One of my favorite psalms, one I used to enjoy reading aloud, is Psalm 136. Every verse ends with the joyful refrain, "For His mercy endureth forever." How long does our mercy endure? How long do we show grace to those who wrong us or offend us?
I haven't discharged a firearm in twenty years. I have never, if memory serves, shot a handgun. Friends of mine who can best be described euphemistically as gun aficionados (Brian Abshire comes immediately to mind!) classify me as significantly less experienced than tender-foot in my "firearms skills."
Since my father, Rousas John Rushdoony, wrote the first Chalcedon Report in 1965, this publication has challenged believers to re-think every area of life and thought in terms of the sovereign, triune God of Scripture.
The underlying argument for gun control seems to be that the availability of guns causes crime. By extension, the availability of any weapon would have to be viewed as a cause of crime. What does the Bible say about such a view?
Recently, the nation has been struck by a number of senseless murders by psychotic individuals shooting fellow students, co-workers, or in one horrible case, little children in a daycare center. Predictably, the anti-gun folks, who will never be satisfied until all private ownership of firearms is outlawed, are screaming for more gun control legislation.
The concept that the people have a right to keep and bear arms seems to have survived over two centuries in this country without seriously being questioned. In recent times, however, the tide has turned against this apparent right.
This article is the third of an eight-part series on the nineteenth-century missionary movement, what inspired it, the people who transformed nations, and their legacy.
Even during the gospel's Sinaitic administration, there were some variables permitted in worship. Certain Scriptures lead us to conclude that the RPW of Deuteronomy 12:32 was more elastic than modern regulativists would typically grant. I'm thinking, for example, of additions to the prescribed Temple worship, additions which were countenanced by our Lord.