Is It Wrong for a Christian to Use Lethal Force to Stop a Criminal Threat to His/Her Life?

Christian Carry FirearmJoin David Wheaton on The Christian Worldview as he compares John Piper’s recent column “Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?” to what the Bible says and discusses with callers whether a Christian is permitted to use lethal force to stop a criminal threat to life.

(from The Christian Worldview)

[Jesus] said to them [apostles], “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 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…And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough. Luke 22:35–38

Our society has become increasingly violent. There have been numerous fatal attacks by Muslims, mass casualty shooting rampages at schools and theaters, and daily murders in large cities. In one heinous story several weeks ago in Indiana, a pastor’s pregnant wife was murdered by a home invader.

All of this violence has led to citizens purchasing firearms for self-defense. Citizens obtaining permits to carry a firearm have skyrocketed all over the country. Even as President Obama orders stricter gun control measures, Americans are taking advantage of their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

But should Christians be joining in to obtain firearms for self-defense? Is it right or wrong for a Christian to use lethal force to stop a criminal threat to his/her life (or a loved one’s life)?

Widely respected pastor John Piper writes in a recent column that Christians should not be arming themselves but rather be willing to endure suffering and even death like the apostles. This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we’ll discuss Piper’s article and what Scripture says about using lethal force in self defense.


2 responses to “Is It Wrong for a Christian to Use Lethal Force to Stop a Criminal Threat to His/Her Life?”

  1. “Pastors” with the mainstream agenda always manage to skew passages or take them completely out of context to meet their purposes. There’s a term for that, I can’t think of it now. Anyway, I agree with you completely on this. Doesn’t make me a “Militant” or a “fanatic”….it’s just common sense. You are correct in that vengeance is NOT the same as self defense.

    The American Christian is weak – physically, mentally, emotionally and most of all spiritually. It’s a shame to see them. It’s easier for most to swallow the “turn the other cheek” pill (totally taken out of context yet again) then to actually fight for what matters here. People have to understand….you’re going to feel pain EITHER WAY… either do NOTHING and get beat down or you fight and still get beat on. Either way, there’s no way to escape the pain which most people think they can if they just roll over like dogs. Pathetic.

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