The Well-Armed Christian

Bible GunMuch has been said and written lately regarding the Christian civilian and the use of deadly force (or any force at all, for that matter), with many pastors and Christian leaders weighing in on the subject. Some of these words have been rather rootin’ tootin’ in nature (Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s remarks on December 4, for instance), while some have landed squarely in the pacifist end zone (see Bethlehem College and Seminary Chancellor John Piper’s article of December 22). But the simple truth lies somewhere between these two poles, and I’d like to make the Biblical case for how this works. Continue reading

Christianity and American Patriotism Today

Rainbow HouseAuthor’s Note: On Sunday July 5, 2015, in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision granting a Constitutional right to homosexual marriage, I delivered a message to my congregation regarding the state of our nation. I’ve been humbled by the many requests for the audio of that message, but due to technical issues it was lost. What follows here is my attempt to recreate that message in article form from the notes of the day, which began with our congregation reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Today, as promised, I’ll address the state of our nation and the Christian’s response to it, and I’ll do so through answering a series of questions. Let’s begin by reading Genesis 1:26-28: Continue reading

Killing O’Reilly?

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18 NIV).Bill O'Reilly

In promoting his upcoming book Killing Jesus (his third in the best-selling Killing series), the incredibly successful author and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has in the clearest and most certain terms possible challenged the reliability of the Bible. Continue reading

Shall Not Be Infringed

HOW THE SECOND AMENDMENT REFLECTS BIBLICAL THOUGHT

Second AmendmentIn my previous article, I established the Biblical principle that citizens should be armed for two basic reasons.  The first of these reasons is that we need to be able to protect ourselves in a fallen world against those who would do us harm.  The second of these reasons is that we need to be able to keep government from growing tyrannical, for it will always tend to do so. Continue reading

Hitler, Haman and Gun Control

In Swords into Plowsharesthe 1930’s and 40’s there was a governmental plot afoot to exterminate the Jews, and it succeeded in killing nearly six million descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  In the fifth century B.C. there was a governmental plot afoot to exterminate the Jews, but it had a highly different outcome.  Here’s how it’s recorded in Scripture: The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them, and they did what they pleased to those who hated them (Esther 9:5 NIV).  Hitler was successful in his genocidal plot because he had already disarmed his citizens.  Haman was unsuccessful in his genocidal plot because King Xerxes had not disarmed his. Continue reading

Straight Talk on Homosexuality

The Chick-fil-A drama of the past month pointed out the necessity for us to be able to speak clearly on the subject of homosexuality and Christianity.  Among other things, this drama showed us that there is a great need among Christians for this issue to be framed through Biblical thought, as homosexuality and Christianity cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  This means that we need to be clear and unambiguous as we stake out our ground.  Everyone needs to know where everyone else stands. Continue reading

Gay Marriage Isn’t

With President Obama now endorsing (at least for this week) the idea of gay marriage, it’s time to drive a stake through the heart of this beast.  First of all, to understand the inherent social danger in homosexuality, we must only take the beneficial act of homosexuality to its natural conclusion and see how society fairs.  To put it simply, if everyone were homosexual, humanity would cease to exist is in about eighty years Continue reading