Jesus practiced love of enemy to his own death, and the New Testament presents this teaching as an unqualified commandment to be obeyed by his followers (Matthew 5.39; 44). This is in stark contrast to Jesus’ own Jewish Law and tradition regarding “holy war” (Deuteronomy 20) and lethal self-defense (Exodus 22.2).

This site will also explore how Pacifism and Nonresistance movements, mainly of the last century, have misrepresented the New Testament’s prohibition on the use of lethal violence for Christians.

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September 7, 2020

Would Jesus Have Killed His Enemies?

By Bill Wachtel In defense of Christian participation in war, some mention Cornelius as having no negative mention in the New Testament. All agree that Christ […]
September 7, 2020

Nonviolence begets violence

I grew up agnostic and, like the Apostle Paul himself confesses, “a violent person.” Now by violent I don’t mean I was looking for a fight, […]
September 7, 2020

Resist not evil by violence

Non-resistance preserves; resistance destroys. It is much safer to act justly than unjustly; to endure an offense rather than resist it by violence; safer even in […]

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'Love your enemies so you can become children of God, the Father.'

Matthew 5.43-48