Are Christians Biblically Obligated to Arm Themselves?
QUOTES FOR THE CHRISTIAN GUN OWNER
Communist V.I. Lenin said, "A system of licensing and registration, is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."
As we list what Christians need to know concerning gun control, we shall use the term "gun control" to mean ANY infringement upon the right to posses and bear arms.
Those Christian men who resisted gun control by opening fire at Lexington Green, April 19,1775, were familiar with both the Bible and the writings of John Locke and as a result knew who an enemy was when they saw one.
STATE OF WAR
Concerning a state of war, Locke wrote:
"And one may destroy a man who makes war upon him, or has discovered an enmity to his being, for the same reason, that he may kill a wolf or a lion; because such men are not under the ties of the Common Law of reason, have no other rule but that of force and violence, and so may be treated as beasts of prey, those dangerous and noxious creatures, that will be sure to destroy whenever he falls into their power."
The words of Locke on slavery seem to match the Scriptures, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (Gal. 5:1)
SPIRIT OF FREEDOM
In like spirit, the new year of 1773 was rung in by the men of Marlborough. "Death," they proclaimed unanimously on the first of January, "is more eligible than slavery. A free born people are not required by the religion of Jesus Christ to submit to tyranny, but may make use of such power as God has given them to recover and support their laws and liberties...we implore the Ruler above the skies, that He would make bare His arm in defence of His Church and people, and let Israel go."
Jesus said, "When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils." (Luke 11:21-22)
DISARM THE PEOPLE FIRST
The principle of first disarming the people before full scale oppression of the people, was seen first hand by Reverend Wesley Millen who, as a missionary, witnessed the communist take over of Asia. In his lectures he would explain how in the first 90 days the communists were so benevolent, humanitarian and helpful, and at the same time laboured vigorously to confiscate all weapons. The people were told peace had arrived and they would no longer have need of weapons. Once the people were disarmed Reverend Millen said, "Then at the end of ninety days we learned the difference between theoretical communism and Bolshevik terror."
Know that history supports the teaching of Luke 11:21-22. Prior to the Communist enslavement of Hungary and Czechoslovakia, firearms were taken into police custody to "protect" the people. On the other hand, consider Afghanistan, a country full of armed citizens. That country is a modern historical example of this point. The communists have never been successful in taking over a country without first disarming the citizens!
TRUST THE LEADERS?
Today certain of Australias leaders say that their motive for disarming the citizens has to do with the citizens health, safety and welfare; has to do with crime reduction, and has to do with accidental gun deaths, etc. Jesus has told His followers to "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves." (Matt.7:15)
Did you know that the pattern, history, and laws of God as revealed in the Holy Bible - oppose gun control? The Bible has much to say concerning weapons, war, and self defence. Perhaps none are more clear and pertinent to the issue at hand than Luke 22:35-36, "And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 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 buy one."
HAVE YOU HEARD?
Note the words, "...AND HE THAT HATH NO SWORD, LET HIM SELL HIS GARMENT, AND BUY ONE." Are these words not every bit as much a command as "love thy neighbour" or "And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other;"
How often have you heard the words "...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one" in a sermon? How often have you heard them explained in the present day Christian church world? For most, the answer is NEVER.
A Christian who does not own a firearm and/or does not resist gun control, disobeys the will of His Lord Jesus Christ, who has clearly instructed him to purchase a major lethal weapon of the day. The Bible has stories of assassinations, murders, and war deaths numbering in the multi-millions, all associated with swords. Then Jesus Christ, prior to His departure, tells the Apostles to BUY A SWORD. Naturally, this doesnt fit modern concepts of Christ and Christianity. Suffice to say, a Christian without a gun is disobedient to the intent of those words in Luke 22:35-36.
THE KING WAS ARMED
1 Corinthians 10:6 and Romans 15:4 explain that the Bible history of Old Testament times was written for our learning and instruction. This means that we are to learn from the story in 1 Samuel chapter 13. In reading it you will find that Gods people Israel were oppressed and conquered by the nation of the Philistines. Guess what the Philistines thought was best for Israel? Yes, thats right, sword (gun) control!
1 Samuel 13:19-22 tells the story well. "Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears: But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock. Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads. So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found."
JESUS WAS ARMED
Jesus Christ himself made and used weapons against evil men. This may sound incredible, even blasphemous to some, but it shouldnt for the story is right there in the Bible. "And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;" (John 2:14-15)
THESE WERE MEN
Consider the following excerpt on the War for Independence from pages 290-291 of the history book, "The Light and the Glory."
"Nor were the exhortations of their ministers confined to words. These men did not hesitate to put their own lives on the line. During the battles of Lexington and Concord, Chelseas minister, Philips Payson, captured single-handedly two British supply wagons. John Craighead raised a company of militia from his parish and himself led them off to join Washington in New Jersey, where it was recorded that he fought and preached alternately. So numerous in fact, were the fighting pastors that the Tories referred to them as "the black regiment," and blamed them for much of the resurgent zeal of the Colonial troops. One of the most colourful examples is what happened in a staid Lutheran church in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, one Sunday morning in 1775. The thirty three year old pastor, Peter Muhlenberg, delivered a stirring sermon on the text, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
"He reached the end of his sermon and said a solemn prayer - and then continued to speak. "In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight." He paused, and then threw off his pulpit robe to reveal to the startled congregation the uniform of a colonel in the Continental Army. "And now is the time to fight!" he thundered and then he called out, "Roll the drums for recruits!" The drums rolled and that same afternoon he marched off at the head of a column of three hundred men. His regiment was to earn fame as the 8th Virginia and Muhlenberg was to distinguish himself in a number of battles, rising to the rank of brigadier general, in charge of Washingtons first light infantry brigade."
Jesus said we were not to live by the sword. This statement was made by Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, after Peter had tried to stop His arrest by swinging a sword and cutting off the ear of a slave of the high priest. (Matt. 26:52). Notice, Peter had a sword in keeping with the command of Christ (Luke 22:36,38), but he misused it by trying to interfere with the foretold arrest and crucifixion of Christ. The point is, a Christian is not to live by the sword. Christianity is a way of life wherein a disciple is not to live by the sword. Christianity is a way of life wherein a disciple is to endure and suffer a wrong, go the extra mile, forgive, petition, pray. It is not a militant, aggressive life style of one living by the sword.
It is true a Christian is not to live by the sword, but it is equally true he is not to live without one. The actions, petitions, prayers, and long suffering of our forefathers are evidence they did not live by the sword, but their refusal to lay down their guns showed they also refused to live without the sword.
THE LAW PERVERTED
Jesus said to love your enemy and turn the other cheek. Jesus did teach this in Matthew 5:38-44 in the Sermon on the Mount, and we should consider each verse in light of the rest of the Scriptures.
First of all, it should be understood that a key to understanding the meaning of Matt.5:38-44 lays with Matt. 5:17. "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Although the ceremonial laws added 430 years after the time of Abraham (Gal. 3:17) were fulfilled and eliminated by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Gal. 3:15-25), the Laws, Statutes and Judgements codified by Moses and existing even before that with Abraham obeying them (Gen. 26:5), were not done away with and exist even today. At the time of Christ the law had been twisted and perverted by the Pharisees (Mark 7:13)
The following is taken from the June 24, 1988, "Wall Street Journal," should be carefully considered.
"Further, guns prevent many crimes from even being attempted. A 1982-83 study of prison inmates by The National Institute of Justice showed that two fifths of them had decided not to attack a victim when they found out that he or she was armed. In the 1960s the Orlando police responded to a rape epidemic by training 2,500 women to use guns. The next year rape fell 88% and burglary by 25%."
Hopefully, the foregoing information will help the Christian soldier to resist tyranny and better prepare himself for the battles ahead. To be physically disarmed the soldier must FIRST be disarmed in the mind. Through a long process of conditioning, the people have been brought to the place where they will just about accept anything that the false gods of the state are only too happy to dish out.
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