Church Gives Away Two AR-15 Rifles In Father’s Day Raffle

To draw people in, Ignite Church is offering up a raffle for an AR-15 to all people who attend their sermon. What did Jesus say about swords and plows again?

To draw people in, Ignite Church is offering up a raffle for an AR-15 to all people who attend their sermon. What did Jesus say about swords and plows again?

Ignite Church in Joplin, Missouri has come under fire for their unconventional Fathers Day raffle – a raffle to gave away two semi-automatic AR-15 rifles.

Ignite Church posted a photo on Facebook asking if followers would like to win a Black Rain AR-15 in the church’s raffle and,

“Dads, you earn an entry for yourself, each child you have and if you bring your dad to church. Those that registered last week get to register again!!! Don’t miss this.”

The lead Pastor of Ignite Church, Heath Mooneyham, posted a YouTube video a few days earlier to give more information about the drawing.

“So you know, we are giving away a Smith and Wesson AR-15. That really is just kinda like breadcrumbs, like you can you can kill a you a weak zombie with that thing but if you really want to double tap a zombie in style you’re gonna want our grand prize and our grand prize you ready for this is  a black grain AR-15.”

A zombie? Really?

He goes on to add,

“So get your butts to church, if you’re late don’t cry to me that you’re a pansy and you cannot set your alarm, alright? You’re a big boy. You got big balls between your legs, you’re a dad right?”

Mooneyham told The Joplin Globe,

“If we get people in the door, we get to preach the gospel. If we can get more people to follow Jesus, I’ll give away 1,000 guns. I don’t care.”

Here is the video:

The raffle sparked debate on the church’s Facebook page. Here are a few of the comments.

“Clearly, there are no standards of decency, intellect, and wisdom required to be a pastor at this church.”

“What if a mosque did this – how would that be perceived?”

“Giving away AR-15’s at a church is INSANITY. PERIOD.There is NO REASONABLE REASON to do this.Expect not only the IRS< but a plethora of other agencies to look in on your shenanigans very soon. WOW.”

Referencing the biblical passage,  Isaiah 2:4 “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore,” one person said,

“Dear John, Dan, and Ignite Church — how about donating one of those guns to us so we can melt them down into farm tools?”