1.1 The morality of arming and organizing
"He said to them, 'But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.'"
— Jesus Christ (Luke 22:36)
1.1.1 Biblical inspiration and authority
Before we can rightly consider arming and organizing ourselves as a militia, we mustconsider whether or not doing so is the right thing to do. Later on we will see that wehave the historical and constitutional right to form a militia. But ultimately, right andwrong is determined by God's will, and God's will is determined from the Bible. Whyturn to the Bible to answer our questions about right and wrong?
If you are a Bible believer, you must be committed to following its moral standards. If you do not believe the Bible, you should still know and weigh what it says and use it to justify your actions to Bible believers.
To answer this question we will briefly look at what the Bible says about its owninspiration, inerrancy, sufficiency, and authority.First, look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17: "All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful forteaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God maybe thoroughly equipped for every good work." Here the apostle Paul is teaching us thatthe Bible (or Scriptures) are inspired by God or God-breathed. Take careful note of twothings that Paul says are God-breathed or inspired. He says that "all Scripture is God-breathed." Notice here that it is the actual Scriptures themselves, the words of the Bible,that are inspired (God-breathed) and not simply the authors. God gave us the precisewording of the Bible in its original Hebrew and Greek, not just the main ideas. Paul alsosays that "all Scripture is God-breathed." It is not just portions of the Bible that areinspired but all of it. We therefore say that the Bible is the word of God! This testimonythat the Bible is the word of God runs throughout the whole Bible. (See, for example,Exodus 34:27, 2 Samuel 23:2, Jeremiah 26:2, John 12:49, John 17:8, 1 Corinthians 14:37,and Revelation 2:18.)Now to say that the entire Bible is equally inspired word-for- word does not necessarilymean that it is all of equal value or interest to us. It simply means that word-for-word itall came from God.The Bible is word-for-word the word of God. Therefore it is completely true or withoutany errors. This is what we mean by "inerrancy." Think about it. If God knowseverything (1 John 3:20) and cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18), and if the Bible's words areGod's words, then there cannot be any mistakes in the Bible. Otherwise, God wouldeither have to be wrong himself or lying to us.