Religious liberty activist Matt Barber hit the radio waves Tuesday telling listeners that the right to bear arms is supported by the Bible, and Jesus himself advocated personal firearm ownership.
“The uninfringeable constitutional right to arm and defend yourself, your family, your friends, your colleagues, and even perfect strangers—it’s not just as American as apple pie, as they say. Frankly, folks, it’s as biblical as a shepherd boy’s slingshot,” Barber said, referring to the biblical tale of David and Goliath.
“David, a man after God’s own heart, used a weapon of war—at that time, a slingshot—in order to take down Goliath. And in response to the explosive global threat of Islamic terrorism, of communism—yes, it’s back in vogue, folks—socialism, communism, particularly among millennials thought it has failed everywhere in the world with over 100 million deaths. Boy, it just keeps rearing its ugly head,” Barber said.
And then Barber gives a shining example of proof texting at its best in pulling a quote from Jesus and fully ignoring its context.
He also turned to Luke 11:21, which reads, “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.”
“Think about that. There’s Jesus advocating for the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, to defend your own house, to keep your possessions, not to mention your wife, your children, to keep them safe,” Barber said.
In Luke 11:14-28, Jesus talks with a crowd about his authority to cast out demons.
The strong man Jesus mentions is Satan, and in the verse immediately following Barber's quote, Jesus says, "But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder."
That 'someone stronger' is Jesus.