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Lisa February 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

This was a great article and I enjoyed the information in it. The military does go to great lengths to protect us and our freedom. My little brother just today is on his way back from his second tour in Kuwait. Please pray for his safe return and the days and months that lie ahead of him as it is a hard transition for a soldier and their families to reconnect. God bless all the soldiers that fight for Him. Have a great day!

Jack February 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Amen Lisa….we will be praying for your brother and all the military men and women who serve their country and are our heroes and heroines and true patriots. And yes, God bless all of our armed forces. Thank you too for your comment and visiting our website.

Wesley Springfield September 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Do the thousands of women and children killed by “our” soldiers in our imperial occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan mean anything to God? Are American lives more important to God than those who live in other countries? Do you truly believe that American forces aer “fighting for Him?” Are they not in reality fighting for the right of American oil companies and Wall street to maximize profit all over the globe? This article is one of the most depressing I’ve read in quite some time.

Jack Wellman September 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Thank you Mr. Springfield. No where in this article have I endorsed the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. This article pertains only to defending one’s nation and I was not saying anything about killing thousands of women & children in this article for oil. I am sorry this article depressed you sir but show me where in this article that is expressly wrong in the Scriptures that I quoted. This is strictly a biblical article on the theological reasons to go to war if need be, not to kill innocent people for oil. I am not sure where you came up with this idea sir.

Christopher December 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Christians participating in the military/fighting for their country (and the killing of others) being a godly endeavor is making the assumption that the military’s mission is a Godly one…Which often times, is as far from the truth as could be. I feel doubtful that Jesus would support many of the world’s current governments.

Michael January 31, 2013 at 12:48 am

Your article on Christians going to war I felt was incomplete. I felt like you basically did what most people do when the bible has a hard teaching, and that is fit to word the around what it is you think. In the article you neglected to say that up until the third century Christians did not go to war. In fact it wasn’t until Constantin came along and either misunderstood the sign God was giving him, or just flat out lied that Christians went to war. I noticed how you used a verse like “take up your sword and follow me” to mean the physical sword instead of saying what it really means which is the word of God. You also neglected to tell people how Jesus told Peter to put away your sword those who live by the sword shall die it. Jesus also, commented that he could have called on 12 legions of angels if he wanted to he certainly did not need someone to defend him with a sword. There’s much more I could say this subject and do not come from a lack of experience. I spent 17 years in the army not as a cook or a mechanic but as an infantryman, and after really reading The Word and not listening to preachers who because of their own lack of faith in this area tell everybody that it is okay to go to war I got out of the army. Rather it’s okay to be fearful it’s a normal reaction to violets, however just because we can’t imagine jesus defending us does not mean we should leave everyone else on stray. I would love to hear back from you on this. Love your Brother

Steve May 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

I disagree. The “swords” Jesus talked about to His disciples was a metaphor for the word of God. In other words, it is “the word of God” that is “enough”. And it parallels the several times in the new testament that the “word of God” is compared to a “2-edged sword”.

You also leave out peace and anti-war related verses such as the prophecy of Zecharia “The warriors bow shall be banished, and and he shall proclaim peace to the nations”. Zecharia 9:10

I will admit to being confused by what appears to be a paradox between end of Romans Ch. 12 and then chapter 13. The end of 12 is the famous passage that tells us to leave all vengeance to God. And not to return any evil with evil. By returning evil, I believe they clearly meant the use of any violent means. As you point out, 13 then mentions authorities use of the sword.

However, even Revelations indicates that God allows evil to exist, and we are not to raise a hand to stop it. And if we are “Destined for captivity or the sword…such is the faithful endurance of the holy ones” Rev. 13, then so be the will of God. We are not obligated (and I think actually prohibited) from using violence to even defend our’s or others lives. We are only obligated to never deny the lord’s name, and use his “words” as our “sword”.

Carolann March 30, 2014 at 11:32 am

Jesus was not telling his disciples to purchase a sword (a piece of steel to kill with) but ‘the written words of scripture’. Christ never spoke of killing in the NT. The OT had been fulfilled by Christ. If we are true Christians we know Christ’s words were always about our sacrifice to Him in keeping His commandments and the eternal life will be our reward. Therefore, what life on earth holds for us is not important. It is about our spirit and our faith and trust in awaiting His return to be resurrected to eternal life with Him. If the ‘sword’ is the translation as a piece of steel to kill with, then in all the centuries that have followed since that time, things have only gotten enormously worse.

Cris September 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

To those that do not think it is ever right to go to war. Was it not right to stop Hitler from his extermination of the Jews? Was it not right from stopping Hitler’s attempt to dominate the world? The only way that Hitler was going to be stopped was by defeating him on the battle field. Should it have only been left up to non-Christians to defeat Hitler? No. Christians share the responsibility of confronting evil.

Jack Wellman September 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Amen Cris…spot on my friend. I have had a long of angry responses to this but I believe what you said is exactly right…and I agree and that was why I wrote this. Thank you so much.

Mike February 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm

As of today, the number of innocent babies slaughtered (aborted) in the US from 1973 (Roe vs. Wade) is over 56 million with approximately 1 million being aborted every year. Perhaps we don’t contemplate the scope of this evil simply because abortions have been legalized and we don’t physically see it happening before our eyes. However, the reality is that every second, about 1.9 innocent babies are killed or about 2,700 per day. Honestly, I don’t see much difference between the evil that is done in the US to what Germany did.
Do you think Christians have the right to stop abortions in the same context that the US helped stop Germany from exterminating Jews (i.e. kill those who “exterminate” innocent babies through abortions)?

Jack Wellman February 21, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Please forgive my late response sir to this question and comment. I totally concur Mike about your comparing abortion to the genocide in Germany of the Jews. You are so right sir. The U.S. I believe is under God’s judgment right now and just because it comes slow doesn’t mean it won’t come surely and perhaps suddenly. I am in total agreement with the heinous nature of abortion (please read this sir at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-abortion-a-christian-study/) and you are right…we don’t see the scope of these millions of babies murdered. We turn and look away pretending that it’s okay.

Mike February 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Jack, you bring up an example that if ungodly nations were to take over vast regions of the earth then God would not be properly worshipped since God hates idolatry and punishes nations for this. Right before bringing up this example, you say that “Loving your neighbor is in keeping with the Old and New Testament but God’s holiness must be protected, even at the expense of slaying them with the sword.”
My question is: Would God justify a nation that invades, for example, India (whose citizens worship many gods) “slaying them with the sword” so that God’s holiness could be protected?

Martha Fuller August 19, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Hi Jack, I don’t understand how anyone could conclude Jesus is referring to the Word of God in the Like 22 passage. Even though the Word is described as a Sword in Scripture, here it is clear by the context Jesus is talking about protecting the money in their bags and to do with force if necessary. He is describing a literal sword and the disciples understood that because they asked if two swords were going to be enough protection. Usually we simply need to read the Bible and use the same common sense when we use when we read any other literature. Doing this first will allow the Spirit to teach what He wants us to understand as we study the passage. Thank you for this carefully written article.

Jack Wellman August 19, 2019 at 8:15 pm

Hello Martha. Thank you for your comment. You are likely referring to Luke 22:36-38 which says, ” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

Notice the conjunction of Jesus at beginning of verse 37, saying, “For” which is like “Because”, then He states the Scripture must be fulfilled and part of that fulfillment came when Peter sliced one of the men’s ear off, but also may refer to the coming persecution after Jesus’ death on the cross and ascension into heaven. All but one of the apostles would be martyred, but I cannot believe Jesus would refer to the sword just to protect the money bag. The “and” at the end of verse 36 indicates a change of subject, so the sword has nothing to do with the apostles protecting the moneybag. That makes no sense in this context.

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