Scripture about dating an unbeliever

"If He was a thief and a robber, the clubs and swords would have been justified.

But what about self-defense as a last resort and biblical mandates to protect when spouses or children are involved?

The Old Testament offers a plethora of examples, but what about the New?

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. But I have found that it is rare for those with little love to Christ to pray as though they love him and his kingdom. They pray as though God were the giver but not the gift.

For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although 60% belong to a Christian confession, only a small minority actually practice their faith.” With varying percentages, the same is true everywhere Christianity has spread. They pray for protection, and shelter, and food, and clothing, and health, and peace, and prosperity, and social justice, and comfort, and happiness. They have no real heartfelt affections for the beauty of such prayers. Therefore, nominal Christians will deflect the exposure of their spiritual emptiness by twisting such prayers inside out and saying things like, “All you care about is pie in the sky.” Or, “Empty bellies don’t care about religion.” Or, “What people need is love, not religion.” Or, “You can’t even pray people’s needs without a few pious platitudes.” And so on. Except in the eyes of other nominal Christians — who do have a few million Twitter accounts.

What we're seeing today is not a gun problem; it's a moral problem called sin. When the fear of the Lord decreases, evil increases."A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both" (Dwight D. One of the Scriptures often used to support banning weapons is found in Proverbs , "Do not say, 'I will recompense evil'; wait for the Lord, and He will save you."This scripture is dealing with vengeance and vigilantism, not self defense.

We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation. Those who want to do harm will always find a way around the law. According to Romans 13:4, one of the purposes of the authorities is to "execute wrath on him who practices evil."These authorities are God's avengers: "Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the Word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet" (Robert Winthrop; 1809 –1894). as Christians, I believe that we are to seek peace at every turn and not drape the cross with the flag.

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And you don’t have to be a Christian to pray for them — for yourself or for others. So do the non-religious, when things get scary enough. True Christians do not pray for less than what nominal Christians pray for. The heartbeat is always that the supremely treasured Christ be supremely magnified in answer to every prayer. And we know that real love will not settle for such a tragic life. So, I am pleading for all Christians to pray like real Christians.

For example, every prayer for (if miners are trapped underground, or soldiers are going into battle, or Christians are leaving on mission, or sons and daughters are heading for college, or police are in harm’s way, or hostages are threatened with death, or children are playing where bullets fly) — every Christian prayer for protection should be a prayer for the The best protection is protection from Satan, unbelief, sin, and eternal perishing. I am pleading that you never give into the criticism that it is more loving to ask God to give people his gifts but not himself.

I am pleading that all prayer be Christ-exalting, God-centered, sin-confessing, Spirit-dependent, promise-trusting, holiness-pursuing prayer.

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