them;” the men were ordered to bring at least six charges of powder and shot to meeting; the farmers were forbidden to “leave more arms at home than men to use them;” the half-pikes were to be headed and the whole ones mended, and the swords “and all piercing weapons furbished up and dressed;” wood was to be placed in the watch-house; it was ordered that the “door of the meeting-house next the soldiers’ seat be kept clear from women and children sitting there, that if there be occasion for the soldiers to go suddenly forth, they may have free passage.” The soldiers sat on either side of the main door, a sentinel was stationed in the meeting-house turret, and armed watchers paced the streets; three cannon were mounted by the side of this “church militant,” which must strongly have resembled a garrison.

[ … ]

… a community that always began and ended the military exercises on “training day” with solemn prayer and psalm-singing; and that used the army and encouraged a true soldier-like spirit not chiefly as aids in war, but to help to conquer and destroy the adversaries of truth, and to “achieve greater matters by this little handful of men than the world is aware of.”

The Salem sentinels wore doubtless some of the good English armor owned by the town,–corselets to cover the body; gorgets to guard the throat; tasses to protect the thighs; all varnished black, and costing each suit “twenty-four shillings a peece.” The sentry also wore a bandileer, a large “neat’s leather” belt thrown over the right shoulder, and hanging down under the left arm. This bandileer sustained twelve boxes of cartridges, and a well-filled bullet-bag. Each man bore either a “bastard musket with a snaphance,” a “long fowling-piece with musket bore,” a “full musket,” a “barrell with a match-cock,” or perhaps (for they were purchased by the town) a leather gun (though these leather guns may have been cannon). Other weapons there were to choose from, mysterious in name, “sakers, minions, ffaulcons, rabinets, murthers (or murderers, as they were sometimes appropriately called) chambers, harque-busses, carbins,”–all these and many other death-dealing machines did our forefathers bring and import from their war-loving fatherland to assist them in establishing God’s Word, and exterminating the Indians, but not always, alas! to aid them in converting those poor heathen.

The armed Salem watcher, besides his firearms and ammunition, had attached to his wrist by a cord a gun-rest, or gun-fork, which he placed upon the ground when he wished to fire his musket, and upon which that constitutional kicker rested when touched off. He also carried a sword and sometimes a pike, and thus heavily burdened with multitudinous arms and cumbersome armor, could never have run after or from an Indian with much agility or celerity; though he could stand at the church-door with his leather gun,–an awe-inspiring figure,–and he could shoot with his “harquebuss,” or “carbin,” as we well know.

No picture here of Jesus as a Bohemian, peacenik flower child.  No, this is a picture of a church militant.

Men ready to protect themselves, their centers of worship, and the families.

Take note that not only did men go about armed (I’ve always claimed that true gentlemen don’t hide their weapons, that’s for criminals), but they took them to the place their families are most vulnerable.

That’s where they are sitting in one place with their attention focused on something other than threats, ingress and egress, and inside a confined space.  When vulnerable, men didn’t cower and call someone else to protect them, or “run, hide and fight.”**  They met this God-given duty themselves.

Because liberty and responsibility.  That’s why.

** The most recent video I’ve seen of run, hide and fight has men throwing potted plants at armed assailants after cowering behind doors and in dark rooms, a picture of effeminate cowardice.

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  1. On May 5, 2021 at 4:07 am, Georgiaboy61 said:

    “The unarmed man is not just defenseless – he is also contemptible.”

    “A government which does not trust its citizens to be armed is not itself to be trusted.”

    Niccolò Machiavelli, “The Prince” (1532)

  2. On May 5, 2021 at 10:45 am, Chris Mallory said:

    “(I’ve always claimed that true gentlemen don’t hide their weapons, that’s for criminals)”

    In the 1820’s , the Kentucky state supreme court, in a case on concealed carry, stated that “Honest men bear their arms openly, only highwaymen and bandits have cause to conceal their weapons.” or words to that effect. We have always had state constitutionally protected open carry, the only authority the state constitution gave the legislature was to regulate concealed carry.

  3. On May 5, 2021 at 12:04 pm, Bob in NC said:

    We have armed sheriffs deputies who attend our church.

  4. On May 5, 2021 at 12:21 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    @Bob,

    And yet you still have other men who carry, yes?

  5. On May 5, 2021 at 4:48 pm, Ohio Guy said:

    Always, and especially at church.

  6. On May 5, 2021 at 7:53 pm, GWB said:

    On May 5, 2021 at 10:45 am, Chris Mallory said:
    That is one of the prime reasons anti-concealed carry laws were passed in the first place. Also the prime reason for most anti-knife laws – those knives* are carried by thugs and ruffians and murderers, so we’ll ban them and thugs and ruffians and murderers will no longer have access to them.

    (* Switchblades, ballisongs, punch daggers, shuriken, brass knuckles, ‘chuks, etc.)

  7. On May 6, 2021 at 2:07 am, Show Me said:

    We may soon see our men not only armed but armored in church, as my ancestors are shown to have been. There’s a lot more we could learn from these brave and righteous people too.

  8. On May 6, 2021 at 9:02 am, sound awake said:

    read Nehemiah 4

    its too long to quote here

    church is the last place i dont carry

  9. On May 6, 2021 at 1:30 pm, Bob in NC said:

    @ Herschel,

    I don’t know anyone that does personally, but my guess would be yes.

    We haven’t attended in person since before the mask madness because they insist on masks for the early service which is traditional hymns (presumably because it used to be only older people attending). When we did go, I used to carry concealed .. very concealed.

    I cannot stomach the contemporary worship in the other services, So we live stream.. my wife just calls me when it’s done.

  10. On May 6, 2021 at 3:48 pm, Paul in SC said:

    Here in SC we have a law that one cannot carry in church without pre-approval from the pastor or his designated representative, such as a chief of security. Insurance companies that insure churches have piggy-backed on that law to tell pastors that they won’t insure them unless they impose some stringent restrictions on those who want to carry in church.

    Of course, those who would terrorize churches don’t care about the law or the insurance company’s restrictions.

  11. On May 6, 2021 at 5:50 pm, X said:

    “No picture here of Jesus as a Bohemian, peacenik flower child.”

    That’s because Jesus WASN’T a Bohemian flower child — he was a badass who went after the corrupt Pharisees and called them a bunch of “vipers” to their faces and told them in no uncertain terms that they were hypocrites and posers who would burn in Hell. He went into the Temple than personally threw out the money-changing criminals who were ripping off the Jewish peasantry with their “temple coin” scam.

    That’s how he became a marked man, and why they took him out.

  12. On May 7, 2021 at 12:56 am, Rick said:

    Jesus was sent as propitiation of our sins. Men contempted and rejected Him because they chose to remain in their wickedness. THAT is why Jesus was crucified. All of this was prophesied by many since the beginning.

  13. On May 7, 2021 at 12:59 am, Rick said:

    The meeting house mentioned by Capt. Parker on April 19, 1775 was the church their next to the Green. It would be dear if all churches became again the meeting house.

  14. On May 7, 2021 at 3:57 am, Hudson H Luce said:

    A saker is a cannon, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saker_(cannon). It’s a field piece, not something you’d carry. A minion is another sort of cannon, also a field piece, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minion_(cannon). As to the “ffaulcon”, that’s a cannon of similar calibre to the saker and minion, above. Initial consonants were doubled to make the equivalent of a capital letter. The “harque-busse” is the same as an arquebus – a long gun, a matchlock, supported on a stick – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arquebus, probably .75 calibre, and the “rabinet” – actually “robinet” – was a somewhat lighter cannon with 1.5 inch bore.

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