go armed virtually 24/7.
If I don’t have a firearm strapped on, I usually have
one within arm’s reach.
I carry openly at home and at our church meetings and
encourage our members to do so as well. (Our church
meeting house happens to be the bottom floor of my
I am also the chairman of Free Florida First, an
organization that advocates the secession of Florida
from the Amerikan Empire (the so-called USA). Free
Florida First meets in the church meeting house and
I encourage our members to openly carry at those
meetings as well.
Unfortunately, the State of Florida infringes upon our
God-given rights in that it does not permit open carry
in public. So when I’m not at home I carry concealed.
While I have a permit from the state of Florida to do
so, I recognize that such a requirement is but another
infringement upon my God-given rights.
There are any number of reasons that I go armed. On
occasion I have been asked about it, so I have decided
to set forth a few of those reasons.
First, I go armed, because it is my God-given,
unalienable right as a man. The Scriptures confirm the
right of self-defense time and again. In particular, our
Lord instructed His disciples to arm themselves. In
fact, it was such a priority that He told them to sell
their coats, if need be, to procure those arms.
Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a
purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and
he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and
Second, I go armed because it is my duty as a
husband, a father and a grandfather to protect my family
to the utmost of my ability.
1 Timothy 5:8
But if any provide not for his own, and specially
for those of his own house, he hath denied the
faith, and is worse than an infidel.
According to Strong’s Concordance, the word
translated provide, literally means: “to consider
in advance, that is, look out for beforehand.”
This includes more than just financial provision. It
necessarily includes provision for the security, the
safety and the general well-being of a man’s family.
My wife, my grown children and my grandchildren see me
go armed almost all of the time. They know that I am
doing all that I can to guard them and to ensure their
well-being. I have considered “in advance” what might be
necessary for their protection and have made provision
Third, I go armed as an example and encouragement
I want to encourage my family, our church members, our
Free Florida First members and my friends and
acquaintances to go armed, not only by my words, but
also by my actions.
Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained,
let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same
thing. (17) Brethren, be followers together of me,
and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an
Fourth, I go armed because there are evil men who
would do me or mine harm.
No man can enter into a strong man's house, and
spoil his goods, except he will first bind the
strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
One cannot read the newspaper or watch the TV news
without realizing that we live in a wicked and
sin-cursed world. We must be prepared to deal with
Perhaps some of you remember the August 15, 2012
shooting that occurred at the Family Research Council (FRC)
in Washington, DC. According to the tagline on their web
site, the Council stands for “the advancement of faith,
family and freedom.”
Recently, the shooter in that incident, Floyd Lee
Corkins, pled guilty to the charges brought against him.
In that hearing, it was revealed that Corkins used the
Southern Poverty Law Center's Website to Identify the
FRC as a target.
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Center
While Corkins was responsible for the shooting, he
had been given a license to perpetrate this act of
violence by groups like the Southern Poverty Law
Center which has systematically and recklessly
labeled every organization with which they disagree
as a “hate group.”
Now, let me get into some specifics here.
Whatever things the advocates of political correctness
and collectivism and liberalism find to hate in the
Family Research Council, they will find in spades in our
local church and in Free Florida First.
Presently our chapter is pin-pointed on the SPLC hate
map as a “Neo-Confederate Hate Group” located in Archer,
If one Goggles “Free Florida First,” our chapter
web site comes up at the very top of the results.
If one follows that link to our site and clicks on our
“meetings” button they will find our address, phone
number and a map to the church meeting house, where our
meetings are held. As noted earlier this meeting house
is on the bottom floor of my personal residence.
Should a Floyd Corkins decide that he wishes to take
revenge against someone on the SPLC’s Hate Map, I plan
to be prepared to deal with him.
Fifth, I go armed to confirm my own mindset of
resistance to criminality and to tyranny and to openly
manifest it to others.
I am prepared spiritually, mentally and physically to
confront evil men who would harm my family or who would
seek to destroy our way of life, be they petty
criminals, deranged psychopaths or governmental tyrants.
(Yes, I realize that those three categories often
coincide with one
I stand with my Baptist forefathers, who during the
First War for American Independence took as their
mottos: “Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to
God” and “No King, but King Jesus.”
Finally, I go armed to demonstrate to would be
tyrants that I will not comply with their diktats to
register my firearms or to surrender them to government
I stand with the Spartans of 480BC, with our ancestors
at the beginning of the First War for Independence, with
the Texans of Gonzales in 1835, and with many other
brave souls through the years.
I say to the tyrants, if you want my arms: Molon Labe -- “Come
and Take Them.”