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Onward Christian . . . Pacifists?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/11/13

If you’re a Christian, great! If you’re a pacifist, well, that’s your choice. If you’re a Christian Pacifist, that’s between you and Providence. But don’t declare Christianity is aligned with pacifism. Such is not the case.

Jesus Himself told people to arm themselves. He went to far as to say if they didn’t have a specific weapon used in modern-day (at that time) warfare, they should suffer from the weather in order to obtain such a weapon. Check it out. It’s in there (to borrow from an old spaghetti sauce commercial). So, if Jesus, who declared “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” said to people to arm themselves with weapons used in modern warfare in that time, there is no possible way that He was a pacifist.

Those of you who are pacifists need to thank those who girded themselves with modern-day swords, shields, breastplates and went into physical battle to preserve your freedom, else you would be either serfs, slaves or non-existent today.

Again, there is no doctrine in the Bible where pacifism fits. Nothing in the Old Testament, which is the “mirror” nor in the New Testament, which is the “comb.” Much of both make heavy use of militaristic language, which is the antithesis to pacifism. Be a pacifist all you want, but don’t claim that’s what Christianity is about, because it isn’t.

4 Responses to “Onward Christian . . . Pacifists?”

  1. Perry said

    “Jesus Himself told people to arm themselves.”

    You need to document that assertion, John.


  2. John Hitchcock said

    Luke 22:35-37 (New International Version)

    35Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”
    “Nothing,” they answered.

    36He 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. 37It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors'[a]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”


  3. John Hitchcock said

    As usual, Perry chooses not to acknowledge factual evidence he demands. I have lost track of how many times he has done that on Common Sense Political Thought and Gold-Plated Witch On Wheels (both in my side-bar). This sort of action is why I coined the term: “Helen Keller” partisan.


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