According to the mission statement at SetFreeSoldiers.com:
“We are a group of men who Love Jesus and Love to RIde Hard. We are not your normal motorcycle club. Some say we are too Good for the Bad guys, and too Bad for the Good guys. We don’t argue that. All we Soldiers know is that we take care of our own and help plenty of others along the way. We try to live Right in this Wrong world and let our light shine wherever we may go. SFFS”
Unfortunately, the Wrong world might be catching up. Last Thursday, Set Free Soldiers founder Phillip Aguilar and four other members of his outreach program, Set Free Soldiers, appeared in court to plead not guilty to a series of weapons and gang related charges. The charges stem from an incident that occurred at a bar between the Set Free Soldiers and a group of Hells Angels, which essentially boiled down to a turf war. According to the report, the Set Free Soldiers were lunching in the bar after watching a member’s son participate in a surfing contest when a Hells Angels leader approached Aguilar and notified him that he was not authorized to be “taking Hell’s Angels business.” The exchange quickly escalated, and now Set Free Soldiers minister Glenn Shoemann is facing an attempted murder rap after police found a bloody knife in his car. In addition, search warrants authorizing the raid of homes located on the Set Free compound reportedly uncovered “gang paraphernalia”, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and countless weapons, leading to the arrest of Aguilar and three other Set Free Soldiers.
Attorney’s for the Set Free Soldiers are incredulous of the charges, saying the Set Free Soldiers were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Augilar, who has been faithfully ministering to both Hells Angels and Mongols alike through Set Free Soldiers for 25 years, and runs several rehab facilities in the Southern California area. Through the course of counseling countless strung-out bikers and gang members, Phillip Aguiler has been largely credited with dampening the escalating gang violence while still earning widespread respect within the biker community. The charges that have been levied against him and his members threaten to unravel the reputation and respect he has worked tirelessly to earn, and Shoemann admits that he is terrified of how the Hells Angels will react now that blood has been drawn.
According to the AP reports, Augilera has been released on bail, and he, Shoemann, and the three other Set Free Soldiers are scheduled to appear before the court again on December 4.
I say: You don’t bring communion wafers to a biker gang fight. While your average Southern Baptist might not need to keep a Ruger KP94 next to his tri-color Bible highlighter, I can see justification for the Set Free Soldiers being heavily armed. To summarize, Matthew 10:34: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”