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Pistol-packing preachers did what needed to be done

Pistol-packing preachers did what needed to be done

As pioneers pushed the frontiers westward, Bible-toting circuit preachers either rode with them or followed close behind. Often they carried a pistol in their saddlebags along with the Scriptures, for they might encounter Indians or outlaws in addition to the sometimes hostile elements to carry the Word of God to the farthest edges of civilization. Occasionally the pistol lay on the pulpit along with the Bible to guarantee that a resistant flock listened to the message.

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