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Are You Opposed to People Owning Guns? Via John Piper

Jim Eliot and 4 other missionaries were killed in Ecuador by Auca Indians. The missionaries had guns but chose to fire them in the air rather than at their attackers who had spears. The Aucas have since embraced Christ in great number.

Jim Eliot and 4 other missionaries were killed in Ecuador by Auca Indians. The missionaries had guns but chose to fire them in the air rather than at their attackers who had spears. The Aucas have since embraced Christ in great number.

Those of you incensed, intrigued or yelling “Amens” to my recent post on new gun legislation in my state of Georgia, may be interested to read this wonderful post from John Piper.  (I’m glad to know John and I probably agree on more than we disagree on.)  In the absence of many biblically and theologically grounded reflections on the issue of guns, gun ownership and gun regulations—fellow saint and sinner Dan will be penning some soon—how’s this for starters, a la Piper? “Those who live by the gun will die by the gun.”  Jesus’ own words in Matthew 26 regarding swords could just as well pertain to this age’s favorite weapon of choice.

Incidentally, an interesting side note: I was intrigued to learn that Jim Eliot and the missionaries Piper speaks of in this post were actually affiliated with the church Dan pastors (Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian in the greater Philadelphia area).



  • visualwave

    I m opposed to any such gun regulation since it always empowers the criminal and disarms the innocent victims. the paraphrase of those who live by the gun will die by the gun is not appropriate to the normal gun owner. Even Peter carried a sword why? self defense maybe? Jesus did not outlaw self defense and the turn the other cheek has been misconstrued to mean let people walk all over you which is not the case. People lose the deeper meaning Jesus was conveying. Trying to legislate guns away will not make crime or guns go away. In fact studies show it always makes crime worse. The there is the clear political agenda being pushed by the tyrants running America and the world in general. They want a disarmed public to carry out their plans. We should not make it easy for them. Yes tyrants will rule in these end times but there is no reason we should just lay down for them unless God tells us to. Until He gives that order, I will keep Guns period.

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