Chuck Baldwin, a rightwing[nut] Christian pastor and radio show host tells his flock of sheep that the Bible—a 2700-year-old history book—requires Christians to own semi-automatic rifles, and that Christians who don’t have a semi-automatic weapon in their homes have “denied the Christian faith” and are “worse than a heathen.”
And this is the Bible verse he says proves his point … from 1 Timothy 5:8:
"Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
This one sentence is in the middle of a long paragraph how Christians are supposed to treat widows and elders because, any fool who isn’t a lunatic like “Pastor” Chuck Baldwin, knows that when the Bible was written there was no such things as guns, much less semi-automatic weapons.
Still, Chuck Baldwin, Gun Nut Preacher™, maintains that the passage has nothing to do with providing food and shelter for poor relatives, it shows “a duty to provide for your family" by way of weaponry:
“Therefore, you must have the means of self-defense.”
Now, say that his wacknut interpretation is true, that you need to be able to protect yourself; couldn’t you take a self-defense class, or alarm your home, or, and this doesn’t thrill me either, buy a handgun?
Nope, says Baldwin, the semi-automatic weapon, designed to kill many and kill fast is what the Bible commands of you.
“That is a biblical requirement.”
I guess all those Biblical passages about nonviolence are optional.