Gun control grifter, Taylor Schumann, has increased her apostate media bylines to include Christianity Today. In promotion of her upcoming book, When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough, Christianity Today published an adaption of one of her chapters in which she is enraged about people questioning her faith because of her support for gun control. The article is titled, “Are We Attempting to Serve Two Masters, Jesus and Gun Rights?” and was lampooned so hard on social media she locked her Twitter account.
When I began to publicly speak out about gun reform, I expected the backlash and the criticism. What I did not expect were the attacks on my faith and my character from people who claim to follow Jesus. Even though I had spent almost all of my life in a conservative and religious area of the country where many people own firearms, I never grasped just how enmeshed it all is.
I was somehow labeled unpatriotic and un-American for wanting to reduce gun violence. I was told that I hate my country, that I should be more grateful to be an American, that I was attacking a God-given right. I have frequently been told that what happened to me is simply a price we pay for freedom. I have been called an angry and emotional woman. I have been accused of using my victimhood to become famous.
I think we should question the faith of anyone who writes for apostate media outlets like Sojourners and Christianity Today. But that aside, gun control is an immoral policy because it strips the freedoms away from the citizenry. It weakens the ability to protect self, family, even country. It’s a prelude to tyranny, like lockdowns.
Gun reform isn’t about taking away everyone’s guns, or even the right to own one. But I ask you: even if it was, even if guns were banned tomorrow, why should we be so afraid? If you know and love Jesus and are going to spend eternity in Heaven with him, why does the idea of not having guns anymore scare you so much?
It’s important to not that she uses the blanket term “gun reform” and offers zero specifics in her article. This should be taken as a hint that she supports gun confiscation.
When we recite the Lord’s Prayer, we say “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” There are no guns in heaven. When I pray this prayer, I ask that God would help me bring some of his kingdom to earth. I pray that, in the same way, there would be no gun violence here on Earth, just as there is no gun violence in heaven.
This is perhaps the dumbest argument in the article, that there are no guns in Heaven. There are probably no dogs in Heaven either, although I believe there will be animals. This is a non-sequitur. The fact that someone with this writing capacity was given a book deal, by Intervarsity Press, shows that she is grifting off of her victimhood status, as her critics argue.
Many people own guns for the just in case, the maybe, the what-ifs. Meanwhile, I live in a constant state of the reality, the actual, and the absolute. My reality is the same as thousands of others in America who wake up from a nightmare at 3am and can’t sleep. Who operate in a dull state of chronic pain. Who cower at the sound of a car backfiring. Who wonder if the bullet fragments left in their body are poisoning them or damaging their bodies as they move around inching closer to the surface of their skin.
It’s important to note the postmodernist language and view of reality as subjective. And yet, she is advocating that public policy be dictated by nightmares and anxiety.
Jesus says to inherit eternal life we must love God, and we must love our neighbor. Then he tells us what loving our neighbor looks like. He says go and do. Imagine a scenario in which the Good Samaritan passed by the man dying on the side of the road and stopped down to offer his thoughts and prayers and then go on his merry way. This man is called good because he cared for this man’s physical needs, because he showed this man mercy, not because he simply prayed for this man to be helped.Emphasis added
This is actual heresy. She states that in order to be saved we must love God and our neighbor. These two commandments are the summary of the law. The law does not save us. To say that the law saves us, as Taylor Schumann clearly did, is to preach a false gospel. It must be further noted that Christianity Today published this heresy. We fail to live up to the standard of loving God and out neighbors. That’s why we need a savior. It’s the atonement of Jesus on the cross that pays the penalty for our sins not our ability to love God and out neighbors.
Moreover, her explanation of what her salvation looks like evolves into more legalism because she is adding rules to Scripture based on her interpretation, not Scripture’s, how how to execute her false gospel. We should base our understanding of how to love God and love our neighbor in Scripture, not the standards of the world or our feelings.
I want to end gun violence. I want no one else to have to suffer as a result of this horrific crisis. But what I want even more than that, is for Christians to take up their place in this fight. I want them to finally open their eyes to this injustice all around them, and to show the world we are here and we care and we will work to protect each other. I want us to stop enabling violence and instead seek peace, even if it costs us something.
She then argues that in order to love our neighbor we must push gun control. Of course this comes at the expense of loving our neighbors who are pro-2A. Those neighbors, we must strip their freedoms because that’s the Christ-like thing to do. In opposition, what Taylor Schumann is advocating will kill the witness of the church in America. Everyday working Americans see no difference between the institution of the church and the secular institutions pushing Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Add gun control to that and see what happens.
We have the ability to bring the Kingdom of God to this earth with our hands and our feet. If the goal of being a follower of Jesus is to be more like him and to invite other people into His kingdom, then this would be a great place to start.
We can’t keep trying to serve two masters. We can’t keep passing the dying man on the side of the road. We’ve desperately tried for decades to hold a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other and we have no hands left to serve each other, or Jesus. We have to choose. We have to lay one down. So I ask, who will you serve this day?
Postmillennialist deny that we have the ability to make earth more like Heaven, as their theology teaches that God will do this work. Man is incapable of this. Her closing call to action is projection. She is serving two masters or just one false gospel.
Taylor Schumann is extremely careless in her writing. For lamenting what her critics say to her, she spent no effort trying to rebut their actual arguments in this article which is an adaptation of a chapter in her book. I cannot imagine writing a nonfiction book that is so imprecise in its argumentation and with flagrant disregard for hermeneutics, theology, and logical fallacies. She makes Robin DiAngelo sound like an intellectual.
But because she is a victim, Big Eva will groom her for book deals. The grift goes both ways.