LA Times: One sheriff's deputy shot himself in the leg while pulling out his gun to confront a suspect. Another accidentally fired a bullet in a restroom stall. A third deputy stumbled over a stroller in a closet as he was searching for a suspect, squeezing off a round that went through a wall and lodged in a piece of furniture in the next room. Accidental gunshots by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have more than doubled in two years, endangering bystanders and occasionally [read more]
Many pastors argue that arming congregants goes against religious teachings of non-violence and that guns have no place in a place of worship. Many states, including South Carolina, specifically prohibit guns in church. “The presence of a cross in our sanctuary reminds us that God’s response to violence is never greater violence,” Pastor Baron Mullis of Atlanta’s Morningside Presbyterian Church told WGCL-TV. “This is a place of peace. … This is not a place for guns.”
Ridiculous. God demands violence as a response to threats on our person because of the fact that man is created in God’s image and life is to be preserved. It is our solemn duty. Mullis only says those things because he thinks of Jesus as a Bohemian hippie flower child rather than the creator and master of all things.
So although I tire of the constant duty of having to remind everyone of the error, to use Professor John Frame’s analysis, Pastor Mullis makes the error of assigning a single attribute to God’s character. He uses an “exclusive reduction” to describe God rather than using His attributes as an “emphasizing reduction” (in this case it’s peace).
“God is love” is a truism, but that isn’t the only thing God is. He is also justice, wrath, anger, righteousness, and so on. Pastor Mullis is advised to re-study his systematic theology. This time he should use a meaningful and worthwhile textbook rather than the crap he apparently used in seminary.