I Do Not Fear Terror Because I Am Redeemed, And I Have Been Predestined To This War

BY Herschel Smith
6 years, 8 months ago

“He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places.  He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand upholds me; and Thy gentleness makes me great,” Psalm 18:33-36.

The New York Times has published a call for gun control in the wake of the Islamist actions in San Bernardino.  An excerpt follows.

Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.

The Washington Post has a pitiful, confused and yet halting agreement with the editorial, as if the writer, in terrible fear for her life, doesn’t know what else to do.

Then, there are those matters that are beyond practical political reach. Suffering, death, danger and maltreatment aside, a policy solution to these problems simply has no real path, no viability at all.

And in this moment, it would seem that any and all policy related to guns would belong in that third group. Gun control — or any discussion of a coordinated effort to stem the tide of gun deaths that set this country apart from almost every other industrialized nation — is going nowhere. It’s a reality we acknowledge regularly on this very blog, most recently on Saturday morning, the day the New York Times saw fit to devote its first front-page editorial in 95 years to gun control.

There are numerous reactions to this editorial, most of them edging towards the “this means war” sentiment.  I want to take a different approach to this call for more gun control, and all of those like it across America.

It’s tempting to take the approach of commenter Mike Bishop at WRSA, who says “The Manhattanites have about as much relevance in my personal, local, life, as a rookery of penguins.”  Mike is right, and such gun control will never obtain, but it goes much deeper than relevance.

There is a war between light and darkness, and it has been advancing since the very beginning.  Statism and Islam are different facets of the same stone (there are other facets), and they are merely the societal manifestations of the struggle between light and darkness.  The war occurs individually and corporately, and while men see the consequences and effects of the war, and get brief glimpses into the deeper things, in large measure we don’t truly see the battle in the heavens.

Angels and demons are warring in the heavenly places, and there is war within the souls of men.  God isn’t barely victorious, nor does be barely win.  Nay, He sits and the heavens and scoffs at the rulers of the world.  It will all end as He has said it will.

“For I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not yet been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’,” Isaiah 46:9-10.

As for individual men, there are those who are lost.  The New York Times editorial board is lost.  No, not collectively, but individually, each and every one of them.  The war is over in their soul, or better, it never occurred.  There are those men who have been given a taste, and who know the truth, but who suppress it in unrighteousness.  They will never find peace or rest, not now and not in eternity.

But there are those who would be lost if left to their own devices, who know their sins, but who have been awakened by the sovereign hand of Almighty God, who reaches down in His kind providence and bestows His love on them.  They are saved by grace and through faith, not of their works, lest they should boast.

For this last category, God “chose us in Him before the foundation of the world … He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself … according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,” Eph 1:4,5,11.

If the former believes that upon death their bodies cool to ambient temperature and then get planted or burned, and that’s the end, they are merely observers to the great war, not even pawns.  They are worse than irrelevant.  They see the effects, but cannot effect change.  For those of us who believe, there are no volunteers to this war.

We were created for it, and we were drafted to this army.  Our volunteering occurred simultaneously with our being called, and upon being called, we had no other choice.  The sheep know their master’s voice, and only follow Him.

Oh, to be sure, I won’t give up my weapons, not a single one of them, and I will defend myself and my family as we are threatened, whether by the state or other actors.  I will do so because I have been taught by my master that I must do so.  But it goes deeper than a few guns.

I know that the New York Times editorial board, for all their bluster, isn’t relevant to this war because they don’t even know there is one.  Looking for peace, they may as well slash their wrists and bleed before Baal for fire to come down from heaven as to look to the state for a solution to evil.

I have been called with a heavenly calling, like all of His people, not of themselves, but of His great mercy and from before the foundation of the world, to fight this great war.  The war is present everywhere and all of the time, whether visibly and by implements of fighting, or in our souls for our devotion and affection of the divine.

It has become commonplace to charge people carrying weapons with cowardice.

PARIS—For most of the last two centuries, Europeans have been puzzling over their American cousins’ totemic obsession with guns and their passion for concealed weapons. And back in the decades before the American Civil War, several British visitors to American shores thought they’d discerned an important connection: people who owned slaves or lived among them wanted to carry guns to keep the blacks intimidated and docile, but often shot each other, too.

In 1842, the novelist Charles Dickens, on a book tour of the United States, saw a link between the sheer savagery of slave ownership and what he called the cowardly practice of carrying pistols or daggers or both. The author of Oliver Twist listened with a mixture of horror and contempt as Americans defended their utterly indefensible “rights” to tote guns and carry Bowie knives, right along with their “right” to own other human beings who could be shackled, whipped, raped, and mutilated at will.

Charging us with sin is the devil’s game, and in my corner as defender is the Son of God who has paid the price, past, present and future.  I’ll just let Him handle it.  I am unaffected by the game.  Since I am a warrior in the great war of all time, how can any man say that I am a coward?

Coward if left to his own devices, sinner, and even worthless worm.  But saint by the shed blood of the lamb, warrior in the great war, at battle ever since being called, at battle until the end of my life, servant of the most high king.  My days are in His hands.  I will live all of the days to which I have been ordained, and will not perish until it is time that I meet my savior and master.  Who can understand this except those who have been called?

“You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day,” Psalm 91:5.

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  1. On December 7, 2015 at 7:30 am, 2573366 said:

    Your words were given you by the Holy Spirit.
    God bless & keep you and yours.
    I’ll see you on the beach.

  2. On December 7, 2015 at 9:54 am, Vinson Parkhill said:

    Semper Fi

  3. On December 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm, 2573366 said:

    back at ‘ya. With my last breath, I’ll be here for you my brother.

  4. On December 9, 2015 at 5:23 pm, Sean said:


  5. On December 7, 2015 at 9:15 am, Heyoka said:


  6. On December 7, 2015 at 10:51 am, Fred said:

    “it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.”

    The Soviet slogan was “Comrade turn in your guns”.
    And when I don’t (because I won’t) then you will need a list. How about a secret black list? How about a secret terror black list? No judge, no jury, no opportunity to confront your accuser, no redress of grievance. A list based on the belief that I and my weapon are a threat to my fellow citizens and the state. That’s right! A list based on belief! Why not stone me to death based on your belief? Why not round me up and put me on a cattle car headed for the gas chamber ya know, because of belief? How about me vs some lions in a coliseum? We need more circuses with our cakes after all. Screw God, screw the law it’s for the good of our fellow citizen’s right? Hey here’s an idea; let’s start the Salem witch trials back up ya know, because of belief. You could add people who wear glasses to the list as Mao did. (yeah Mao killed hundreds of thousands who wore glasses. Too weak! Who needs them.)
    Let me see if I fully understand. The biggest mass murderer in the history of mankind (Govt) is going to save me from little mass murderers by leaving me defenseless? Hmm? Nope! I reject all of your arguments for gun control.
    Matt 12:25-26 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
    God has spoken on this very topic and informs us that evil will not because it can not, save you from evil. The biggest mass murderer in history keeping me safe from little mass murderers. Absurd on its face.
    Still confused about why Christians would reject gun control? Un-confuse yourself – Seek Him know.

  7. On December 7, 2015 at 11:24 am, Blake said:

    Well, said, sir.

    Thank you.

  8. On December 7, 2015 at 11:49 am, L O said:

    It’s Governments Job to convince their people to fear evil.. It’s the Christians Job to convince the people to stand in faith and courage, and fight against It.

  9. On December 7, 2015 at 12:46 pm, Brian from Georgia said:

    That’s a wonderful piece, Herschel.

  10. On December 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm, NCFREEDOM said:

    if only we heard that from the pulpits, there is so much that may never have happened, yet the pulpits cower in fear of losing their tax exemption of money in the collection plate for large buildings. I just heard from a friend that their church just sent $100k on a huge Fish tank from the TV show TANKED! What and no one protested the wasting of money for plexiglass, water and a few fish…..(sorry I digressed)

  11. On December 7, 2015 at 3:36 pm, Archer said:


    Government leaders need to realize that the (admittedly ridiculous) “separation of church and state” concept works both ways. If they violate it and try too hard to regulate (read: silence) churches through tax codes, they’ll find those church congregations are equally free to regulate the government through voter outreach and activism.

  12. On December 8, 2015 at 10:09 am, Billy Mullins said:

    Jefferson’s “wall of separation” between Church and State was never intended to restrict the activities of the Church. Jefferson’s wall was ALWAYS intended to keep government from infringing on religion. The Constitution was intended to demarcate the proper area of operation for government to keep it from poaching where it did not belong. As such it was – AND IS – entirely proper.

  13. On December 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm, Archer said:

    That’s what I’m saying. Government should not be (and under the Constitution, cannot be) restricting churches or congregations. Jefferson may not have intended it, but churches returned the favor.

    Put simply: Leave us alone, and we’ll leave you alone.

    However, the “wall of separation” is only a social contract — an informal and unofficial agreement, not a set of hard rules — and the government is getting dangerously close to breaking it. They’re playing with fire if they think the faithful won’t return the favor again, just like they did the first time.

    So again, put simply: Work to restrict our religious practice, and we’ll work to retire you.

    And personally, I believe there are enough of us to follow through on that. Politicians violate the social contract at their own (professional) peril.

  14. On December 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm, ADNpress said:

    This was a very inspiring read. Thank you.

  15. On December 7, 2015 at 5:16 pm, TimeHasCome said:

    The real danger in America will be standing in lines to purchase guns at any price.The Tsunami onslaught of buyers begging to buy firearms . Ho , Ho, Ho, every time a bell rings another firearm flies out the door .

  16. On December 7, 2015 at 6:04 pm, Buckeye1 said:


  17. On December 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm, Phil Ossiferz Stone said:

    I am glad for you.

    Me? I am scared. I am horrified and sickened. The same Grey Lady that once called for Nixon’s resignation now calls for my head on a pike if I won’t comply with their unConstitutional power grab, and the same WaPo that produced Woodword and Bernstein now cautiously echoes them. Hundreds of commentators with thousands of thumbs-ups at both sites sneer, snarl at, and demonize me in the most hysterical language possible. They mock my prayers. They call me a threat to their society and their children. Not the foreign-born mass killers. Me.

    This is in direct and timely response to a couple of religious fascists that pledged their allegiance to ISIS rather than the Republic that gave them safe refuge and employment, and who slaughtered my countrymen at a Christmas party. This is how we react to it.

    Our enemies foreign and domestic are licking their chops and sharpening their knives. We are headed into uncharted waters, and storm clouds are directly overhead.

  18. On December 9, 2015 at 6:21 pm, Baker3 said:

    Amen Brother

  19. On December 10, 2015 at 11:09 pm, Poshboy said:

    Simply brilliant. i had not thought that we have been all drafted to this fight. You’re right.

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