Q. Given the increase in violence around the world toward Christians and especially with this week’s incident in Charleston, would God consider a congregation’s decision to post armed members at church entrances a lack of faith? I am asking this question acknowledging that state laws regarding firearms in public places and carry permits would have to be obeyed.
A. In the early days of the Church, believers were very careful about who they admitted to their meetings and often posted guards and/or lookouts to protect them from harm during meetings. In some parts of the world this is still the case today. I think these precautions will soon become more commonplace in parts of the US as well.