HOUSTON -- In Arkansas, the law may be bringing guns closer to God. Lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow concealed weapons in churches, synagogues and mosques.
In Houston, Pastor Patrick Ngwolo of the Resurrection Houston church believes that is unnecessary.
“I think at a certain point it becomes ‘are we living our lives’ or are we living in fear of the one day we might die?” Ngwolo said.
History has shown that houses of worship are not always places of peace.
In 2007, two people were killed when a gunman opened fire outside a church in Colorado Springs.
Last year, six people died when a gunman shot up a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
In Little Rock, preacher Elmo Johnson said his church was robbed during morning services, and he wishes someone could have stopped it.
“We need to make sure that we have adequate protection for our self,” Johnson said.
Other preachers in Texas agree.
Last weekend, a Beaumont pastor taught teachers how to shoot, free of charge, for their own protection.
“Being a man of God and an ordained minister my conscience is totally at peace with it,” Pastor James McAbee said.
But not all consciences see the same, and neither do all churches.
In Texas, it is up to the discretion of each church to allow concealed weapons. Lawmakers appear to be keeping it that way.
Churches that do not want concealed weapons inside are required to post a sign.