The Christian & Guns.
,In December, pastor John Piper published an article in which he gave his reasons for believing that it is a sin for a Christian to own or use a firearm for self-defense (he didn't discuss hunting). He said that he wasn't sure that he would kill an assailant who was trying to murder his wife, because killing the assailant would mean the assailant could never receive Christ as his savior. You can find the article at DesiringGod.org.
1/9/2016 11:41:30 am
Jack, this is great. I wasn't so sure about #2 at first. Comparing David's direct order to allow Uriah to be killed to a situation where someone doesn't act in a deadly way to protect someone else as a matter of choice isn't exactly the same, but I get your point.
1/19/2016 08:26:26 pm
1/25/2016 12:19:51 pm
As I say above, the case can be made that the NT distinguishes between armed resistance to the government (Romans 13:2), vs armed resistance to criminals. So of course Christ forbade Peter from chopping at the temple police force. Nevertheless, He did order them to buy swords, and one didn't use swords to open up tuna-fish cans. Also, Piper speaks at cross-purposes to himself -- he says he "respects" others who disagree with him, then teaches that Christians who own and carry firearms are sinning.
2/20/2016 01:32:56 pm
After a lot of thought and reading on the topic, I have posted a response of sorts here:
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