Jesus said, ‘Buy an assault rifle’ and other pro-gun Bible verses

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Last fall, Family Research Council’s Gen. Jerry Boykin told the ProFamily Legislators Conference that Jesus was going to return with an AR-15 assault rifle in hand. Citing Revelation 19, Boykin said that Jesus would return as a blood-stained warrior with sword in hand.

“I’ve checked this out,” Boykin said, “I believe that sword he’ll be carrying when he comes back is an AR-15.”

The audience laughed, though isn’t clear if was because was joking or kidding on the square.

Boykin didn’t stop with his novel interpretation of Revelation. Jesus, it turns out, is the originator of the Second Amendment. In Luke’s account of the Last Supper, Jesus tells his disciples, “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”

Boykin emphasized that this was not metaphorical. It was a warning that Christians would need to defend themselves.

“The sword today is an AR-15, so if you don’t have one, go get one. You’re supposed to have one. It’s biblical,” Boykin said. “If you don’t have an AR-15 sell your cloak and for some of you guys sell your big screen TV with the clicker and go get you an AR-15. Ok?”

Even if Boykin’s interpretation is on point, it skips over some important details.  The warrior in Revelation 19 doesn’t have a sword in his hand — it’s protruding from his mouth. And in Luke, the disciples told Jesus that they had two swords to share between all of them. Jesus replied that two swords was enough to share between all of them.

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Boykin isn’t the only one who is reading the Bible through night-vision scopes.

You can buy a t-shirt that proudly states, “And Jesus said, if you don’t have an AR-15, sell your coat and buy one” (hat tip to David Yamane for finding this)

In my neck of the woods, we have a new gun range that provides training for Illinoisans who want to get a concealed carry gun permit (Illinois was the last state to allow concealed carry permits; 2014 is the first year of the new policy). The Tombstone Gun Range advertises on the radio that it is a place for “Faith. Family. Firearms.” Its website includes a reference to Psalms 144:1:

Blessed be the Lord my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle

You can get this Psalm on a shirt, or, even better, engraved on your rifle.

The Tombstone Gun Range’s rifle area is currently shut-down because a stray bullet hit a woman a half mile away in February.

That’s one really, really long sword.

  • … because we all know Jesus never instructed his followers, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also” (Mt 5:38-39), or “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either” (Lk 6:27-29). Oh no. Those words NEVER came out of the mouth of the founder of their religion. Nor could he possibly have ever said that “all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword” (Mt 26:52b).

    Obviously, Jesus never said anything like those things. It’s just not possible!

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    The New Testament seems to be sort of neutral on the idea of being a warrior as a profession. He blesses a centurion’s child, and in another case he send’s Peter a revelation to accept gentiles into the church, and then sends him to another centurion, Cornelius, who has likewise received a vision. Jesus did not condemn David for killing Goliath or defending Israel. He did not command that we all must become pacifists who cannot defend our families against thieves let alone armed invaders. A weapon is an instrument that can just harm, but can also preserve life against evil men. Money is also an instrument that can be used to harm or help. An automobile is an instrument that can be used to harm or help. What Christ definitely taught is that we are morally culpable for what we intend to do toward others, no matter what our instrumentality. Somehow I think that if the Good Samaritan had come upon the scene of the robbers attacking the traveler, the Samaritan would have acted in defense of the victim, even if it entailed fighting against the robbers, and even if it entailed being wounded himself.

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