The Christian and Self-Defense Part 3

Luke 22:35-38 (ESV) 35  And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36  He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37  For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38  And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

 Exodus 22:2 (ESV) 2   If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him,

What we have seen thus far in our discussion, is that there are no passages that set forth a clear mandate for self-defense (“thou shalt defend thy self”).  Instead we have Old and New Testament passages where the use of self-defense was use and illustrated and in the case of Jesus and His disciples a clear illustration that permitted the carrying of a weapon for self-defense.

What we do need to remember, is that evil and the violence associated with evil is real.  We live in a fallen and dangerous world. It is the condition of the heart of fallen man.

Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV) 9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

When man is left to his own devices, evil will always be the outcome (Romans 3:9-23).  Man is fallen, and his heart is in rebellion toward God (Romans 3:9-12) and he is a slave of sin (John 8:34; Roman 6:16-20; Titus 3:3). Evil will continue to exist until sin is ultimately done away with and Christ reigns in the “New Heaven and Earth.”  Until then, the “whole creation groans” waiting for the finishing of God’s redemptive work (Romans 8:18-24). Until that day arrives, self-defense as well as law-enforcement and military might, will be needed to prevent harm to oneself, others, and nations.  Continue reading

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The Christian and Self-Defense Part 2

Luke 22:35-38 (ESV) 35  And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36  He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37  For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38  And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

 Exodus 22:2 (ESV) 2   If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him,

For the Bible believing Christian, the question of self-defense, as previously defined, must be understood as to whether it is prohibited (pacifism), or permitted under certain Biblical guidelines or principles.  Certain principles regarding the sanctity of life have been explored and the relevant passages not only demonstrate that human life is sacred, but it is also legitimate to protect and defend it.  But the question then is; exactly how do we protect and defend life in a self-defense scenario?  Can we find passages in the Scriptures that will speak authoritatively on this subject and/or provide clear guiding principles for us to follow?  What we want to establish… Is there a clear synthesis or coherent Christian view on the subject? Continue reading

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The Christian and Self-Defense Part 1

Luke 22:35-38 (ESV) 35  And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36  He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37  For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38  And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

 Exodus 22:2 (ESV) 2   If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him,

This topic often raises a great deal of emotional controversy and at times, heated objections.  I have been asked, or better put, rebuked with, “Don’t you trust the Lord?”   Or, “we are to live at peace and those who live by the sword, die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52).  Another objection is that Christians are taught not to resist the one who is evil (Romans 12:19). Or, don’t you know that, “if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn and give him the other also” ( Matthew 5:39). Still others might refer to 2 Chronicles 20: 15-17, “for the battle is not yours but God’s,”  or “thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). Continue reading

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Great Quotes

“Jesus has borne the death penalty on our behalf. Behold the wonder! There He hangs upon the cross! This is the greatest sight you will ever see. Son of God and Son of Man, there He hangs, bearing pains unutterable, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God. Oh, the glory of that sight! The innocent punished! The Holy One condemned! The Ever-blessed made a curse! The infinitely glorious put to a shameful death! The more I look at the sufferings of the Son of God, the more sure I am that they must meet my case. Why did He suffer, if not to turn aside the penalty from us? If, then, He turned it aside by His death, it is turned aside, and those who believe in Him need not fear it.”
― Charles H. Spurgeon

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Evil Exists

Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV) 9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Psalm 51:5 (ESV) 5  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Matthew 15:19 (ESV) 19  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. (also: Romans 3:9-23)

Proverbs 28:26 (ESV) 26  Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

It is always a nightmare to hear of another school mass murder.  Even though they may be infrequent, you cannot help but feel there are just too many.  It sickens the heart. You realize you cannot know or understand the pain that has been inflicted upon the families of the victims that have perished or were injured.  All kind of questions surface from your heart as you try to wrap your mind around what type of person could do this? Were did such evil come from? How do  we stop this insanity? Continue reading

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The President’s Remarks on the Florida School Mass Murders

STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil.

Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — a great and safe community. There, a shooter, who is now in custody, opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. He murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others. Continue reading

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Judge or Judgmental-ism Part 3

Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV) 1  “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.  (emphasis added)

Now we come to the heart of the matter.  It’s about splinters verses logs.  Both are metaphors used by Christ to point out that both parties had sin in their lives.  The one with the splinter in his or her eye is clearly being affected by sin. And it is no small matter, even though it’s a splinter.  It hurts. It affects vision. You can’t walk round with a splinter in your eye and not be noticed! You’re likely to fall on your face.  The other person, in this case, the Scribes and Pharisees are afflicted with a log in their eye.  They are completely debilitated and yet they see it their duty to remove the splinter from another all the while there is a log in their eye.

I don’t think it takes much exegesis to get the point here. Just exactly how were they to accomplish this task of removal on another when they couldn’t see to make such a delicate operation? Continue reading

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Judgment or Judgmental-ism-Part 2

Matthew 7:1-5 (ESV) 1  “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3  Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

The Pharisees had a high view of themselves.  They were self-righteous in the extreme.  As a result, everyone was judged as beneath them. They had in essence, set themselves up as God. They thought themselves to be exempt from judgment because they thought they measured up to the preconceived notions of God’s standards. But they only measured up to a set of human standards that they had established. They certainly didn’t measure up to God’s perfect standards. Continue reading

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Judgment or Judgmental-ism – Part 1

Matthew 7:1-5 (ESV) 1  “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3  Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

You cannot walk with the Lord for very long and not be confronted with the accusation of judgmental-ism.  Even within the church this seems to be the case as there is an ever-present movement within, that wants to reject doctrine as unnecessary and judgmental.  So, that would mean we are not to criticize or judge anyone for anything. We live in a world that hates theological and moral absolutes. So, we tend to resort to simplistic interpretations of this passage to justify that position of judgmental-ism. The last thing we want to become is a “judgmental Pharisee.” Continue reading

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The Uninfluenced, Unearned Love for Mankind

Titus 3:4-5 (ESV) 4  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5  he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

These verses are commanding.  They arrest my attention.  Word like “goodness, loving kindness” and “not because of works done by us in righteousness,” overwhelm me. As I have grown in the Lord and reflect on my inconsistent life as a believer and His unfailing love, in spite of that, I see something that is incomprehendable to my little mind.  It’s a love, a compassion for His people that is not influenced and can’t be earned.  It is His mercy. It’s not a mercy that is found in empathy but in His character.

Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV) 4  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7  so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Continue reading

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