The Bible and the Right to Bear Arms

Episode 576 Show Notes 

From the Show

Jesus is saying that his kingdom does not advance by the sword. Notice what Jesus says to Peter, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” Jesus is saying, “Peter, take a seat. My kingdom does not advance through coercion. Through the sword.” The Right to Bear Arms doesn’t give us the upper hand when it comes to the kingdom’s advancement.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. Do you know of any helpful ways to bring up faith in a conversation that is not awkward or abrupt, or should we always try to evangelize even if it makes regular conversation awkward?

2. How do you pray in the spirit”? I always thought prayer was good enough, but I am realizing praying in the spiritis something totally different.

3. Is the story of Jonah and the Whale historically true, or was it a myth that was handed down through the generations?

4. As Christians, how should we respond if the second amendment, the right to bear arms, were ever to be removed? From a biblical perspective of live by the sword die by the sword,is there still a biblical mandate that implies the right to protect yourself and your brothers in such a scenario?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners’ questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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