God, guns, guts and Isaiah 53:12
The proof text that is misused constantly by "believers" to keep/bear and use firearms is Luke 22:36-40. Sadly these vailed and inoculated believers purposely misinterpret this passage to change its meaning into condoning violence by believers. This passage in no way condones violence by believers.
It is yet another fulfillment of prophecy in which our Lord frequently declared in the Gospels during various situations. In this case the prophecy fulfilled is Isaiah 53: 9-12. "v. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
Our Lord was to be numbered with the transgressors. The swords presence in the garden made our Lord's arrest legal (at the time of arrest). Peter was rebuked by the Lord for using one of the swords. Using them was never our Lord's intent. He did not come here the first time to destroy men's lives, but to save them. We are commanded to be like Him in these matters and point men to the Savior, not to destroy men's lives.
Luke 22: 36 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.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
It wasn't nearly enough for the self defense of all of the disciples but it was enough for the arrest and fulfillment of Isaiah 53. These swords were never to be used in resistance.
Those who take up the sword WILL PERISH for eternity with the Sword.
Those who take up the sword are like the UNREGENERATE PETER in the garden of Gethsemane, they have a form of Godliness but deny the Power thereof.
ALL WHO BEAR THE SWORD DENY THE LORD WHO BOUGHT THEM AND BRING UPON THEMSELVES QUICK DESTRUCTION.
Just like Peter denied the Lord the very next day 3 times to the authorities of the day. This indicates that Peter’s heart was on the temporary and he did not have the Spirit of Christ therefore was not yet born again by the Spirit of the Lord. Their new births came when our Lord breathed the Holy Spirit upon them just before His Ascension.
Those who claim their rights for self-defense and the use of firearms against other people are merely UNREGENERATE PETERs and bound for hell.
If born of the Spirit a person then wants to follow the Savior in all things. Denying self, turning the other cheek, praying for their enemies, giving to all who ask without stipulation or caveat. If this is not the desire of your heart how on earth can you believe that you have the Spirit of Christ?
It is anti-Christ to believe that Jesus even excuses, much less condones, encourages, or commands violence to any other human being down here for any reason. Remember the New Testament reveals, explains and abolishes the Old. Yet it is mainly the Old Testament referenced by ignorant men to justify violence for New Testament Believers. EVERYTHING CHANGED WITH JESUS CHRIST OF THE GOSPELS. See our related article: Vail Over the New Testament
There are hundreds of completely ignored passages contained in the Gospels that describes what salvation results in for a true believer, I will only quote a small portion from only the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew with the prayer others may understand. This list is reiterated throughout the New Testament Books. Our Lord used the Apostle Paul to reiterate His direct teachings in the Gospels as much as He used the writers of the General Epistles. The Book of Romans is ironically plucked out of context and twisted into Bad Seed by the unlearned and unstable more than any other Book of the Bible. Yet throughout it is full of our Lord's Gospel teachings. Romans chapter 12 reiterates the Sermon on the Mount nearly line for line. Another example of many is in Galatians, chapter 5 (fruits of the Spirit).
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Those that are not - won't be there (there is NEVER a middle ground with God). His spits out the lukewarm.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Those that are not - won't
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Those that are not - won't
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Those that are not - won't be called that
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Those that are not won't see the Kingdom of Heaven
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also."
There is not and will not be any time in your remaining physical life where it is OK to resist evil or disobey any of our Lord's commands. To do so is sin, to teach others to do so will regulate you to least in Heaven.
Matthew 5: 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. v 19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Here is the revealing part you need to study before it is too late. It is all in the context of the Sermon on the Mount.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? The Lord clearly states to turn the other cheek. So if your pastor or commentary says you can defend yourself and carry arms; does that match in any way what our Lord says? Of course not and below is what the Lord says about these men (ravening wolves):
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. The good fruit is the context of this passage which is the Sermon on the Mount.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Many gainsayers in the last days have built huge followings of their own making. Bad fruit bearing bad fruit. Don't confuse their seeming success and high numbers with any blessing from God. Their success is the same as any corporation using marketing to build numbers. None comes from God.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I know most everyone inoculated to Bible Christianity (the typical self identifying born-again believer) has always been taught that this refers to some chaff like catholics. But that is not the context. The context is referring to most if not all of the "self proclaimed" fundamentalists pastors, authors, Doctors and conference speakers known.
I recommend caution when declaring your rights to defend yourself, your family and your home. You are supposed to be the salt of the earth if you claim Christ as Savior. The example of what a Spiritually awakened person is to the world. A product of the Gospel (the real Gospel) not the Lord, Lord false one. You and I were saved to become the exact opposite of what everyone else is in the world. Relying solely on the Holy Spirit and Word of God to swallow our pride and self worth and machismo picking up the Cross and being crucified with Him.
No one needs to be taught or encouraged to defend themselves or their homes and families. The natural man knows exactly how to do that and does it by fleshly instinct. Jesus teaches clearly that His people are to turn their backs on their fleshly instincts and be like Him. Remember the Words of our Lord and do your best to forget the preacher and commentary doctrines you have been raised on.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. The Spirit of Christ is painstakingly revealed to all of us in the Gospels.
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke insertion here of the same sermon from our Lord)
We need to all ask ourselves daily whether our new life and the church we attend are built on the solid ROCK of Christ's direct teachings or on the sinking sand of wolves in sheep's clothing doctrine.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Carrying a pistol with the intent to shoot someone in self defense is not Bible Christianity PERIOD.
We were not spared eternal torment to continue to live under Adam's rules and mindset. The Gospel results in the exact opposite of the natural man. Please see the Sermon on the Mount. One could only pray to be slaughtered for Christ.
If we truly believe the Gospel, we must then follow the Gospel and strive through the Word and prayer unto Christlikeness.
Oh I know the God, guns, guts religion is much easier on the flesh but it is not Christ's way in ANY WAY.
Jesus said be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only; deceiving yourselves.
Stop thinking of His Word as the reference for your theology and realize that It is the Bread of Life,
go to that link and live.