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News Item8/23/19 9:19 AM
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Mike wrote:
Appreciate the Gill quote, esp since I am not one of his biggest fans.

The only intruders I have encountered are squirrels, but they were armed with black walnuts. I suppose being black walnuts, they might have been more dangerous than English walnuts, also grown in this area, but squirrels run when they hear a loud noise anyway.

Question for you, John. What is the difference between preventing an intruder from doing harm in your house, and preventing one from doing harm at a gathering of the church?

me neither, to be honest, Mike. But you know my spiritual father was born in Mississippi, and he is not available free with e-sword. Not that his theology is all that hot, mind.

So it is all hypothetical stuff, eh? Balance of power thing.

I witnessed with mine own eyes, in a community house church in England, where a strong, young lad lived and worked, who took exception to having his radio confiscated (which is against house church rules to have one) and he attacked an elder of the church just prior to the commencement of the evening meeting. The elder, being rather small and weak would have taken quite a beating, had it not been for several of "the brothers" who brought him under control.


News Item8/23/19 6:58 AM
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Christopher000 wrote:
Ok John, I'll think on it for a few. I didn't include any scriptures, for the sole reason that I feel they've all been exhausted, from both sides, and there was nothing new that I could think of to add to all that have already been posted up. My approach was to keep them all in mind, and give my take on things from a common sense, biblical perspective, as I see things, anyway, keeping the whole of scripture in mind.
Scripture doesn't necessarily condone or forbid in a way where we can post up a clear, all-encompassing verse or passage, that lays out the answer clearly enough to put the topic to bed, so I went at it at a different angle.
Well Christopher, I can post up for your perusal plenty of NT examples of blood spilt or at the very least the churches attacked, members beaten, falsely charged and imprisoned, beheadings, stoning to death, and all the rest of it. And not one peep of any church member fighting for their survival with any weapon. Are you thinking that these battles were just not recorded in scripture? Or would you agree with me that there were no such battles?

News Item8/23/19 6:29 AM
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Christopher000 wrote:
Hey John,
I didn't forget about you yesterday, and poked away at my answer throughout the day. Well, I think most here already know I have some issues, and the response ended up being 5-pages long. I hadn't planned on that, but I really can't shorten it, either, and still have it all make sense.
So, the question is, do I post it anyway? I don't want to upset anyone, because I know my long rants can get tiring and old.
Christopher, my stock answer is John 2:5.

But don't forget that we would all love to have 3,000 characters or more to properly explain our comments.

Tell you what, why not post up your first scripture with explanation and then we can discuss it.
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BTW Mike, the quote from Gill was in response to your post. I think it should meet with approval.

Thanks for the explanation about your 1-shot. It concerns me that if you miss, the intruder may use the time you take to reload to do you a mischief.


News Item8/23/19 5:29 AM
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The Quiet Christian wrote:
John UK asks "Was it really worth it?"
I say it is. There are ideas worth fighting and dying for.
QC, think about this a little more carefully. If a man is going to live and die for a particular cause, it is commendable, but not if he hasn't sorted out what ought to be the first priority in his God-given life, namely, to get right with his Creator and begin to live for him: to do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly with his God.

If a non-Christian protestor dies in the course of his protesting, what can we say to him in hell but, "Was it really worth it?"

Mark 8:36 KJV
(36) For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

I've no doubt that China is angry with Christians in Hong Kong because of the "Gift Bag" evangelism going on there, where Chinese visitors are given a jamboree bag in which are many items including gospel tracts. Now that is a cause worth living and dying for, the gospel of Jesus Christ.


News Item8/23/19 4:18 AM
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"Whosoever therefore resisteth the power",..The office of magistracy, and such as are lawfully placed in it, and rightly exercise it; who denies that there is, or ought to be any such order among men, despises it, and opposes it, and withdraws himself from it, and will not be subject to it in any form: "resisteth the ordinance of God", the will and appointment of God, whose pleasure it is that there should be such an office, and that men should be subject to it. This is not to be understood, as if magistrates were above the laws, and had a lawless power to do as they will without opposition; for they are under the law, and liable to the penalty of it, in case of disobedience, as others; and when they make their own will a law, or exercise a lawless tyrannical power, in defiance of the laws of God, and of the land, to the endangering of the lives, liberties, and properties of subjects, they may be resisted, as Saul was by the people of Israel, when he would have took away the life of Jonathan for the breach of an arbitrary law of his own, and that too without the knowledge of it, 1 Sam 14:45; but the apostle is speaking of resisting magistrates in the right discharge of their office, and in the exercise of legal power and authority. [Gill]

News Item8/22/19 4:22 PM
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Dr. Tim wrote:
Where I work, there are rattlesnakes and other pit vipers, coyotes, bears, bobcats and even the occasional cougar, and in the places where I do business there are sometimes armed robbers. I’m going out right now to find me a club. Or should I just wag my finger and say, “Now y’all be good”?
Doc, there have been professing Christians throughout history who have literally just trusted in God only, especially those such as Madame Guyon of France, who believed that all events in their life were as a direct result of the will of God. She was able to do something that is extremely rare within christendom, and for which there is a biblical exhortation, namely, to give thanks in all circumstances. Your comment reminded me of the passage in her autobiography where she found herself in a dangerous situation between places and was confronted by highwaymen, who were all set to do her mischief. She didn't wag her finger or say anything to them, but she merely inclined her head towards them. They turned their horses and departed, leaving her in peace, which peace she had in abundance, because she accepted all things as coming from the hand of the great God. I only read it because....

News Item8/22/19 10:46 AM
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I'll just add a quick snippet to my comment lest, well, you know what I mean.

Imagine a day when wolves roamed wild, and the Lord would have you travel from south to north, preaching the gospel as you went, camping under the stars at night. With no defense against a wolf but your bare fists, you would soon be overcome. And because wolves go around in packs, even a small group of evangelists would soon be overcome. So they would carry weapons of some sort or another.

This was quite normal for travelers. If you were a traveling salesman, going from county to county with a backpack of geegaws or kitchen implements for sale, you would never set off without a club, which you also used as a form of walking stick. If wayside bandits attacked you, at least you could defend yourself against them, and maybe put them off. An unarmed man was defenceless and easily robbed.

This is how it was in the UK going back in time a few centuries.


News Item8/22/19 10:24 AM
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Bro US, thank you for taking the time to share with me the simple fact that you justify the actions found in the article from Nehemiah 4. This is very helpful info and I will bear it in mind.

Regarding Luke 22:36-38, when you read it in context, you will discover that the scripture reveals only two swords were required for the purpose. And the purpose was? Self-defense? As in, future self-defense for the apostles and disciples as they went on their missionary journeys?

Brother, read the passage prayerfully, and you will come to a better way of understanding it. Ask the Lord Jesus to help you, and he will indeed.

I don't need to say anything except to point you to Jesus himself, and get you to ask of him. They are HIS words, and HE knows what he meant by them. So read the words in context, and then ask him what he meant.


News Item8/22/19 10:02 AM
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Christopher000 wrote:
Good morning John, I have a simple take on this if you'd be willing to hear it.
Christopher? Yes, I've already said I'd be willing to listen to what you have to say. I'm back from my prayer-walk, during which the Lord was speaking to me about certain techniques used to justify certain actions in this world which are not of him, but are of the flesh, worldly, devilish. He said that men "clutch at straws", meaning that they have their action in place and then scout around the Bible for a "proof text" which justifies the action. This is very commonplace apparently. And then there is the tongue-in-cheek technique, where deep down, folks know the text does not prove their point but they still use it, and with enough "Yee Ha", they can get others to accept it and make it traditional and acceptable, so that it becomes acceptable doctrine.

So it seems to me that it is not the very occasional shooter who is winning the battle against the Christian church; rather it is that ancient trinity of enemies, the world, the flesh, and the devil, the enemies whom we have to battle spiritually. In particular, the battle for the mind.


News Item8/22/19 6:52 AM
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Good morning Marty, and thanks for your points.

It's true that a dead protestor protests no more.

And if they are an unbeliever, they perish in hell.

Was it really worth it?


News Item8/22/19 6:14 AM
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Christopher000 wrote:
John UK Wrote:
"...where is the NT examples of the saints being armed and fighting while they were doing the work of God in building the church? Hmmmm?"
Good morning John, I have a simple take on this if you'd be willing to hear it.
I know I said I'd stay off the topic, but you've brought that up a few times now, and I've had the same thoughts each time.
Good morning Christopher,

I'm just off for my prayer walk, but I am very interested in what you have to say concerning the question. Please read the question carefully, and answer it specifically. If you have a comment anyway, just make a statement, that's fine. But the question is very specific for a purpose. Thanks bro. I'll only be a half hour or so.


News Item8/22/19 6:07 AM
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Dr. Tim wrote:
It has already been shown in this thread that ... arming groups that are doing a work for God’s glory is scripturally justified.
Dr Tim, allow me to answer both yourself and Bro US at the same time. Are you here referring to Bro US's reference to Nehemiah 4? I've asked him several times to explain why he put that up as a proof text, and now maybe you have put up the explanation.

Is that it?

You're giving that as scriptural justification for a new covenant practice?

In that case you do realise there is scriptural justification for the death penalty for children who answer back to their parents? Or the eye for an eye principle? Or the celebration of the passover every year?

Now you will say that some things were brought forwards and some things were left behind. Okay, if the Neh 4 principle was one of those brought forward principles, and we find that the work of God was continually being hindered, where is the NT examples of the saints being armed and fighting while they were doing the work of God in building the church? Hmmmm?


News Item8/22/19 6:07 AM
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If it is not God who places rulers in their position, then civil disobedience may be considered mighty fine, and some would say good luck to the Hong Kongers.

However.......


News Item8/22/19 6:06 AM
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A very happy day for him and all his family.

News Item8/21/19 11:04 AM
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Christopher000 wrote:
Take every gun away, and I see the current violent crime rates, skyrocketing. So, what to do?
Ah Christopher, you would like to open up the topic much further than designed. Well, that is okay. Tell me brother, what is your moral stance on napalm bombing of civilian targets? Or, going back farther, what did you think of the German bombings of London, or the flattening of most all German cities by hundreds of allied bombers, or the American atom bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Is there such a thing as righteous warfare, a proper way to kill people? In battle should we avoid killing civilians, or is it unavoidable? Ought we be concerned about killing babies and young children, or are they just the enemies' children, and so don't count? What if in battle we kill many of God's elect, and when we take a bullet at the same time, we end up in heaven at the same time as our "enemy"? Would we say to them, "Sorry about that?" Is that bizarre or is it all part of "normal Christian life"?

I know you love these sort of questions. No need to answer, bro.


News Item8/21/19 10:04 AM
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Mike, what happens after you have fired your single shot .22 and you need to fire again?

Unprofitable Servant wrote:
not on the same page John, have a good day
You did it again.

News Item8/21/19 5:41 AM
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Going backwards - backsliding - apostatising.

News Item8/21/19 5:37 AM
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Unprofitable Servant wrote:
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You continue to bring up situations that do NOT apply to this article.
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Well thanks a million brother. You furnish me with a Bible text with no explanation, Nehemiah 4. I try to understand what it is you are trying to say by it, and all you can do is repeat ad infinitum, "No, that's not it!"

Nehemiah 4:17 KJV
(17)  They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

Let me just say that whatever the situation, we in the UK are not permitted to do that. So what are you suggesting in posting Nehemiah 4?

Several things are at stake here:

1. The USA Christians can behave differently from Christians in other countries?

2. The Bible can be interpreted differently in different countries?

3. Culture must be taken into account, and there is no such thing as a "Christian way of life"?

4. Church may or may not be separate from state?

5. Dominionism may or may not be viable?

6. Romans 13 may or may not be rejected as God's plan for the new covenant age?


News Item8/20/19 3:29 PM
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[Pastor Israel, who was forced by persistent attacks from Hindu nationalists to close his church in Mahabubabad district, was not even able to relocate his congregation to a private house setting, as the radicals tracked the worshipers and continued to prevent them from meeting at all.]
[“I went to the local police station with a lawyer for help, yet the police ignored me,” he said. “It has been very hard dealing with this situation as every door of justice seems to be closed simply because we follow a different faith.”]
[Pastor Suryam reported an identical experience with authorities to International Christian Concern, saying that every conventional channel of justice had been closed to him, and that he and other believers in India “have nothing more to do except to go to God in prayer.”]

This is how it is in many countries of the world. The last resort is ..... ...... ...... ....... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... prayer.


News Item8/20/19 2:12 PM
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Unprofitable Servant wrote:
I would have no issue with them defending their property
Okay, so they defend their property with weaponry and engage in a mini war, with casualties, deaths, and arrests and imprisonments of the Christians. The building never gets completed and the work of God gets closed down. Is that it? You have no problem with that?

You fully support the Gazans, who once lived in Israel, but who were shoveled into living in the Gazan Strip, and who now retaliate by sending rockets into Israel, against the Israeli Army, attempting to get back to their homeland which was stolen from them by force?

It widens out into world war, and very shortly you will justify world war from a Christian base, in exactly the same way the Muslims justify their holy war from an Islamic base.
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Okay, so now tell me about your oranges. Define why you quoted Nehemiah 4, and why you call them apples and I thought they were your oranges.

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