That’s right. The apostle Peter carried a sword. And from what the scriptures tell us about him, he not only carried one, but was highly proficient with one too. He wasn’t afraid to use it either (Matt 26:51). If Peter were alive today he would be a card-carrying member of the NRA packing heat wherever he went. And the bad guys would be afraid.
I know, I know. To some this doesn’t sound too Christian like of me to be promoting gun ownership. I understand that you fuzzy wuzzy Christians panic even at the thought of owning a gun and you think you’re above having to protect yourself with such violent weapons. I know you don’t think there is no reason for owning them, because after all, God will protect you. Right?
If a Christian does not have the sense to do all they can to protect themselves and their families, then God will likely not waste His time with them. We can’t expect God to do everything for us, nor should we ask Him to do something we can do ourselves. We are His servants. We are supposed to serve Him. We’re not to expect Him to wait on us hand and foot for every single thing in our life. God didn’t create us to be helpless, dependent, socialistic beings. Christ expects us to have the attitude and actions of an overcomer.
Now this isn’t to say God won’t protect those who serve Him, He will. It’s His promise.
As it is written:
There shall no evil befall thee, Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. He shall give His angels charge over thee, To keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. –Psalms 91:10-12
However, we must first do everything we can to protect ourselves if we expect to receive this promise. When we’ve done that, then He will step in and take care of the rest. He will take care of the things we cannot.
To do nothing and expect Him to do everything is equivalent to “tempting the Lord” (Matt 4:6-7). And that definitely isn’t something we want to do. That would be in violation of His commandments.
But didn’t Jesus tell Peter to put away his sword?
Yes He did. Let’s take a look.
And behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
The Jesus saith unto him, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” –Matthew 26:51-52
It also says something similar to this in the book of Revelation.
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience of the saints. –Revelation 13:10
But these scriptures say nothing about giving up your right to defend yourselves from those who wish to harm you. The point Jesus was trying to make to Peter, and to us, is that we are not supposed to be “militant” when spreading the gospel. We are not to use weapons or any kind or use coercion to win people over to the Lord. This does not work.
Timing is another issue. Jesus told Peter to put his sword down because God’s plan was to have Jesus delivered up to be crucified for the sins of the world. That’s why Jesus said to Peter “how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled?” If Peter had been successful in staving off the servants of the high priest with the sword, then Jesus’s mission on earth would have been left unfulfilled.
There comes a similar time when we should put down our swords as well, just like Peter, so that prophecy can come to pass (Rev 13:10). But this does not happen until the Antichrist’s New World Order is in place ruling the world. Because at that time, the only successful method we’ll have against the “beast” anyways is to peacefully protest and testify against it. It will be time to bear our crosses. If we try and use the sword at that time, God has promised that we will fail.
But that is then. And this is now.
So our message to Obama, liberals, socialists, and progressives who want to take away our guns, is this:
I don’t care what executive orders you sign, what unconstitutional laws you pass, or if you send someone to my door to take away my guns. MY NEIGHBORS AND I WILL STAND TOGETHER AND WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR GUNS!
In His Service,
Pastor Ben Heath
Category: Studies for Overcomers