A Discussion On Killing And The Reasons For War, Christian
Militia Groups, God's Protection, The Office Of A Prophet,
Surrender In War, And Obeying God Or Government

This article is a continuation of some of the ideas I first
expressed in 'Killing And The Phinehas Priesthood'. In this
article I will be addressing the issue of killing as it
applies to those Christians who face the dilemma of
currently serving in, or having previously served in the
armed forces, as well as a number of other important related
issues. In the Book of Exodus, we find the Lord saying to

"Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13)

As stated in the previous article, despite this strict
commandment, throughout the Old Testament we find the
ancient Israelites going into battle after battle slaying
their enemies WITH THE BLESSING OF GOD. In one particular
battle, they only won as long as Moses held his hands up in
the air holding the rod of God. Whenever he would put his
hand down, the battle would turn against them. Finally, the
Prophet was so tired that they had to give him a rock to sit
on, and Aaron and Hur had to help Moses hold his arms in the
air until the sun went down:

"Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And
Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight
with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill
with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had
said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and
Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass,
when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when
he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands
were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and
he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the
one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and
his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And
Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of
the sword. And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a
memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua:
for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from
under heaven." (Exodus 17:8-14)

At first glance it appears that there is an inconsistency in
these verses which may be quite confusing to some. In one
instance, we have the Lord saying 'Thou shalt not kill', but
then turning around and condoning the battles of the Hebrew
children against their enemies. As I explaind in 'Killing
And The Phinehas Priesthood', there is absolutely no
contradiction here. While the Lord generally frowns upon
murder, the Hebrew nation's campaign to eradicate the pagan
nations from the land of Canaan was viewed by God as a
necessary extermination, just as a pest controller will
exterminate rats, cockroaches, or other vermin from one's
home or business. The question then arises: How does all of
this relate to modern-day Christians and the war-filled
world in which we live?

Being familiar with the Scriptures since my youth, I have
never felt comfortable with the idea of going to fight the
wars of the United States of America, especially since, in
my view, their motives have always been in question. Such
was the case with the Viet Nam war which was still in
progress when I was at the age to be drafted. As a young
Christian, I firmly stood my ground with the draft board and
thankfully was not made to go to war or to serve in the
military in any capacity. Instead of destroying lives, I was
dedicating myself to giving new life to others by helping
people to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and
Savior. Thus, while some were engaged in the war in Viet
Nam, either by choice, or because of the military draft, I
was engaged in a spiritual war to loose those who were bound
by Satan. As Paul said to Timothy:

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses." (1 Timothy 6:12)

As the words of Paul make clear, in God's eyes, being a
soldier for the Lord is indeed a very honourable and
legitimate profession. If you are interested in a more
in-depth look at what it means to truly live the Life of
Faith and give all to serve the Lord, please refer to such
articles as 'Where Are The First Century Churches' and 'The
Parable Of The Sower: Salvation And Service'. They present a
strong challenge for all Christians everywhere.

In thinking on this issue of war and killing, I recall an
answer I received from a preacher many years ago. This man
of God recounted the now-famous story of Sargeant Alvin York
who, as I recall, was a backwoodsman and dedicated
Christian. Because of his sharpshooting skills, he found
himself performing military duty during World War I. As a
child, I remember watching a biographical movie made about
this man. I believe it was Gregory Peck who starred in the
leading role as Sargeant York. To continue, the overall
statement made by this preacher is that sometimes it is
necessary to kill the evil folks, in that particular case
the Germans, in order to save the innocent. There is a
degree of wisdom in the answer he gave, but still we must
ask ourselves: Is this type of killing justifiable with God,
or is it just a ploy used by the Government to try to erase
the guilt many young men feel when they are called to go to

Putting aside the wars of the ancient Israelites, reflect on
the many wars, revolutions and skirmishes which have been
waged in our more recent history: the Christian Crusades,
the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Civil
War, the Bolshevik Revolution, WWI, WWII, the Korean War,
the Viet Nam War, the war in Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq war,
the Gulf War, the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict which
could break out into fullscale war at any time, the unrest
in Northern Ireland between Catholics and Protestants,
tribal wars in Africa, civil war in Bosnia-Hercegovina,
guerilla uprisings against repressive governments throughout
Latin America, and lastly, the assumed role of 'peacekeeper'
the American government has apparently taken in fighting
ruthless dictators, communism and other tyrants worldwide.
Just looking at this list, it is easy to see the fulfillment
of Jesus' own words regarding conditions during the Endtime
when He said:

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye
be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but
the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and
pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these
are the beginning of sorrows." (Matthew 24:6-8)

Clearly, we live in a world which is at war with itself, so
we must ask ourselves: Are any of these wars and conflicts
justifiable or condoned in the eyes of God? To begin to
answer this question, perhaps we need to consider the
motives which instigate these wars. The Bible clearly
defines the true motive for war. The Apostle James gave a
very definitive answer when he said:

"From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not
hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?"
(James 4:1)

Lust is a love for oneself, rather than a love for God and
fellow man. We could also describe it as greed, putting our
own wants and needs before those of others. On a personal
level we may lust for power, or perhaps for money, or for
fame, or perhaps we lust after some person. On a national
level, a country's government may be greedy for oil or for
other natural resources, or perhaps it desires to expand its
national territory or its political influence. Economic gain
has also been a motivation in some of our recent wars.
Regardless of what the motivating factor might be, the
result is always the same: confrontations, either on a
family level, on a neighborhood or city level, or on a
national or international level. This all comes about
because governments and people fail to take heed to the wise
counsel given by the Apostle Paul when he said:

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
(Philippians 4:11)

Just prior to His Crucifixion, when the Roman governor
Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if He were the King of the Jews,
Jesus replied as follows:

"...My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of
this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not
be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from
hence." (John 18:36)

Clearly, Jesus was saying that we Christians belong to
another Kingdom, the spiritual Kingdom of God. As such, it
is not our place to become involved in the wars and
political wranglings of worldly men and human governments.

Contrary to the violent at heart, and those who wage war on
this Earth, Jesus tells us:

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the Earth."
(Matthew 5:5)

When Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus,
the servant of the high priest following Jesus's betrayal,
the Lord warned Peter to put away his sword saying that they
that live by the sword shall be killed by the sword:

"Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let
him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no
sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto
you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in
me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the
things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord,
behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is
enough...And one of them smote the servant of the high
priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and
said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed
him." (Luke 22:36-38, 50-51)

"Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high
priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's
name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy
sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given
me, shall I not drink it?" (John 18:10-11)

"And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched
out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of
the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus
unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all
they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he
shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it
must be?" (Matthew 26:51-54)

When the Lord sent His angel to the Apostle John to give him
the message of the Book of Revelation, He continued this
message of non-violence when He said:

"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he
that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."
(Revelation 13:10)

In short, we reap exactly what we sow. If we sow war and
destruction, sooner or later, we will likewise reap the same
things upon ourselves. Life is indeed a boomerang, and God
is the one who is keeping the score.

Several decades ago, I recall speaking to a Christian man
who was totally convinced that in the Endtime, as with the
ancient armies of Israel, God's Endtime Church would take up
physical arms against the forces of the Endtime dictator
known as the Anti-Christ, or Beast. Being one who detests
war and all of the negative fruits of war, I found this
person's viewpoint to be rather startling and quite contrary
to my own beliefs. As I showed in 'Killing And The Phinehas
Priesthood', this attitude of committing violence is indeed
embraced by some so-called Christian militia groups within
the United States.

On the other hand, being the humans that we are, I can see
how Endtime Believers could quickly acquire a deep hatred
for the Beast and his forces when they begin their reign of
terror and persecution. Would this motivate some to take up
arms even though Jesus clearly said in John that His Kingdom
is not of this world, and that His servants should therefore
not fight? If sometime in the near future the anti-christ
forces were to invade your home and try to steal your
children from you for their re-indoctrination schools, to
make them properties of the State under the auspices of the
'International Rights Of The Child' or some other New World
agenda, would you just idlely stand by and let them do it?
Will the Lord just expect His children to give themselves up
as lambs for the slaughter so that both parents and their
children are persecuted, tortured and killed, much like the
early Christians who were used for sport in the Roman
coliseums? Obviously, if and when the time comes, we will
each have to make that decision on our own, based on our
personal convictions. Bear in mind that the possibility of
these things happening is based upon the understanding that
the reign of the Beast will be worldwide in scope. As I have
hinted in other articles, there is the possibility that his
reign of terror may be limited to the Middle East. Time will
certainly tell.

Personally, I have never owned a gun in my entire life and
have managed just fine without one. God has blessed and
protected me and my family for the peacemakers that we are.
I detest guns and believe that having one in your home for
your protection may be an accident just waiting to happen,
or an invitation to disaster. I believe in the power of
prayer. I believe as the Bible says, that the Lord encamps
His angels around those who fear Him:

"The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear
him, and delivereth them." (Psalm 34:7)

The reality of this verse is evidenced throughout the Old
Testament. As I discussed in my article, 'The Children Of
God And Politics', as long as the children of Israel
remained close to the Lord and obeyed His commandments, the
Lord blessed and prospered them. They didn't even have to
worry about their enemies. They had so many problems
fighting their other enemies, that they left Israel alone.
This was really due to the Lord protecting Israel. However,
every time they strayed away from the Lord and worshipped
pagan gods, the Lord was swift to send their enemies upon
them. The most notable example of this is of course the
invasion of Israel and the destruction of Jerusalem by
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. A major part of the Old
Testament consists of books written by Prophets who lived
and prophesied before, during and after the invasion by
Nebuchadnezzar. As can be seen by a thorough study of these
books, the invasion was imminent. The spiritual leaders and
governmental rulers of Israel knew it was coming, yet they
did not forsake their evil ways, and ultimately they paid
the price.

What is interesting to note about this time in Jewish
history is the message which was being conveyed to both the
rulers and the common people of that time by the Lord's
Prophets. Being a Prophet in those days was not a popular
thing. Consider the difficult job the Lord had given them to
do: to expose the sins of Israel, to tell them to repent and
get right with God, to warn them that they were going to be
invaded and dominated. Of course, the leaders of the day did
not want to hear this kind of talk. They wanted to shut up
these Prophets of God. In the case of the young Prophet
Jeremiah, he was accused of being a traitor to his country
and thrown into prison by the underlings of King Zedekiah.
The king later showed mercy to the young prophet by
restricting him to the prison court and gave him a ration of
bread to eat. However due to pressure from the enemies of
Jeremiah, the Prophet was then thrown into a mud pit where
he was later rescued by his Ethiopian friend Ebed-melech.
You can read all about this in the thirty-seventh and the
thirty-eighth chapters of the Book of Jeremiah.

At this point, the reader may be wondering what the
connection is between this story of ancient Israel and our
current topic. The full content of Jeremiah's message to
Israel is the key issue here. In the world today, we live in
a society based on fear. The psychology which persisted
during the Cold War period is clear evidence of this. Day in
and day out, Americans were told that we had to watch out
for and fight against communism. The whole justification
given by the American government during the Viet Nam War was
that we had to stop communism from spreading throughout
SouthEast Asia. Many Americans became so paranoid that they
imagined that there might be a communist lurking behind
every bush, or maybe on every American college campus, or in
every youth group sit-in. We were made to believe that there
were enemies all around, whether they were real or imagined.
In fact, one theory holds that former President John F.
Kennedy was assassinated because some members of the
right-wing factions of American government feared he was
selling America into the hands of the communists.

The point is, if we as individuals or as a nation are right
with God and pleasing Him, if we are truly a Christian
nation, then we should have nothing to fear. As the verse
from Psalm thirty-four says, He will indeed encamp His
angels round about us and protect us, IF we fear Him, and
that is the key here. In the days of ancient Israel, it is
obvious that they no longer feared the Lord as they should
have. After all, if they had, they wouldn't have gone a
whoring after literally dozens of false pagan gods. It is
because they no longer feared the Lord and openly rebelled
against Him that the judgments of God became imminent upon
Israel. Exactly what was the full content of Jeremiah's
message? Did he tell King Zekekiah and the people to rebel
and fight against the coming Babylonian army? No, quite to
the contrary. He told them to surrender:

"Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the
God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go
forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul
shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and
thou shalt live, and thine house: But if thou wilt not go
forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city
be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn
it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.
And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the
Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me
into their hand, and they mock me. But Jeremiah said, They
shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of
the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto
thee, and thy soul shall live. But if thou refuse to go
forth, this is the word that the LORD hath shewed me:"
(Jeremiah 38:17-21)

Jeremiah was basically telling the king to surrender and to
submit to the king of Babylon. Like other Prophets who
preached during his time, he knew that this was a judgment
come from the Lord to punish the house of Israel, a judgment
which would last for seventy years. This is why Jeremiah was
hated and deemed a traitor. Notice that rather than fear the
words of the Lord through the Prophet, we are told that
Zedekiah feared his own people more.

Consider in our modern day, for example, if during the era
of the Cold War, a communist invasion of America seemed
imminent. The typical American attitude, the typical military
attitude, would be to go down fighting, and anyone who
wouldn't pick up a gun to defend America against 'those
dirty commies' would be considered a coward and a traitor,
just like Jeremiah and other Prophets were. If some person
of God were to say, 'No, don't fight against the
communists, this is a judgment come from God', he would be
laughed at and scorned, spit upon and probably thrown in
jail just as was the young Prophet Jeremiah, accused of
siding with the enemy.

That God used one nation to punish another is evident
throughout the Old Testament. Time after time Israel was
harassed by her enemies when she strayed from the Lord. If
America claims to be the Christian nation of the world, why
should she be any different from ancient Israel? If the
Lord's Prophets told the people of Israel not to resist King
Nebuchadnezzar, would He expect anything less of His
children today if such a threat existed? I think not. Is it
really 'better to be dead than Red' as the famous saying
goes? Is it better to be dead than alive? Apparently King
Zedekiah thought so. He didn't take heed to the words of the
Prophet Jeremiah, but rather chose to rebel against the King
of Babylon. As a result, his immediate family and all of the
leadership was slain, and the king's eyes were plucked out
and he was carried to Babylon where he died in prison:

"And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before
his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of
Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and
put him in prison till the day of his death."
(Jeremiah 52:10-11)

The leadership of Israel did not have to die. Jeremiah told
them that their lives would be spared if they just accepted
the invasion as being a chastisement from God for their many
sins. But they refused to listen. What would Americans do
today if such a threat were present? Considering how far
they have strayed away from God, and how haughty and
self-confident they have become, I don't doubt that they
would suffer a similar fate as that of King Zedekiah and his
cronies. They wouldn't see the invasion as a punishment from

Getting back to the issue of owning a gun, if one does not
have faith in the Lord, then obviously, they will have to
provide for their own protection in another way. Thus, we
have a society living in fear dangerously armed with
handguns, automatic weapons and other lethal weapons. If
riots and revolution ever do break out in the continental
United States Of America as some foresee happening in the
near future, it will definitely be a real bloodbath!

In 'Killing And The Phinehas Priesthood', I shared the many
different Hebrew words which are all translated as 'kill' in
the Old Testament of the Authorized King James Bible. While
the Hebrews did use specific words to convey a different
form of killing, this still leaves us with a dilemma, and
that is this: Who then has the rightful authority to
determine what is to be considered justifiable killing, and
what is to be considered murder in our modern society? What
gives human governments the right to determine what is
legitimate war, and what isn't? From a Biblical perspective,
it would seem that God is the only One who has the right to
do this, as He is the one who gave us life to begin with. He
is the one who breathes the Breath of Life into every baby
that is created. It is not just merely a biological process.
Remember, Adam was formed from the dust of the ground as a
whole man, but until God breathed the Breath of Life into
him, he was just a dead lifeless body. It is God who puts
that spark of life inside a mother's womb. All things were
and are created by the Will of God:

"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by him, and for him:"
(Colossians 1:16)

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:11)

In the Old Testament, the determination as to who lived and
who died was made directly by the Lord Himself. As I explain
in my article 'The Children Of God And Politics', under God's
original plan, the children of Israel were not meant to be
governed by an earthly king, but rather by Prophets and
Judges chosen and annointed directly by God. The Lord spoke
directly with these people via dreams, revelations,
miraculous appearances, etc. These Prophets and Judges would
then convey God's messages to the people. It was because of
these direct revelations that the ancient Israelites were so
successful in their battles against the pagan armies while
conquering the Promised Land. When the Lord told them to
fight, they would fight, and if He told them not to, then
they wouldn't. As long as they looked to Him for direct
guidance and didn't worship the pagan gods and idols, the
Lord blessed them. Unfortunately, after the children of
Israel demanded an earthly king, thus rejecting the Lord's
direct supervision and guidance, things really began to fall
apart at the seams. While they did inherit the Promised
Land, their history from that time until today has been one
plagued with many problems.

In our world today, governments no longer have this direct
connection or revelation from God. In fact, many, if not
most of them, have even rejected the belief in a Supreme
Being. As such, most decisions they make nowadays are made
in their own strength and wisdom, which is totally contrary
to the Word of God:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Being the imperfect institutions that human governments are,
should we even trust that their judgment is the same as
God's judgement? After all, as we are told by the Prophet

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my
thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Unless one is a Believer and has the mind of Christ, as is
spoken about by the Apostle Paul, how do we know that their
decisions are the correct ones? Questions like this one are
particularly of concern to sincere Christians who are faced
with the possibility of serving military duty, or who are
already serving in some branch of the armed services. One
set of verses which are invariably mentioned by those who
find themselves in such a predicament, are the following
written by Paul in his Epistle to the Romans:

"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there
is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of
God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the
ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to
themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good
works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the
power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of
the same:" (Romans 13:1-3)

In a case like this where a Christian person has either
unwisely chosen military duty, or else has been forced into
serving his country through mandatory laws or a draft, the
only thing that we can do is to pray for him. More
specifically, we should pray that God will make a way for
him to get out of that situation if it is at all possible.
Consider what Paul said in his Epistle to the church at
Corinth when he was dealing with them regarding their sexual

"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot
save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:"
(Isaiah 59:1)

"For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,
believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to
man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be
tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
(1 Corinthians 10:13)

Most of us underestimate the power of prayer. God can and
will do miracles if we have the faith and are desperate
enough. People have been known to be released from military
service due to their Christian beliefs. As stated
previously, I personally was dead set against the Viet Nam
war. I stood my ground as a Christian, and thanks to the
prayers of friends, the Lord did not fail me. It really
comes down to how much faith and conviction you have as a
Christian. How much are you willing to go against the
System? If you do manage to be released from your military
obligation, how much are you willing to endure any verbal or
physical persecution, or discrimination which might come
your way because of your decision?

One point worth mentioning is that some people convert to
Christianity after they are already in the military
establishment. What about them? As previously stated, prayer
does work miracles, but at the same time, if the Lord does
not deliver you from your situation, then perhaps He has a
reason for it. Maybe He has chosen you to reach people
within the military establishment, just as Joseph, Daniel,
Esther and a few others worked from within the governments
of their day. The main thing you need to remember is that
God does not make mistakes, and even your own mistakes can
be used for God's glory if you cry out to Him. Who knows, if
you start preaching the Gospel to all of your comrades,
maybe they will get so tired of you that they will gladly
boot you out of the service! But if not, then He must have a
specific reason for having you where you are. As Paul said
in his letter to the Romans:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Another point which is important to remember is that as long
as you have free will, absolutley no one can force you to
pick up a gun and kill another human being; and that goes
for flying a jet, launching a missle, laying mines, using
biological weapons, remote controlled devices, electro-
magnetic weapons, or whatever other toys of destruction the
military uses these days. If you protest strongly enough,
you will hopefully never even find yourself in a situation
where you will be confronted by these things. Perhaps you
will be assigned to a non-violent post such as working in an
office. Of course, as I already mentioned, you must also
realize that you should be prepared for some form of
retribution from those who are more 'patriotic' and 'macho'
than yourself, including your commanding officers and your
fellow soldiers who may view you as a 'wimp'. In the final
analysis, you must decide beforehand how much punishment
and/or ridicule you are prepared to take for the cause of
Christ. Here are some verses which may be an encouragement
to you in your time of need:

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are
not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's
sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may
be glad also with exceeding joy." (1 Peter 4:13)

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
suffer persecution." (2 Timothy 3:12)

In conclusion, what is deemed to be murder, and what is
considered to be justifiable killing, is clearly determined
by those in power according to their own agendas, regardless
of what the Bible might say. While killing a person in a
convenience store to obtain money to buy drugs is viewed as
cold-blooded murder, forcefully going into a foreign country
under false pretences to grab control of their natural
resources or to incapacitate a leader who does not tow the
line of your government is viewed as a heroic act. In short,
using force and violence, whether it be on a personal or
national level, is wrong. In this day and age of high tech
society and fast living, it seems that we no longer know how
to use talk and peaceful diplomacy to resolve our
differences. While diplomatic meetings are still held,
sometimes those involved in them do not trust each other and
merely exchange boldface lies while they shake hands with a
plastic smile etched on their faces. Sometimes such meetings
are only used to buy more time while both parties continue
to build up their military forces in preparation for an
inevitable military confrontation.

What is particularly sad about this confrontational
mentality is that even young children are growing up with
the mistaken idea that if a person wants something bad
enough, the only way to get it is through force and
violence. This is easily observable in children who are
constantly exposed to all kinds of violence on television.
If that weren't enough, some irresponsible parents think
nothing of buying their children such things as toy guns,
soldiers, video games full of violence and destruction, etc.
Truly, these misguided parents will reap what they sow, for
as we are told in the Book of Proverbs:

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is
old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

This verse can work in either direction. As parents, we can
help our children to grow up into God-fearing responsible
loving adults, or we can watch as they turn into unloving,
selfish violent children of hell who think nothing of
resorting to violence to achieve their goals.

In conclusion, wars today are NOT the result of some holy
righteous cause ordained by the Lord as in the days of
ancient Israel, but are rather the result of a lustful greed
for power and wanting more than one's share of the pie.
Technologically developed nations consume much more than
their share of natural resources, while weaker developing
nations barely get by. To sustain their lavish lifestyles,
these richer nations will use their armies, exercise unfair
economic practices, incite civil unrest in foreign nations
to weaken their defenses, and use other unscrupulous methods
in order to steal from their neighbors. Power is the name of
the game, and those who are on top are the ones who make the
rules, and that includes the rules regarding killing, murder
and war.

Regardless of what worldly governments or worldly people may
do, as Christians, we must learn to have a clean conscience
before the Lord and to do what is right in His eyes, even
when it is not popular in the eyes of men. After all, as the
Apostle Paul once said:

"...let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind...So
then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
(Romans 14:5b, 12)

I trust that this study has been a help and an encouragement
to you. As a supplement to this article, I suggest you read
some of my other papers on the topics of politics, war and
violence such as 'The Children Of God And Politics,'
'Babylon The Great Whore', 'Killing And The Phinehas
Priesthood', 'The Mystery Of Cornelius The Centurion', and
'The Fruits Of Disobedience'.



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