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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November 17, 2020

Augustine’s Stance on War

By Warren Harrington in From the Eye of the Storm, eds., Kaplan, Bove. 4. Letter to Marcellinus Marcellinus, Imperial Commissioner at Carthage, wrote Augustine for help […]
November 17, 2020

Do Violence to No One

SECTION XX. The injunction of John the Baptist to the soldiers, to be content with their wages, considered. One of the principal arguments drawn from the […]
November 17, 2020

Politics and Preaching

By Chuck Jones. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world; if it were, my subjects would fight.” Fighting as the world fights, boycotts, petitions, […]

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

Matthew 5.43-48