KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – A church that prides itself on its second amendment right has purchased massive land in Grainger County.
Rod of Iron Ministries, also known as Sanctuary of world peace and unification, holds church service in Pennsylvania, but recently purchased 225 acres of land off Thorn Hill Church Road for a retirement destination.
An administrator, Gregg Noll, said the organization, which has between 15,000 and 20,000 followers, plans to include an orchard, nature trails, a shooting range, a garden and an event center in their new property.
If one wonders what the organization stands for, Noll said, âIf you’re not in the Second Amendment, you probably won’t like our church.
It is not uncommon for a Rod of Iron Ministries service to find someone wearing a crown decorated with bullets or holding an AR-15.
Noll explains that security precautions are in place to ensure that guns are used for their intended purpose.
“[The guns] are always unloaded, locked, it is there for symbolic ceremonial purposes never to be used in this context, âNoll explained.
Noll said the church is also participating in gun training to ensure users are properly educated.
âAs a church, we really support the use of guns. We train all the time in firearms with our young people. We teach. well trained, well armed and well educated / gun safety is essential, âNoll said.
Rod of Iron Ministries was founded by Hyung Jin Sean Moon, who calls himself the âSecond King,â and broadcasts daily shows for hours on spirituality and politics while wearing a crown made of bullets.
The property in Grainger County is expected to be completed within the next five years. Noll hopes that part of the facility will be open to the public in spring 2022.
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