A Texas police officer has written a self-published book in which he uses the Bible to justify killing…you know…for Jesus.
SWAT officer Charlie Eipper says that he is sure that Jesus–a man of peace–supported the use of deadly force in the line of duty and explains his positions in his book, Jesus Christ on Killing. Unsurprisingly, he says he was motivated to write the book after watching Rambo IV.
“He didn’t want to, but finally did. Their boat got taken over by river pirates. He had to kill them to save everybody,” Eipper recalls. “When Rambo was dropping the missionaries off at their destination, the lead missionary was stepping off the boat and turned to Rambo. ‘I know you think what you did is right,’ the missionary said, ‘but it’s never right to take a life.’”
Eipper cringed. “I thought, ‘What if there’s a young believer in Christ watching this? What if it’s somebody who is in the Marine Corps? Or an officer? They’re going to be so confused. They’ll think, ‘Surely this guy is speaking on authority of Scripture.’”
Apparently, society has Jesus all wrong–but Eipper doesn’t! He told the Wichita Falls Times Record that today’s culture embraces Christ as the “suffering servant, the lamb of God.” He added, “We have trouble viewing him as king, as the one who is coming back as the Lion of Judah, a warrior. My last chapter is Jesus, the Man of War.”
Eipper, who has exercised deadly force “several” times, claims that his biblical research has led him to believe that the use of deadly force is quite fine–and that what he is doing is OK. “It’s part of my ministry,” he said, adding “When Jesus comes back, he will be the man of war.
Jesus’ battle plan has yet to unfold, he said. “When Jesus comes back, he will be the man of war. When he comes back, there will be a whole lot of killing going on. Scripture says that (Jesus) is going to be the one doing it. Our Savior will be going to battle. Finally, Israel will see their national salvation occurring.”