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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Tue, 2007-02-06 19:02

Warm greetings,

...all the way from the sub-freezing winter-land of Northern Michigan, U.S.

As a brief means of introduction to any God-fearing brethren-in-Christ out there, as well as fellow firearm enthusiasts - my name is Billy and I heard about G.O.S.A. shortly after visiting an excellent web-site from your country a few weeks ago.

I have a collection of brief writings that may or may not be of help and/or interest to you folks, however, it is my intent to post them on this particular thread that you, my 'neighbor', will be edified and assisted in some fashion.

I welcome your comments, suggestions or questions in between the various postings that I wish to share.

Looking forward to contributing to a 'good cause' as well as learning from you all, too.

Take care!

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The following comment was initially posted on my brother's web-site, whom I'll call 'Mr. Sandman' for now, and it followed a very revealing article he placed on 'Corrupt African National Congress Government', located here:

http://corruptanc.blogspot.com/

From the article entitled,

"South Africa’s Genocide: It’s not crime - it’s WAR"

Wednesday, 24 January 2007 A.D. - 08:14

Good article, Mister Sandman!

The writer does an efficient job of spot-lighting the results of a tyrannical government and of the lawless citizens (i.e., criminals) who are only made bolder by the deeds of corruption from 'higher up's' [see Ecclesiastes 8:11]. They will CONTINUE without fear of reprisal lest honest common-folks take quick action to stem this tide of blood.

THE USAGE OF SELF-DEFENSE: A BRIEF EXAMINATION TO CONSIDER

It is is very important for South Africans, black or white, to clearly understand that the God of heaven (our Creator) has authorized all men everywhere to defend themselves against violent evil-doers, regardless of what uniform they may or may not sport. This is not a new teaching, for that John the Baptist even admonished Roman soldiers not to 'shake down' the citizenry [see Luke 3:14].

Here are but two (2) examples found in the Holy Scriptures that gives license to people to exercise God's primary Law of Nature (self-preservation, i.e. lawful self-defense) - prudent and wise individuals will look these up for themselves and will pray for understanding regarding this very sobering topic:

EXODUS 22:2

and,

NEHEMIAH 4:13-18

It is important to consider that while the LORD God came to the earth as the sinless Lamb of God, meek and humble, who paid-in-full the sin-debt of His saints, He will most assuredly not be returning in like fashion! He is coming back as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and He will violently slay His enemies upon His glorious second coming. The LORD is not, nor has He ever been a 'pacifist'.

He would have His saints to defend their wives, children, home, property, yes, even their livestock from brute beasts and from violent criminals (who will not be kept at bay with mere words and loud, tearful entreaties). I would strongly advise the upright citizens of South Africa to arm themselves with rifles, shotguns, pistols, and, if you cannot afford such means of self-defense, then at least get you and your family some machetes, knifes and axes. Should your family be accosted by an attacking force of blood-thirsty thieves and rapists, and should the Lord grant you a sound victory over them, you will then gain their weaponry without monies.

Speaking of the AK-47; any monkey can learn how to operate this rugged and deadly firearm. If you can afford to pick up one or more of these, then by all means get many high-capacity magazines along with as much ammunition as you think needful - and train with it that you will be safe, confident and accurate should you ever need to employ this devastating tool.

NOTE: Hitler, Mao, Stalin and the Pope's of Rome all agreed on one point: THE DISARMING OF THE CIVILIAN POPULACE - which makes for 'easy pickings' for genocidal actions to be conducted, with little to no casualties on their side. Prayerfully consider this matter before you dismiss the above with nary a thought.

"THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF"

Respectfully,
Billy Hoffmann

Northern Michigan, U.S.
ex-U.S. Navy Special Warfare & Joint Special Operations Command

E-mail: the.LORD.be.magnified@gmail.com

Web-site: http://TheHoffmannREPORT.blogspot.com/
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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Thu, 2007-02-08 02:39

Greetings,

Hope you and yours are well and in good health.

It would appear that there are not many folks who read this web-site! That's a cryin' shame, too... I would hope that of those of you who do frequent this site, that you would reach out to your beleaguered family, friends and neighbors to join G.O.S.A. and get 'em dialed into the many educational essays of interest within these forums! for that this (the message of G.O.S.A.) is truly an upright and Just Cause to partake in...

As we were told in my old training outfit, "The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday!", meaning: the times in which we live today ain't going to get any easier and for those of us who refuse to 'go along to get along' like most lemmings in the crowd, we need to seek the face of our Creator God for strength to survive in these perilous days. Talk about an untoward generation! Aarrgh...

After posting my initial writing here, I was entreating the Lord my God, and was examining myself and my motives for the things I've already shared with you. It occurred to me that not everyone will be appointed to ever 'bear arms' and utilize them against criminals (of all makes); that is, some of us are ordained of God to suffer hardship at the hands of the wicked; some will be slain and some will be imprisoned and cruelly entreated. A careful examination of the holy scriptures will prove the above claim, particularly the Words of Christ as found in the Gospel according to John, ch. 16, vss.1-3 and throughout the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John the Apostle, this regarding the many saints who shall lose their heads to the Antichrist and his willfully ignorant clergy and blinded followers. This here's some serious business.

On the other hand, it does NOT forbid the righteous application of lawful self-defense. One does not know what tomorrow may bring, but we must be prepared for any contingency. The enemy knows his opponent well and will employ the following means to successfully carry out an AMBUSH, using the following means to do so:

1. Surprise

2. Firepower

3. Violence of Action

Be thankful unto the God of heaven if He is your Master and Kinsman-Redeemer (Christ Jesus the Lord, only), for that He is able as our Pointman, flanking Security and Rear guard to quickly and efficiently turn the tables on the evil. He has done so marvelously in the past and He shall do so again in the days ahead if and when He chooses. He is Mighty to save and there be none like unto Him.

In closing, please carefully consider the following Quotations-of-Interest. Take care.

The LORD be magnified!

Respectfully,
Billy

http://TheHoffmannREPORT.blogspot.com/

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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? ...The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!"

The Gulag Archipelago, A. Solzhenitsyn. Chapter 1 "Arrest".

"Karl Marx, the father of modern communism stated that "religion is the opiate of the masses." I perceive the veins and life's blood of the religious masses in today's America have been and are being injected with the opiate of false religion. This false, drug-induced religion, that teaches the doctrines of pacifism and unlimited submission to rulers is diametrically opposed to the Spirit that infused Christian men of valor through the ages, but is entirely consistent with a herd of sheep that can be easily led to the slaughter by their enemies, both foreign and domestic. Rise up, O men of God!"

Chuck Spingola, street preacher & carpenter
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Postby wrm » Fri, 2007-02-09 07:27

Hi Billy, and welcome.

>It would appear that there are not many folks who read this web-site!

This is sort-of true, I'm afraid. We have a lot of visitors, but it seems that the people want to read but not participate. Which is, as you say, a shame.

I made this forum so that we could use it as a resource. You know how difficult it is to find something you remember reading, when you have no idea where you filed it :-)

My idea is to file things here, so that everyone can access it.

As an old friend says, "You can lead a horse to water, but the rest is up to the animal in question".

Look out for a PM (Private Message) -- I tend to never notice mine :-)

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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Fri, 2007-02-09 21:30

Roger that, sir,

<big smile>

Thank you for both the 'Welcome' as well as the explanation. The parable of the horse was perfect and this adequately describes the deluded citizenry within the fast-falling United States.

I'll put on my 'thinking cap' and do my best to share items-of-interest that may be of help and benefit to the few upright South Afrikanners out there who may be led to this outstanding web-site.

One startling scripture to share can be found in Hosea 4:6 & 14c, which warns of the fate of all 'fat, dumb and happy' people for their willful ignorance and hatred of truth. Certainly this applies to more than just the topic of firearm ownership and self-defense! It reminds me of the party-goers who carried on in their revelry, even whilst their vessel (the Titanic) slowly sank:

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge... therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall."

Respectfully,
Billy
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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Sat, 2007-02-10 03:15

Dear folks,

Please find enclosed a recent letter to my brother Leon in Texas. He was once a Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army who specialized in helicopters. He's taking a greater interest in self-defense and we've been writing one another of late.

You'll see that I shared a link to a website that contains very credible and solid information regarding Wounding Factors, Ballistics and the Human Target; this report was created in the '80's by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I would encourage every serious firearm owner to give it a close examination. I'll bet you a cold beer that Mr. Larry Pratt of G.O.A. has already read this document!

Respectfully,
Billy

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http://www.thegunzone.com/quantico-wounding.html

Dear Leon,

Let us commence to examine, discuss and learn more of issues pertaining to righteous self-defense. It's a very large topic with a plethora of theories, data and empirical evidences.

You already know what God says regarding this issue so I will not endeavor to take up much space except to occasionally bring up a scripture or two to solidify a point in our future discussions.

It is important that we grasp the following:

1. Not all are appointed to ever wield the sword in self-defense

2. Some are appointed to either prison, labor camp or a civilian detainment facility

3. Some are appointed to die at the hands of evil-doers, be they corrupt civil authority or directly by decree of *Papal Antichrist [*see http://TheHoffmannREPORT.blogspot.com/ for factual proof of the treachery involved].

4. Only the God of heaven knows what is in store for each one of His saints in the days ahead

Having said that, Leon, I think it is good to examine this sobering topic at-hand.

I recall reading the report in question (FBI Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness) back in 1989, when I was a highly motivated shooter in RED Assault Team at SEAL Team VI.

Considering that you are a very bright man, this report can be digested without too much time. I recall it is less than twenty (20) pages in length, and should you study the findings in this excellent report, you will be leagues ahead of your average firearm enthusiast. The principles and findings in this report do 'blow away' numerous firearm and ammunition myths that lesser educated sportsmen hold to. The bottom line is that the following factors ONLY will result in Immediate Incapacitation:

1. Shot placement *please see my note after the letter...

2. Multiple rounds (i.e., a 'double-tap', Jeff Cooper's famous 'Mozambique' of two in the chest followed by one in the head, 'staying-on-target' with four or more rapid shots until the threat is down & out, etc...)

3. The least important factor - which will cause many enthusiasts to squeal loudly - in this equation is: the size [or caliber] of the bullet

I'm certain that you will gain much valuable insight after reading this excellent report, bro. Leon. I feel it important that you more fully grasp the issue of just how resilient the 'human target' really is.

With love & care,
Billy

*Additional Note-of-Interest:

Re: SHOT PLACEMENT

1. To briefly elaborate upon the most critical of the three elements, with the purpose of bringing about 'Instantaneous Incapacitation', I would like to share a brief 'sea-story' with you, Leon.

2. In or around 1989, SEAL Team VI personnel from RED Assault Team conducted cross-training with the Los Angeles Police SWAT Team, headed by one Captain Rogers (can't remember his given name).

3. After hours and while drinking a beer at a local pub, Capt. Rogers (or 'Rodgers') relayed to us a striking, real-world incident which will shed much light pertaining to 'Shot Placement'.

4. During a raid somewhere in Los Angeles, his SWAT Team breached the door of a 'crack house' and proceeded to quickly enter and dominate the place with Heckler & Koch MP-5 submachine guns and the liberal usage of flash-bang grenades.

5. In the course of searching the house, one officer found himself facing a crazed, drug-induced man who was screaming at him and who began to run towards the officer. I do not recall whether the Captain stated if the man was armed or not.

6. The officer brought his MP-5 to bear and while aiming at the man's head, shot twice in rapid succession. The man turned around and flung himself out of a glass window and clean escaped.

7. Following the raid, the officers gathered for a Post-Operation debriefing and began ribbing the one officer about his poor shooting skills.

8. Two weeks later, the criminal in question was apprehended. He was found to be relatively healthy save for a single wound from a 9mm round that entered his mouth (when he was screaming at the SWAT Team officer who shot him), which missed his spinal column by mere millimeters and exited out the back of his neck.

9. The police were very impressed when they queried the man as to how he treated his wound without going to hospital. The man explained that he simply took a wire coat hanger, tipped it with cotton balls soaked with medicinal alcohol and cleaned the wound (as you would clean the barrel of a rifle with rod & brush!).

10. The teaching point of this real-world incident, Leon, is that Shot Placement is a very critical factor: not even a sloppy shot to the head will bring down an aggressive threat, and, it is a perfect example to prove just how durable and resilient the human target really is!
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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Wed, 2007-02-14 10:53

"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD." Lamentations 3:21-26

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Howdy there, neighbors ~

You poor folks over there in South Africa! sufferin' through all that balmy weather and the warm breezes... You just don't know what you're missin' here in this winter-wonderland, with temperatures down to 4 deg. F. [-15 deg. C.]; what a delight. I'm loving it but my sweet bride is missing the warmer climes of Central America. <smile>

Your fellow compatriot (as yet unknown to you), one 'Mister Sandman' fired off yet another timely and hard-hitting point in his most recent posting on his web-log. Check it out, folks:

http://corruptanc.blogspot.com/

Upon discovering Sandman's main page, you'll quickly note the article in question. There's plenty of great photographs to 'drive the point home'. It deals with the filthy and abominable movement of God-hating, rabid Sodomites, aka: 'Gays' and 'Lesbians', of which I have no doubt whatsoever that our tyrannical government leaders, both here and there, OPENLY SUPPORT such family-destroying Psychological Operations... The LORD rebuke them!

And to some of y'all that think I'm stretchin' the truth somewhat - I'll tell ya' what: the facts will astound you. I reckon I may be preachin' to the choir here, but I say these things for the youngest of God's saints amongst us (or, for the curious secularist who happens to like guns). I'll endeavor to do some research and get back with ya' on this matter at a later date. In a small way, I have both seen it and have suffered (lightly) from it, as me and a handful of Christian brother's have withstood Sodom's uprising at sundry times and locations around the united States of AmeriKa.

Please keep in mind that the following information will be discussing matters pertaining to LAWFUL SELF DEFENSE - sans weapons - save our own limbs and, more importantly, God's Spirit girding us up for a righteous and just cause! BAM

Dig what I wrote bro. Sandman about the article he posted, entitled, SOUTH AFRICAN CHRISTIANS PROTEST AGAINST GAY MARRIAGES

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"Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: He preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked." Psalm 97:10 [KJV]

Warm greetings to you, sir,

Thank you for the situation report (SITREP) of what is transpiring in South Africa. Truly we live in perilous days, where wickedness is openly praised by those in positions of leadership and authority, and, conversely, these same evil leaders openly despise the just, righteous and holy tenants of Christ Jesus, the Most High GOD.

It is written,

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20 [KJV]

Meaning: Payback is Hell...

One aspect of the abomination known as Sodomy, mistakenly labeled as the 'Gay Lifestyle' is that its practitioners are, by far, more violent than the general populace. This fact is purposely concealed in the U.S. and is only reported via 'alternative media' sources.

On one particular street-preaching tour at a large college campus in Wisconsin, a very large Sodomite physically struck and assaulted our 14 year-old brother (Aaron) who was filming the events that day with his camera. The evildoer carefully choose the smallest and youngest member of our troupe. In response, when one of us took the 'dog' down to the ground, he screamed bloody-murder (sounded like a woman!) and called out for his fellow homosexuals in the crowd to come and save him.

The square in which we were preaching erupted into a spectacular brawl with dozens of ape-like lunatics coming out of the wood-work to attempt to beat down the Christian brethren. It didn't work. We formed a perimeter, stood our ground and fought them off. When the police arrived (all 14 squad cars), they ended up arresting me and a 58 year-old brother (Dan Holman), even though the leading Sergeant had seen the video evidence; to make matters worse the police let the Sodomite walk free!

It should be noted that the God of heaven has already decreed that Sodomy is a Capital Crime worthy of a speedy public execution. However, our so-called leaders, both secular and professing 'Christian', would have us think that they are 'NICER THAN GOD', that we should be 'diverse' and 'tolerant' of such abominable filth. In the U.S., young children are being indoctrinated into this sick 'lifestyle' - within the PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM as well as the media!

God's promises are not slack; He will assuredly return in great might and power and He shall avenge His elect saints. In the mean-time, don't give ANY quarter to this wicked agenda. May Almighty God give us strength and the boldness of lions to make a difference, for His glory and honor.

"Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?" Psalm 94:16 [KJV]

Respectfully,
Billy Hoffmann

P.S. It should be noted that following the big campus brawl, the hundreds of students and faculty members that were present listened to the preaching of God's Law and of His gospel of salvation with much more interest than they had earlier in the day...

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Jesus, Warrior King!

Postby Billy Hoffmann » Tue, 2007-02-20 02:14

Greetings fellow truth-seekers,

I'm pleased to announce that a close friend and dear brother-in-Christ, one Mr. Chuck Spingola of Ohio, has agreed to having his essay transcribed on this web-site, in its entirety. A hard-copy in a spiral-bound notebook is available from him for ten U.S. dollars (plus $5 for shipping), however you may read it here without cost.

I had the honor of serving God while on a street-preaching tour of some college campuses in Wisconsin in August & September of 2001. Though I had some unique experiences in the military, I was nevertheless quite shocked and dismayed within my heart to see for myself how the populace-at-large hates Christ and His Word. The street preachers were loudly mocked by both students and faculty members. They were falsely accused of many ridiculous things and were subject to a steady stream of filthy insults, curses and were spat upon too. Police Officers routinely made efforts to have us leave the various campuses. Chuck was amongst God's mighty men who feared none of these things and stood fast and tall, warning the crowd (and the godless Law Enforcement Officers) with a loud and clear voice at these various campuses of God's Law, His awesome Justice and of their need to repent and believe the Lord Jesus Christ. For what few that actually responded in a favorable fashion, Chuck and the other preachers told them of God's wonderful plan of salvation through Christ. For the most part, my part in all of this was to hold up one of our many large banners that blasted Abortion and Sodomy (replete with hard-hitting scripture messages) and had ample opportunity to speak to interested and curious individuals.

Now would be a good time to share with you about the author of this work. Chuck was born in San Francisco, California in 1955 and was adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Albert Spingola at the age of three. Two years later they separated and by 1962 their divorce was final. Having a troubled childhood, he consequently did his first 13 months living in an institution for criminals between the ages of 12 and 13 years old. He was, within the next five years, to become labeled institutionalized and a habitual criminal. He made the transition from juvenile to adult correctional institutions smoothly, without missing a beat and was an aggressive sinner with all that it implies.

After much resistance to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Chuck repented of his sins and by faith believed in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. From that moment in January, 1979, his life was never to be the same. In June of 1980, he was married to Teresa Taboada. They now have two fine boys. David, their oldest, is fourteen and Michael is ten, who both, it could be added, mind their Daddy.

By God's grace, Chuck has endured the trials and persecutions that accompany proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in the open air. This includes thirty-eight (38) unlawful arrests in which he has never once been convicted of a crime. The most miraculous aspect of these trials and persecutions, he has found, is the Glory of God that is revealed in them. In the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1999, the State of Ohio permitted the Sodomites to fly their rainbow flag on the State Capital flagpole, directly under the U.S. flag, "Old Glory". Chuck Spingola, climbing up the flagpole, tore down the symbol of the sodomites and burned it in the presence of many, thus gaining further notoriety with both God and man. Within days after the event policy was written that insures the sodomites will never fly their flag again on the Ohio State Capital flagpole. As a full-time evangelist, Chuck is sure the best is yet to come.

It is my hope that Almighty God be exalted and that some of His saints will be girded up to know the truth involving lawful Self-Defense, and that one day it may assist some brother or sister 'out there' to overcome an attack from violent dogs by responding in an effective and just fashion!

The name of this book is called,

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

By Chuck Spingola
Published in 1999 A.D.

The scripture that Chuck has printed on the front cover reads,

"Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight..." Psalm 144:1 [KJV]

I would like to add that many people who know not the truth regarding this sobering topic of lawful Self-Defense would hastily point out that to defend one's self or family against violent evildoers equates to 'not trusting God'. This is both wrong and foolhardy. Who amongst us will rebuke king David (when we meet him in paradise by the grace of God) for not having faith nor trust in God? Interestingly enough, the very next verse in Psalm 144 reveals a wonderful truth:

"...my goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, AND HE IN WHOM I TRUST; who subdueth my people under me." verse 2 (emphasis added)

This afternoon I will endeavor to transcribe the opening dedication, the listing of chapters and the preface to this teaching and will afterwards give Chuck's contact information out for any man who wants to reach him.

Dedication

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Christ my Savior, to whom I owe my life. He has given me a fine and suitable helpmate in my wife, Teresa. She has bore me two fine sons, David and Michael. She also, with me, has learned to "endure hardness as a good soldier" while at the same time maintaining a tender heart toward both Jesus and I. (I love you my darling.)

Thanks also to my Pastor the "General" George (Jed) Smock, who has proven to be a fine Christian man and leader; who when the winds of adversity blow, flourishes.

Teresa and Jed, I dedicate this work to you."

Preface................................................................1
1. The Crucifixion - An Extraordinary Event and Time........3
2. The Christian's Cross...............................................6
3. Attributes of Love...................................................9
4. Grace vs. Law?......................................................14
5. The Law and Salvation............................................19
6. Self-Defense is Virtuous...........................................21
7. Governing Authorities & Defense................................23
8. Biblical Objections to Self-Defense.............................29
9. Saint Paul?............................................................38
10. Mighty Men of Valor...............................................41
11. Summary.............................................................51

Preface

This study is written in response to some questions and concerns which arose out of an incident at Kent State University, Ohio, as I preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the student center plaza. The incident involved two student groups, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Union and Students Against Racist Action, as well as several faculty members. Several of the students from these groups looked on as I was physically assaulted by five of their members that were present. After being forced to defend myself, two of the attackers were sent to hospital, one having a broken nose and the other complaining of neck pain. Although I had initially been taken to jail, I was found innocent of any crimes while the two battle-wearied assailants were charged with assault and disorderly conduct. God's hand was clearly evident in the incident in that a reporter captured the entire incident on video, thus establishing my innocence and the assailants' guilt.

I have received two rather lengthy letters in which the authors perceived my defensive actions at Kent State to be unchristian and sinful. I feel the letter I received from Pastor Britt Williams covers most objections I have heard or read in opposition to Christian self-defense. I also believe Pastor Williams' letter best conveys the spirit and philosophical view in which religion must be seen and understood in order to come to the conclusion he does. So I will be using his letter as prototype.

In my last twenty years as a Christian, I have observed that the philosophy of Pacifism has indeed prevailed in the minds of many Christians. It has successfully crossed many denominational lines. To some degree, it has affected most of the Protestant churches.

Many religious pacifists have built up a mighty fortress of supposed proof texts to support their belief. I believe, among true Christians whom are pacifists, the cornerstone of this philosophical fortress is the notion that pacifism is Christ-like and therefore loving. This is a good place to start in converting the religious pacifist because if the cornerstone in his philosophical fortress can be removed the rest will also crumble. In this writing, with God's help, I intend to prove that pacifism, when self-defense is an option, does not love and is therefore not Christ-like. I will attempt to edify, build up, and encourage Christian men of valor to continue in the The Faith that was once delivered unto the saints. I will also attempt to provide the liberty that can sooth and satisfy the conscience of reasonable men: men that intuitively know their duty but are constrained by the opiate of bad doctrine and misdirected religion.

PACIFY [Fr, pacifier; L, pacificare; pax, pacis, peace, and facere, to make,]
1. to appease; to calm; to still; to quiet; to make peaceful or calm; as, to pacify an angry man.

It is generally understood that the pacifists conviction and ensuing determination is to pacify social conflicts, at all levels, without the use of physical force.

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Thus ends the first installment of Jesus, Warrior King, for your study and prayerful consideration. Prove ALL things; hold fast that which is good! Lord willing, I'll transcribe chapters 1 - 2 in the days ahead.

The LORD be magnified!

With respect and love,
Billy Hoffmann

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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Sat, 2007-02-24 21:54

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

By Chuck Spingola
Published in 1999 A.D.


- Continued -


1. The Crucifixion - An Extraordinary Event and Time

The religious pacifist affirms that Christians are to "take up their cross and follow Jesus", but cannot seem to understand or differentiate the "cross" the Christian must bear from the event in which Christ was hung upon the cross. Believing that Christians are to respond everyday to injustice in the same manner Jesus did on the day of His arrest and ensuing crucifixion only brings confusion in judging fellow Christians as they defend themselves, their families or country from physical attack. Indeed, this belief would cause, to say the least, indecisiveness at a time when split second action might be essential in fulfilling our moral obligation to both God and man. Let us endeavor to clarify our duty and moral obligation so that we act decisively should the situation arise. Let us start by looking into a particular day of Jesus' life.

This single day in the 33 year life of Jesus is, of course, the day He was crucified. This day of Jesus' crucifixion is but one (1) out of approximately 12,045 days, in which Jesus lived and walked the earth. This day, appointed from the foundation of the world, is a day in which Jesus would fulfill His earthly ministry. This is the day that will change all men for all eternity. It is a day that Jesus had to endure once and only once in His entire life. This day is the only day Jesus allowed injustice to prevail in His presence and this only for a time, for "Will not the Judge of the whole earth do right?" Jesus never allowed justice or judgment to be perverted on any other day of His life other than this, because on no other day was He appointed to suffer death unjustly. It was the single most difficult day in Jesus' life:

Luke 22:41-44

41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

42 saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but thine, be done.

43 And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him.

44 And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

It had to have been the most fearful day for Jesus as He wavered in His resolve to drink the cup of crucifixion; so much so that "there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him". Indeed, the "great drops of blood", falling from His brow to the ground revealed His agony of soul. Would the Son of God complete His course? [Addl. note: one theologian speculated that Jesus' pure, sinless soul recoiled at the horror of having the sins of all His elect saints to be placed upon Him during this intense time-frame!]

It is very important to understand that on this most important single day in the entire history of the universe, there is an extraordinary request made by Jesus to His disciples. He requests that His servants not fight. Not fully understanding that their Master would be resurrected from the dead, this request must have seemed odd and out of character. After all, as long as the disciples had known Christ, He had taught out of the Holy Scriptures in the various synagogues of Israel. Without exception, He affirmed the concepts of self-preservation and self-defense, teaching through the Scriptures that strength, courage, and faith were the dominant characteristics of the men and women of valor whom God used to uphold His justice and judgment while slaying His earthly enemies. He taught them of Moses, of Samson, of Phinehas, of Jael, and Rahab the harlot, of Gideon, and of Barak and Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: "Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to fight the armies of the aliens". In all manner of violent confrontation, God used these willing vessels in bringing victory for Israel and ultimately glory, honor, and praise to God.

Surely the disciples remembered that Jesus, after the manner of these mighty men of valor, made a scourge of small cords with which He drove out the moneychangers from the temple; they remembered Jesus praising a Centurion, one with a hundred armed soldiers at his command, as having the greatest faith in all of Israel; they remembered Jesus using an illustration in His teaching of an armed strong man defending his goods as a good thing; they remembered just hours earlier that He had told them to sell their garment and buy a sword [see Luke 22:36], and when they told Him they had two swords, Jesus responded, "It is enough". Jesus likely taught them about the ten spies of the children of Israel that provoked the Lord to anger. How that, returning from the land of promise with an evil report, these faithless cowards would not trust and fight God's foes as He had instructed them in order to possess the land of promise. In fact, Peter was so confident of the Lord's teachings, character, and His recent instructions concerning the sword, that he did not hesitate to defend the Lord or himself, smiting off the ear of the high priest's servant.

Now in stark contrast to all this, Jesus asks His servants not to fight at a time in His ministry that self-defense would seem most appropriate. Jesus tells Peter to put up his sword. Why did Jesus say that? Because it was the Big Day! The day all heaven awaited and hell feared. The day that all penitent sinners would look to for salvation from sin, cleansing of heart and mind, and escape from the eternal torments of hell-fire. The day the grave would lose its victory and death its sting. The day that would, through the obedience of Christ, provide for fallen man the true love and motivation necessary to live a holy life. The day the greatest display of God's love for man would be made manifest to the world. Most importantly, this would be the day that would secure "a bride without spot or wrinkle" for the Son of God. So, as the day was extraordinary so the command to put up the sword was extraordinary.

Hours later, Jesus' agony would be over when hanging upon the cross on Calvary, and just prior to giving up the ghost, He said,

"It is finished!"

Never again would the servants of God be required not to fight. The posture Jesus took on this extraordinary day had served its purpose. Jesus had indeed been "delivered unto the Jews" and atonement had been secured for an entire world of sinful men.

It was imperative that Jesus meet His death, on this "day of days, as a criminal" hanging on Calvary's cross, not in a street fight, no matter how justified or righteous the fight might be. This is the reason Jesus rebukes Peter, telling him to put up his sword, NOT BECAUSE IT IS IMMORAL TO DEFEND YOURSELF. Note the language in the passage below:

Matthew 26:51-54

51 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.

52 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.

53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?

54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Jesus' purpose and resolve is evident. He reasons if they were to take up and perish by the sword, how then shall His blood atonement be accomplished according to the scriptures? Jesus also assures Peter that He could pray for military help in the form of twelve legions of angels and His Father would presently grant them. One angel would have been sufficient to handle the situation; Jesus was using hyperbole or exaggeration to make the point. Neither Jesus' prayer to the Father or the Father's assumed bestowal of angelic troops would be possible if self-defense were immoral!

Pastor Williams' response to this comment is: "It is okay for Jesus to pray and request help from angels to defend Him." Therefore, this is the example all the truly Christ-like should follow. You can pray and ask angels for help, but it is sin to defend yourself. Let's think about this for a moment. If we are to assume self-preservation is immoral why would it become morally acceptable to employ angels to accomplish the same end? Using this faulty logic would be akin to praying and asking Father God for twelve legions of angels to help rob a bank. Simply put, God would not command or even permit the holy angelic beings to sin. In other words, if the end is sin so are the means to the end. The only conclusion possible is that self-preservation is not sin and, accordingly, neither is the means to the end, including physical force. Jesus did not choose self-preservation as an end but rather His appointment on the cross of sacrifice. With this explained I believe the following two passages can be more insightfully understood:

John 18:10-11

10 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.

11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which My Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?

John 18:36

36 Jesus answered, 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.

Again, the time and event gives the reasons why self-defense would not have been appropriate. Let it be fixed in our minds, that anyone else in any other location, at any time, could have fought to the death defending themselves, family, friends, or countrymen, and would not have received a rebuke, but rather praise from God. The Christians or followers of Jesus Christ each have their own tailored and unique cross to bear; but do not be deceived, it will never include going to the slaughter as a lamb to be crucified for the sins of the world.

[End of Part II]

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Dear saints of God,

Peace be unto you and your household, in Jesus' name.

Prayerfully consider communicating with brother Chuck Spingola in the days ahead.

The LORD God omnipotent reigneth!

Respectfully,
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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Wed, 2007-02-28 00:39

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

By Chuck Spingola
Published in 1999 A.D.

- Continued -

2. The Christian's Cross

In this chapter, I would like to touch upon the cross the Christian is to bear in order to be considered by the Father a loyal follower of Jesus. The requirement to take up our own individual crosses and follow Jesus is abundantly clear in the scriptures. This principle must be personally appropriated into the individual believer's life in order for one to be rightly defined as a Christian. What "Take up your cross and follow Me" actually means, in the practical application and every day life of the believer, is subject to opinion. However, these opinions vary depending on where the individual believer perceives the Lord is leading them.

Pastor Williams says: We are the BODY OF CHRIST! This is Church's principal duty and should be her foremost characteristic, to be Christ-like! We are called to give Jesus our body whereby He can manifest His very life to this lost and sin-bound world. Why is this? So Jesus can live in 1998 through us! So that wherever we go, we can say what Jesus would say, do what Jesus would do, and be what Jesus would be. HEAR ME BRETHREN! Don't be deceived! If we give Jesus Christ a body today, He will do with that body the same thing He did with His own when He walked this earth! HE WILL OFFER IT UP WITHOUT RESERVATION TO BE CRUCIFIED!
*Note: All excerpts from Pastor Williams' letter will be italicized for clarification

Jesus will not offer our bodies to be crucified in the literal sense of the word but only in the metaphorical sense. The metaphor is this: Jesus was indeed literally crucified, shedding His blood to atone for the sins of mankind; we as His followers must allow the "old man" to be crucified, that is to say, the carnal man, the sinful man. In other words, we must willfully resist unlawful desires and temptations. Then, as we are "crucified with Christ," in a sense we are raised up in the newness of life or character of Christ. In the following passages, Paul is explaining the cost of discipleship as he uses the crucifixion as a type or figure. See II Corinthians 4:10-11; Romans 6:1-11; Galatians 2:20.

Pastor Williams questions the righteousness of self-defense, and in particular the incident at Kent State University when I defended myself. Pastor Williams asks: Tell me frankly brother Chuck, do you think Jesus would have responded as you did? Neither is Jesus punching His enemies in the nose and sending them reeling for cover. JESUS IS DOING WHAT HE HAS ALWAYS DONE FOR HIS ENEMIES. HE IS DYING FOR THEM!

I disagree with Pastor Williams. Jesus is not dying for anyone anymore, nor has He always. See Hebrews 9:25-28 (below)

25 Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26 For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

So Christ was once offered! This is the fundamental tenets of the Christian faith for which Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.

Pastor Williams says, THE CROSS MUST BE EVIDENT IN OUR LIVES AND MANY TIMES THAT MEANS WE MUST SUFFER FOR THE UNJUST!

We must, if we are to understand the Scriptures, see that the cross God's saints have to bear is NOT of the same sort Jesus bore on Calvary. As I have stated previously, only the cup Jesus was to drink and the cross He was to bear could atone for the sins of the world [See Chapter 1. The Crucifixion]. This is the solitary reason the sacrificial Lamb of God did not fight in self-defense. We must shake off this religious stupor lest we leave ourselves, families, and country at the mercy of evil men and tyrants.

Bear your own cross, Christian soldier, resisting unto blood the temptation to resist God's will. A degree of reason must be used as the Christian attempts to differentiate between the ministry and calling of Christ and the ministry and calling of Christ's followers. Your blood, dear saint, is not valuable enough to atone for the sins of mankind. Christ's blood was, and He drank the cup His Father had given Him. Never again at any time (contrary to the canon law of the Roman Catholic Church) will the Father God require His son Jesus to suffer a criminal's crucifixion to atone for the sins of the world. But be encouraged, even as we pray "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth," you can have a hand in establishing God's kingdom and government here on earth, with justice, judgment, and equity. Who knows, if we employ our faith with boldness, we may have the opportunity and, yes, honor to shed our blood in the Master's service, even as the many in the "great cloud of witnesses" have done before us. See Hebrews 12:2-4 below:

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

When this passage is being interpreted through pacifist-colored glasses, the undiscerning mind supposes this passage to mean that Christians should strive against the "sin" of self-defense while allowing their blood to be shed. The essence of Hebrews 12:1 exhorts the reader to bear their cross by faith as those saints did in the previous chapter, which is commonly known as "THE HEBREWS HALL OF FAITH." It records those brave individuals who pleased God through works of faith. Observe the examples of those saints in Hebrews ch. 11 (below).

Hebrews 11:30-37

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented...

In examining these passages, we see works differing in type and ranging from Rahab the harlot, who essentially lied for God (See Joshua 2:3-4), to those who "waxed valiant in fight". "Others were tortured, had trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover, of bonds and imprisonment." Though the works vary substantially each one received a good report and through faith PLEASED GOD. Also, among these heroes of faith, we find Samuel the prophet who, when King Saul refused to obey God and kill Agag the King of the Amalekites, took a sword himself and hewed King Agag to pieces "before the LORD". There is the "reluctant" Gideon whom God told "go in this thy might and thou shalt save Israel". As we can see, the works performed by the saints of God will often vary. The task of the individual is to carry his/her own cross, to resist the temptation to refuse God's will, to "die to self" being obedient regardless of the cost.

Hebrews 11:34-35 indicates two basic works of faith performed in which those being praised died to self and selfishness: 1.) waxing valiant in fight, with the possibility of being slain; and 2.) being taken into captivity with all that implies. It is interesting to note the correlation of this passage and Revelation 13:7, which says of the Antichrist:

7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them...

Notice the inspired writer does not say 'slaughter' the saints but specifies ''war''. War is two or more factions in a physical conflict.

Revelation 13:9-10

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

10 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.

Here again as in Hebrews 11:34-35 we have the two choices; to go into captivity or be killed with the sword. "If any man have an ear, let him hear.", and, "HERE IS THE PATIENCE AND THE FAITH OF THE SAINTS." My sincere prayer to God is if my sons and I must be participants of this Great War, we may allude capture, dying with "the high praises of God in our mouths and a two edged sword in our hands," while spilling the blood of the enemies of God and His saints.

[End of Part III]


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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Mon, 2007-03-05 17:17

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

By Chuck Spingola
Published in 1999 A.D.


- Continued -


3. Attributes of Love

Pastor Britt says, The New Testament is void of an example of even one saint who ever defended himself against his persecutors! I know the doctrine that you preach. I know it and I believe it. We say that the Christian is to live in obedience and holiness. How? The Christian is to walk in the love of God and thereby fulfill the law of God. And what are the characteristics of love? I Cor. 13:4-5, Charity suffereth long... [5] Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil...

Love for God and self-defense are not mutually exclusive. One can and must, as the occasion arises, defend his neighbor and/or himself in order to possess and display the charity that suffers long.

First, we must try to understand the character of God, the loving example that we should emulate. Many theologians have written on the topic of the love of God. Among them is Charles Finney, who in his book, Finney's Systematic Theology, addresses the attributes of love. Upon reading his book and particularly the chapter, "Attributes of Love", it became abundantly clear that there was a lot more to love than meets the eye. That is to say, love is not always expressed in a manner that is gentle and kind, as in hugging children and kittens and such, so in an attempt to find out "what Jesus would do", let us first endeavor to understand the divine character.

Let us start with a fundamental truth. The Holy Scripture tells us: God is love. I John 4:8 [KJV]: "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

Under this broad canopy of love are many attributes, many different facets of expression. Longsuffering, patience, forbearance, meekness, compassion, mercy, justice, judgment, equity, wrath and fierce anger are all attributes of love. This fundamental truth of the attributes of love is vital in understanding the divine nature or character of God. It is important that we do not permit a philosophy of pacifism to cloud or warp our understanding and acknowledgment of all the different attributes of love. If this distortion or warping of the divine nature is permitted in the minds or intellects of the Christian and embraced, it only follows that the Christians would then be worshiping a false god. Worshiping a god that does not mirror the Biblical revelation of His character is idolatry or the worshiping of a false god.

The Christian affirms that Jesus is "...the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power" [Hebrews 1:3]. Hence, it follows that Jesus possesses all the attributes of love, which are found in God, the Father. God who is love employs each attribute at precisely the appropriate time to secure the greatest glory for Himself and the greatest good of His people. God does this with superior intelligence and never makes a mistake, often employing one of more of His attributes of love in a particular situation. For instance, God's wrath abides on the impenitent rebel but His grace is extended to the humble, repentant sinner (see James ch.6). Jesus was compassionate to the multitude that followed Him and fed 5,000 men with loaves and fishes because He saw them as sheep without a shepherd. But, He was angry with those who would make His Father's house a den of thieves and with zeal overturned their booths and violently whipped them out of the temple.

Below are other examples of God employing different attributes of love and indeed the Scriptures are literally full of them:

Matthew 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

I Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Numbers 32:13 And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

Mark 3:5 And when He looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

Psalm 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Psalm 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

Revelation 19:15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

God is just as loving when He sends fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, as He was when He sent Jonah to Ninevah and extended His mercy to them after they repented. God will be just as loving on Judgment Day as when He binds the wicked hand and foot and casts them into the lake of fire. God was just as loving when He sent His Son to die for sinners as when He wept over Israel, longing to gather them as a mother hen longs to gather her chicks under her wings. Justice and mercy, wrath and compassion, are each attributes of His divine character. Different circumstances may demand different expressions in the love of God, and so it is with the love we express for God and our neighbor.

It requires wisdom to employ each attribute of love at the appropriate time. Solomon asked for a wise heart to judge and it pleased God. With this wisdom, like God, Solomon would rightly employ attributes of love in judgment. Once when Solomon settled a dispute as to which harlot was indeed the mother of an infant, he said he would divide the infant and give a half to each woman who claimed to be the mother. As the sword was raised to divide the child, the real mother of the child intervened. She also displayed attributes of love when she told Solomon to give the baby to the other woman. For the mother would rather have the baby live with another than for it to be divided and die. Solomon judged between the love of a mother and the imposter and awarded the child to the unselfish one. Judgment, equity, compassion, and justice, were the attributes of love the wise Solomon employed, and for this his fame went throughout all Israel.

I Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.

Quite possibly, Solomon's greatest writing was dedicated, if analyzed, to the wise employment of love's attributes:

Proverbs 1:1-41 The Proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel:

[2] To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

[3] To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

[4] To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

The Christian who possesses a sanctified mind or intellect, will amaze others with their ability to judge between good and evil, because, like Solomon, the people will see "that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment." The Christian, as he grows in the faith and in the knowledge of God, will undoubtedly grow in his ability to judge. As the saint matures his ability to employ the proper attribute of love at the proper time, his judgment will become more like God's. Quite naturally, God will then trust the saint of "full age" to rule with Him in judgment. But what is the deciding factor in which God Almighty acknowledges the saint as being of "full age" and thus capable and trusted by God to judge both the inhabitant of the earth and angels? The answer, I believe, is both logical and reasonable. Those who have trained themselves to discern good and evil by doing good. Observe these passages:

I Corinthians 6:2-3 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

In order to do what love would do, you must judge righteous judgment, like God. When we have matured in wisdom, we will be able to judge righteously and do what God would do in that particular situation, and it might not always appear loving.

God Almighty, through the inspired writer, also states the obvious as He exhorts and instructs His people:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-12

[1] To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

[2] A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

[3] A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

[4] A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

[5] A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

[6] A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

[7] A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

[8] A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

[9] What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

[10] I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

[11] He hath made everything beautiful in His time: also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

[12] I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

The Holy Writ expressly tells us that we, in the image of our great God and Creator, will likewise employ particular attributes of love in their time. In doing this, for man is "doing good in his life," and to God it is "beautiful."

See Romans 12:17-21
vs.17a Recompense to no man evil for evil.

The pacifist is interpreting this passage from the presupposition that self-defense is evil. This is "begging the question." I believe the proper light in which to interpret this passage would be to first understand what God considers evil. Sin is evil in God's sight and if not forsaken, this evil is worthy of eternal hell fire. Based on this simple understanding of evil, I believe the passage in question can be easily understood. If a man does evil and sins against you, do not turn around and do evil by sinning against him. For example, if you should catch a man raping your wife (which would be evil) you should not recompense (pay back) this lawbreaker with evil, breaking the law of God and raping his wife. Be sure, however, that it is not and never can be thought of as evil by God if you were to stop the perpetrator of this crime by any means available. This would include anything from asking the rapist to cease and desist to taking his life if necessary. Not only would God find you free of any evil but, on the contrary, praise you as a good and faithful husband and a faithful servant of God.

There is a danger in calling evil good and good evil. The implications are vast in the perversion of justice and judgment and ultimately in the misplaced dispensing of mercy.

[17] Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

[18] If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

[19] Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

In understanding the divine character, we know God requires His people to obey, teach, and as far as we are able, uphold His laws on earth. That includes both the precept and penalty phases of the law. Verse 19 cannot mean that when a man is raping your wife or beating your child, or harming you so that you can no longer defend your wife and child, you should "not give place unto wrath" or sit idly and do nothing as the wicked triumphs against you. It would not be "pouring coals on the head" of the wicked to let him rape your wife without resistance! This is not the context. The following verse 20 is the example the Lord uses to qualify His previous statement in verse 19:

[20] Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt reap coals of fire on his head.

[21] Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Notice there are two men in this illustration that have been enemies. One of the enemies is humbling himself, obviously because he is hungry, and is begging food. Imagine the humility of an old enemy begging from one he has offended. Petty differences are to be set aside when your enemy is humbled and in need. If he says, "I repent," forgive him. God is saying, do not be malicious toward an old enemy by punishing him for past grievances when he is humbled and begging. The condition of the enemy's heart is ripe for forgiveness and compassion. Punishment is not the proper response to contrition in this situation, for the chastening of the Lord has already done its work. It is now time for mercy to triumph over judgment in the promotion of the greatest good. God knows that employing this particular attribute of love, extending mercy to the penitent will accomplish the greatest good for God and both old enemies, possibly reestablishing peace. Notice the passage does not say, that if the criminal tries to get away with his crime, do not turn him in, or, do not resist him. The passage speaks of an old enemy who has perhaps offended you in the past, or perhaps, one who has sinned against you but is repentant as he begs for your help. It would be unloving to passively let a criminal bring harm to you and your loved ones. Love demands that you keep the law, which insists that this criminal be brought to justice. But, on the other hand it would be loving to have pity on a humbled personal enemy by giving him the requested food.

We as Christians must resist the temptation to be lax in the proper employment of godly attributes. The religious pacifist limits himself as to which attributes of love he may employ to overcome evil with good. This is a perversion of the divine character. Remember when the situation demanded that Jesus used violence. I am sure, in its proper measure, to overcome evil, He did not hesitate to drive the money-changers from the temple and turn over their tables. The evil that was overcome was the thieves and the money-changers, in the temple. The good that overcame the evil was Jesus making a scourge of small cords and violently whipping out the money-changers while turning over their tables. On one hand, we have a man having pity on his old, humble enemy, and on the other hand, we see Jesus purging the temple with a whip. In both scenarios, good overcame evil. What a contrast in the demonstration of the attributes of love or good! A whipping was good and giving food to a humbled enemy was good. But bear it in mind, the violence employed by Christ was not evil, but the good which overcame evil. Christ was motivated and constrained to act as He did by love. I believe we need to pray like Solomon that we may properly employ the attributes of love and thus be partakers of the divine character, whipping an enemy when necessary, and feeding an enemy when necessary.

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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Sat, 2007-03-10 17:46

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

by Chuck Spingola

4.Grace Vs. Law?

Many Christians believe that something takes place between the old covenant and the new covenant in which the character of God Almighty goes through a metamorphosis. They suppose that in the old covenant, under the law, God was mean and violent. He not only rained fire down from heaven to consume the prophets of Baal but very often He used men to execute His wrath upon the workers of iniquity. But now, under the new covenant and grace, He is nice and passive towards His enemies until the great Day of Judgment, when He will render to every man according to his deeds. But God never changes in regard to His divine character, as outlined in the previous chapter. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (see Hebrews 13:8).

Malachi 3:5-6

5 And I will come near to you in judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against the false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the LORD of hosts.

6 For I am the LORD, I change not...

The Almighty never changes in regard to His Divine Character. Are we not under grace in the new covenant? Yes, we are under grace if indeed we are governed by it. For if we allow ourselves to be governed by grace we will in effect be governed by love; love for both God and man, and thereby keepers of the law.

Grace #5485 charis (khar`-ece);

From #5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude)...

We understand from the Greek language and translation that grace properly defined is God's influence upon the heart. The conscience, (co-perception, joint knowledge) or consciousness of God as it were, does not cause but rather, teaches all men everywhere that they should live according to the law (which if summarized is to love God and your neighbor) to which the passage below attests:

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world...

Now, since grace teaches us to obey the law, in the heart as well as outwardly, grace like the law has strict penalties upon those who reject or despise it as is evidenced in the passage below.

Hebrews 10:28-29

28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

So we see that both law and grace are intending to be influences by which our moral behavior is to be governed. The difference is the one (law) was written on tablets of stone. The other (grace) is written on the fleshly tablets of the heart (see Jeremiah 31:31-33). Both have penalties if despised or rejected.

It is a great error to believe that through religious dispensation the character of God changes of fluctuates in regard to His character or divine nature. This erroneous belief must and will lead to uncertainty as to the “present” character of God and His ensuing requirements for right living.

In order to understand that God's character does not change with time; we must first acknowledge He is a moral being. That is to say, He is constantly judging between moral good and evil. When good or evil is accomplished, God ascribes praise or blame to the doer of the same; so as God judged our first parents Adam and Eve when they disobeyed His command He, being equitable, will judge all rebels through out all time. If He were to do otherwise, judging people by a different standard between Old and New Testaments, God would cease to be equitable and therefore untrustworthy. The fact that God is equitable through the ages should be a comfort to the saint and a terror to the wicked.

We, as God's creatures, are made after His likeness and His image. Therefore we should also be disgusted by the perversion of justice, even as God Himself is. The righteous judgments the Almighty makes and enforces should be the same His righteous people make and enforce. After God's likeness, we know intuitively that evil behavior should be punished and good behavior praised. All moral beings acknowledge this truth whether they verbalize it or not, as is evidently displayed in their everyday life. For example, a man's disdain, i.e., anger and wrath are focused against the child molester, but on the contrary gratitude and praise toward the one whom returns a lost wallet. It is totally inappropriate to abandon our God-given faculties of justice and judgment in the name of grace, wrongly defined.

Psalm 94:15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

Man's Moral Obligations Also Unchanged

Mankind's moral obligations are not dispensed with under grace. We are expected to love and obey God, and therefore, in a moral sense, be like God, for it is written, “Be ye holy, as I am holy”. That would naturally include loving what God loves and hating what God hates. We must understand as Christ's body on earth we are not only required to be loyal to God in all our doings but must for the sake of God help to establish His Kingdom on earth, not in word only but in deed. This includes, if necessary, the equitable exercise of justice with judgment in punishing the workers of iniquity within the scope of our own personal ability and responsibility, as the passage below reveals:

Isaiah 59:14-16 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, the truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.”

Intercessor #6293 paga` (paw-gah); a primitive root; to impinge, by accident or violence, or (figuratively) by importunity;

The true context of this Scripture was not that there was no one to pray (as some may suppose) but that no one had enough passion to violently execute God's righteous judgment upon the workers of iniquity.

Psalm 94:12-16

12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;

13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

14 For the LORD will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance.

15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

16 Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?

Isaiah 1:21-27: How is the faithful city become an harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers...

There is a class of Christians who believe being a member of the body of Christ, under grace, is limited to “spiritual matters.” This class of Christian who will not lift a finger to fight social evils in an effort to maintain a moral culture is not useful to God or His Kingdom. Faith is displayed through works of love and obedience to the Holy Spirit. Every other religious exercise is as “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”

Now, God chastens His creatures, oftentimes with the rod of men, for their good, that they be partakers of His Holiness. The whole purpose for God placing upon His creature's precepts and penalties is to break a rebellious spirit and obtain a submissive one; one which would love and obey Jesus. Judgment induces the fear of the Lord in the wicked, which is the beginning of wisdom (Eccl. 12:13-14; Prov. 1:7). God looks to save the humble and contrite, those who tremble at His Word (Isa. 66:1-2). This is the end for which the law was designed.

With that in mind, I believe we can understand some of the supposed inconsistencies between Law and Grace. The biblical account of the woman caught in the act of adultery is commonly invoked by the “Grace” camp to prove their point. To wit: that God is no longer interested in law but rather grace. Upon further examination of this passage, we can glean a different point of view.

Among Jesus' enemies were the scribes and Pharisees who were constantly concerned that Jesus would succeed in gaining popularity among the Jews and thereby take their religious authority from them. They did, very much, like to be called “rabbi”, to sit in the chief seats in the synagogues, to be viewed with reverence and respect as they stood in the market places praying openly and, of course, they enjoyed the financial benefits that accompanied such a position. If the hypocrisy Jesus had exposed in them (Mt. 23) was confirmed in the eyes of the people or if Jesus was confirmed to be a man of God via miracles, teachings, etc., they knew that their worst fears would come true. They would lose not only their seats of power, but all that implies. Therefore their preoccupation was to find an occasion in which to accuse Jesus of lawlessness, thereby to discredit Him and securing for themselves their positions. Notice in the following passage:

John 8:1-11

1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives

2 And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4 They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

In verse 6 Jesus seemed to be disinterested in their question, to the point that “He stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not.” Notice Jesus, who came not to abolish, but fulfill the law, did not protest the stoning of the adulteress as the law of Moses prescribed. He simply suggested that those who were called upon to execute the righteous punishment of the law be without sin: “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone”. Those who judge their neighbor should not have the same mote in their own eye, but should first cast the speck out of their own eye so that they can see clearly to judge their neighbor (Mt. 7:1-5).

8 And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (King James Version)

Why did the Law of Moses prescribe that adulterers be executed? So that “All the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously” (Dt. 17:13). God prescribed that the punishment be done publicly so as to have its intended effect. Imagine someone, contemplating adultery, seeing a capital criminal stoned to death by his/her peers in the middle of town. The execution of criminals is a tried and true deterrent to crime. In this particular situation though, carrying out the letter of the law would not have had the benevolent affect upon society intended by the letter. All the citizens had gone away leaving no one to witness or benefit from the righteous judgment. Furthermore, the witnesses were to be the first to stone the criminal, and they had all abandoned their objection being convicted of their own hypocrisy. It would have been unlawful for Jesus to stone her under the law of Moses in those circumstances.

In addition, Jesus did not personally condemn the adulteress according to the law for the law had done its perfect work. That is to say, the law had had its benevolent effect on the adulteress already. It had condemned the adulteress and the penalty was impending (the stones were in the hands of her would-be executors). The adulteress was humbled because the law had induced the fear of God in her, and was a schoolmaster to lead her to Christ. So we can see that Jesus did not do away with the law concerning the adulteress. On the contrary Jesus relied on the law to do its perfect work because He understood “the law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul.” She later, in vs. 11, calls Jesus “Lord” and did not justify herself when accused, to which Jesus responds “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Jesus was introducing no new concept here in pardoning the penitent adulteress. God, through Nathan the prophet, pardoned King David the adulterer and murderer when he demonstrated contrition and repentance over his sin under the Old Covenant. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Sun, 2007-03-11 18:36

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

by Chuck Spingola


5. The Law in Salvation

Psalm 19:7: The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul (KJV)

The scriptures expressly state the law of the Lord converts the soul. The following passages illustrate this biblical truth. Lazarus, the servant of a rich man, died. The rich man also died and both were carried to their final abode. Lazarus was in Abraham's bosom while the rich man was cast into hell. The rich man had a couple of requests. He asked Abraham if Lazarus could be sent to his five brothers to testify unto them.

Luke 16:28-31

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (KJV)

In verse 31 we understand Moses is the lawgiver, the office of the prophet is to warn the people of God's judgment upon the lawless. If the five brothers of the rich man would not repent at the hearing of the law, neither would they repent if one rose from the dead to warn them of the torments of hell. Therefore, we conclude that the law is essential in the conversion of souls.

Galatians 3:24: Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (KJV)

Law is made up of two parts: 1) Precept and, 2) Penalty. The precept would be the “Thou shalt not” do thus and so. The penalty would be punishment for doing what “thou shalt not” do. It has been truly said that without the penalty phase, law would be no law at all, but simply counsel or advice. Reason affirms what is revealed everywhere in Scripture, that the penalty aspect of the law is that which converts, or causes the soul to think differently. As a child, at the first understanding of the law, the concept of punishment converting the soul is self-evident. The implementation of the principles of law (precept and penalty) will “convert” the child with the fruit of righteousness evident in the child's behavior. Notice the passage below.

Hebrews 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Now in the above passage we can assume the son mentioned had already transgressed the law. So in order to convert the son's soul, the penalty of the law must be executed. The execution of the penalty phase of the law is equated as love, while the dereliction of duty to execute the penalty phase of the law (hence converting the son's soul) is directly equated to hate.

Let me summarize: Upholding the penalty of the law equates to love, and withholding the penalty of the law equates to hatred. Jesus and those that are Christ-like are neither unloving nor hateful.

Proverbs 13:24: He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Ecclesiastes 8:11: Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

From the passage above we see that those who escape the penalty of the law are unrestrained in the most detrimental way. Their heart “is fully set in them to do evil”. The effects of an evil heart go far beyond those that possess it and indeed are the cause of all the woes in God's universe.

Are we no longer under law in the New Testament? I think not. However, without being mindful of the law and the penalty thereof and its righteous implementation, there can be no remorse, there can be no conviction, and there can be no salvation. Those that promote the law by securing the penalty of transgression are advancing God's kingdom on earth and in the hearts of men.

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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Wed, 2007-03-14 06:54

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

by Chuck Spingola


6. Self-Defense is Virtuous


Virtue is to fulfill one's moral obligations and responsibilities. There are over the course of ones life many responsibilities. As a young boy, at the age of 10, my personal responsibilities were few and corresponded somewhat to the perception my mother had of my abilities. They included, mentioning a few, mowing the lawn, doing my paper route properly and on time, keeping my room clean, etc. If I were to go on a long vacation my responsibilities could be delegated to another easily enough, and with no real violence done to the routine which enabled our household to function in a proper and orderly fashion. When I became a man, I did away with childish things. My responsibilities, as a Christian, husband and father, at age 43 are now 100-fold of what they were when I was a child of 10.

I Timothy 5:8: But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

To neglect one's responsibility to provide for one's own “and specially for those of his own house,” is to deny the faith and is equated to being “worse than an infidel.” Infidels are hell-bound, but those who do not provide for their own are worse. There must be no confusion as to how God judges a man who can, but will not, provide for his own. Need I say an individual must live in order to fulfill their responsibilities to God and man? Hence, the individual is responsible for self-preservation through self-defense if necessary, in order to fulfill his responsibilities. Many religious pacifists have built up a mighty fortress of proof texts to support their beliefs. I believe, among true Christians, the cornerstone of this philosophical pacifistic fortress is not cowardice but rather the misguided notion that it is Christ-like to be “lead as a lamb to the slaughter” and therefore loving. However, if interpreted under the light of obligation and reason the pacifist must concede the fact that if faced with the choice, it would be most loving and Christ-like to live, in order to defend his wife against rape and murder, rather than to not resist and die as a “lamb”. So it's simple, if you permit yourself to be physically disabled or even killed you cannot protect your wife from rape or murder. If one can see the moral obligation to defend his wife and family, he can logically reason that he has a moral obligation to preserve and defend himself to the same end.

If one allows himself to be disabled or killed when self-defense is an option, he is worse than an infidel. Using the same reasoning can the Christian be obligated to participate in a just war? If one affirms his obligation to defend his family at his home front door, would it not be expedient to fight your family's enemies at the furthest distance from home as possible, thereby keeping the family out of harm's way? This is the concept for which we run to a battle line in the unfortunate event of war.

It is generally acknowledged that a man that defends himself, family or country against cruel forces is courageous. Courage cannot exist without there first being danger and fear. Both God and men give praise to the courageous soul proportionate to the degree of danger/fear overcome by the same. The greater the danger/fear overcame the greater the courage acknowledged. So it is understood that self-defense requires courage and is therefore virtuous.

Courage \ker-ij\ n : [Ofr. Courage, courage, mind, heart spirit, from L. cor, heart.]

1.the attitude or response of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, difficult, or painful, instead of withdrawing from it; the quality of being fearless or brave; valor; pluck

2.Syn. --bravery, intrepidity, valor, boldness, resolution, fortitude, firmness, fearlessness, daring, enterprise, hardihood, heroism, gallantry, dauntlessness, mettle, pluck


Self-Defense Is Never Immoral


Self-defense (or self-preservation) is an instinct given by God to all His creatures. As such, self-defense is an inalienable right. This inalienable right is acknowledged in the United States Constitution under the Second Amendment known as “the right to keep and bear arms.” Law at all levels affirms the right of self-defense. There has never been a case in which a person was convicted for murdering another human being in self-defense.

Just for fun, let's look at a scenario in which the God-given impulse of self-defense is suppressed. There is an evangelist preaching to a hostile crowd on a university campus. The confrontation escalates until finally bullies physically assault the evangelist. The evangelist does nothing to defend himself and is killed; believing that's what Jesus would want. The wicked bullies claim the evangelist was spewing “hate speech” and “fighting words” when they attacked the “hate-monger,” but they did not intend to kill but were merely standing up for the liberty of the homosexuals and other minorities. A liberal judge finds the bullies' actions noble and the death of the evangelist is deemed “unfortunate.” She finds the assailants guilty of involuntary manslaughter, sentences them to twelve weekends of community service, and then suspends the sentence. Meanwhile the dead evangelist's widow and children are left without a protector and provider. The state will not help because the evangelist did not pay any taxes and so the widow and fatherless children are dependent upon 'Pastor Pharisee' for their welfare. And the pitiful martyr-evangelist opened his eyes in hell because he refused to employ the means at his disposal to provide for his own household. The masses of people who would have received gospel seed planted in their hearts as a result of the evangelist's preaching will never hear it and therefore, after death weep, wail and gnash their teeth in eternal hell-fire. Since there was no punishment executed speedily for the last murdered evangelist the students' hearts were emboldened and set in them to do evil. The murderous bullies kill the new evangelist who has come to fill the gap for the dead evangelist and so it goes on and on. This is what happens when evangelist's refuse to defend themselves. OK, maybe...

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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Fri, 2007-03-16 05:00

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

by Chuck Spingola


7. Governing Authorities and Defense

Pastor Williams says, According to Scripture, there are three God ordained institutions: the family, the government and the Church. Let us briefly examine the institutions of Church and government. We must not confuse their unique functions, for they are completely different. It is extremely important for us to make a distinction between the contrasting services that are to be rendered to God by the CHURCH and the GOVERNMENT! In the epistle of Romans, chapters 12 and 13, these services are briefly summarized. The general function of human government, as instituted by God, may be said to be three-fold: [1] To protect citizens, [2] To punish the evildoers, [3] And to promote the general welfare of the community where its laws are in effect.

Let us deal with these in turn. [1] To protect its citizens – The oath of office the local, State or Federal armed forces take is to protect and defend the United States and its citizens from all enemies foreign or domestic. There job description under this “oath of office” simply put is to stop evildoers from infringing upon U.S. Citizens God-given rights. Notice the opening statement of the U.S. Constitution: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Because the armed forces, this includes local police, take an oath to do their duty does not remove a private citizen's personal duty under God to also do all he can to secure and maintain these liberties afore mentioned. This personal duty would quite naturally include defending his/her selves, family, friends and neighbors from enemies who would do them harm. I don't see how the obligation of this personal duty under God can be questioned. As a matter of fact the private citizenry have and do work hand and hand with paid armed forces.

[2] To punish the evildoer – This is exactly what the police at Kent State University are in the process of doing at this writing. After viewing a video of the entire ordeal (harassment and assault upon my person), the governmental authorities exonerated me while charging the evildoers with assault. Make no mistake, dear reader, the governing authorities judged me innocent of any crime or wrongdoing as I attempted to preserve my physical well-being. So how can it possibly be that Pastor Williams, who acknowledges such governmental authority as God's ministers, cannot bring himself to agree with the same, accusing those they call innocent of being guilty? It would appear that Pastor Williams has a conflict to settle with God.

Proverbs 17:15: He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

God's ministers, as their job description clearly points out in Romans 13:3, punish the evil man and praise the good. Without the benefit of righteous judgment or the desire to execute it, one can only succeed in displeasing God and cause Him to wonder, as it is written:

Isaiah 59:14-16

14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the streets, and equity cannot enter.

15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment.

16 And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor...

Intercessor #6293 paga` (paw-gah); A primitive root; to impinge, by accident or violence, or figuratively by importunity...

In the above passage the prophet Isaiah makes an odd declaration: “And He saw that there was no man” vs. 16. What is meant by “And He saw that there was no man”? It cannot mean God literally saw that there were no Homo Sapiens, for indeed He beheld those “that departeth from evil” making “himself a prey.” Rather, these were apparently not considered men by God but something less – something that displeased Him and caused Him to wonder. The reason? These non-men would not intercede on God's behalf to execute judgment. This selfishness and blatant dereliction of personal, not governmental, duty displayed by these non-men wreaked havoc on society in general as noted in vs. 14: “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off.” The people “that departed from evil” should have been “bold as lions” and instead of this they fled, making themselves “a prey”, as animals to be hunted.

Pastor Williams states:

We must not confuse their unique functions, for they are completely different. It is extremely important for us to make a distinction between the contrasting services that are to be rendered to God by the CHURCH and the GOVERNMENT!

What exactly is the distinction between the governing authorities and the church in their job description and responsibilities to both God and neighbor?

1)Defining government

2)Defining the church

3)Government and the Church


1) Defining Government

Government: \ge-vern-ment\ n 1: authoritative direction or control : rule 2 : the making of policy 3 : the organization or agency through which a political unit exercises authority 4 : the complex of institutions, laws, and customs through which a political unit is governed 5 : the governing body

There are many forms of governments in the world. I believe the United States of America, which is a Constitutional Republic had, at its inception, the most biblical form of government. Through its system of elected government officials at the local, State and Federal levels, with their checks and balances, justice and judgment are dispensed, most equitably above all other forms of government. Although it has been acknowledged by our founding fathers that in order for our form of government to continue equitably, both in justice and judgment, God-fearing men must be elected into governmental office by a God-fearing people. In other words, a Constitutional Republic or rule of law will only work in a society where God-fearing leaders and citizens honor moral standards.

“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles... This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.” Noah Webster

2) Defining the Church

We find in the Holy Scriptures that the church is made up of sinners or criminals that have been pardoned through repentance from sin and faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. The sinner, by virtue of the pardon extended, now loves Jesus more than anyone or anything and therefore is loyal to Him. As loyal and obedient subjects or citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, God and His law now govern the redeemed. Hence, we understand that the Kingdom of Heaven is indeed within the believer, if he remains obedient to the dictates of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit no longer dwells in temples made with hands but in the redeemed, His people. The Church is made up of a royal priesthood, a holy nation belonging to and being governed by God Himself.

3) Government and the Church

The two, government and Church, are not mutually exclusive as some suppose in regard to duties, obligations and responsibilities: for the same end is to be secured by them both, namely, under God, to establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to our posterity and ourselves. In short, to love God first and our neighbor as ourselves. For example, the military is funded by the people to battle the country's enemies, both foreign and domestic; thereby freeing up citizens to carry on with the responsibilities at home unhindered by the rigors of war. But if the enemy should break through the battle lines and find his way to the civilians' neighborhood and home it now becomes the civilian's duty to defend, with deadly force if necessary, themselves, families and neighbors, etc.

In like manner, the paid military soldier, though he is by profession set aside to protect and defend the country from enemies, does not assume that because he is such, he is excluded from other moral obligations or duties in other areas of life. In other words, profession does not have priority over moral obligation or duty but on the contrary the opposite is true. The professional carpenter, doctor, brain surgeon, garbage man, soldier, President, Open Air Preacher, etc., is not excluded from all other moral obligations or duty outside his profession. Mankind is morally obligated to do their duty in every situation and without exception, according to their ability, whether they are paid for it or not. The conscience affirms this truth.

It is, I must confess, hard at times to stomach the staunch pacifist that suppose themselves to be wiser and with greater insights into “spiritual things” than our founding fathers. I submit that on the Day of Judgment, when the books are opened, that the majority of us will shrink in shame if the exposition of our deeds should be made manifest after one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for a very risky proposition indeed. In so doing they established a precedent for a courageous defense of principle that has been a hallmark of American civilization ever since.

The Declaration of Independence, the foundation of our government and nation, declares: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness.”

The Bible, Constitution and Bill of Rights in that order are the basis of all our laws. We are not to be governed by men, but by laws, laws that have at their foundation self-evident, inalienable rights which come from God. These laws apply universally to all men. No man is above the law of God and so it follows that no man is above the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It our elected leaders break the laws of God, and insist that we submit to their lawless leadership contrary to conscience, we must disobey them, even to the extent that we take up arms and win our independence from their tyranny as our American forefathers did over 200 years ago.

For instance, our American forefathers insisted that the Second Amendment is necessary to the preservation of this free society. The Second Amendment of the Constitution, or Article II of the Bill of Rights reads, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” When the government makes laws that forbid this constitutionally protected and necessary right, as they have attempted many years now and intend to do further, they are the criminals. We have a duty to resist by all means available such mischief framed by “law”.

Psalm 94:20-21

20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

Our forefathers predicted that if we gave up the necessary right and duty to keep and bear arms, the death warrant of our freedoms will have been signed. Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration, said, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” One who submits to tyrants will wind up enslaved, his children murdered, his wife raped, his goods destroyed. One who disobeys and resists the tyrants that would attempt to rule over them, as did those in the book of Judges in the Holy Bible, is a hero and a patriot in the sight of God and unto all free men of conscience.

One of New England's most revered and highly influential clergymen, Samuel West was repeatedly sought out for advice on political matters. He wrote a sermon, which was preached before the Council and House of Representatives in 1776 and later reprinted widely throughout the colonies. The sermon was entitled, “On The Right to Rebel”. Not surprisingly, it quickly became one of the most significant justifications for the struggle for independence. His understanding of a godly government are reflected, in part, in this chapter.

Many religious people seem to believe that a Christian's relationship to government is one of unlimited submission. That by rendering unlimited submission to government authorities the Christian would in turn be rendering unlimited submission to God Himself. In like manner, to resist or rebel against a governmental authority is to resist or rebel against God Himself. This particular class of Christian believes we are to “render to Caesar” or pay whatever tribute is demanded us so as to maintain the salaries and upkeep of the same (and to pay for their social programs). The confusion and ensuing controversy comes in when the governing authorities are become tyrannical or despotic. The specific class of Christian, which we have been discussing, will maintain that unlimited submission is obligatory whether the governmental authorities are tyrannical and despotic or kind and benevolent. This violates all principles of justice as revealed in the conscience, as well as the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

NOTE: Is anyone surprised the Communist government of Red China not only agrees with 'unlimited submission' but facilitates this relationship between religion and government, as is evident in the article below:

“Those with ultimate power for controlling religion in China are atheists – they are required to be so by Communist Party regulations,” an observer notes. “State religious policy”, as explained by Chinese President Ziang Zemin in the March 14th, 1996 edition of the People's Daily, is to "...actively guide religion so that it can be adapted to socialist society.”

This class of Christian which, by the way, crosses the boundaries of many organized religious denominations, often misinterpret Romans ch.13 to mean that we should obey all so-called authority, which would be in compliance with the Chinese state religion. That is to say, yield to them unlimited submission. They teach that we should obey even corrupt governmental leaders, whether it is Stalin, Hitler, Pharaoh, Chinese President Ziang Zemin or U.S. President Clinton. Now in light of the doctrine of “unlimited submission”, some of the questions which must be asked are:

1) Should the Christian have turned over Jews to be burned in the Dachau, Triblinka, Auschwitz (etc.) concentration camp ovens simply because the governmental authorities ordered it?

2) Maybe Rahab the harlot should have turned over the Hebrew spies?

3) Perhaps, in obedience to the King (Pharaoh), the Hebrew midwifes should have murdered all the male children when their mothers were on the birthing stools?

Of course, these notions are ridiculous but nevertheless these are the very types of things the false-doctrine of Unlimited Submission demands. When the highest authority of our country, the President of the United States, sanctions and subsidizes, with the people's tax dollars, the murder of the innocent millions by Abortion, should we continue to submit as unto the Lord? When the government subsidizes the homosexual political bodies such as Act Up and Queer Nation, as legitimate civil rights groups, should we submit, and not resist?

The citizens of the United States may still succeed where the children of Israel failed. In the passage below God was angry with His people and judged them as idolaters. God had redeemed His people from the bondage of Egypt and they owed Him their lives as free men. Rather than give God His due they neglected to uphold the laws of Jehovah, but rather, as a wandering harlot gave her allegiance to other gods, walking in the wicked statutes of corrupt rulers.

II Kings 17:7-8

7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,

8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.

Let us examine Romans ch.13, which is one of the strongholds of Christian pacifist teaching. Their perverse interpretation demands that we should give unlimited submission to all governing authorities, regardless of the tyrannical and despotic policies and laws they impose:

Romans 13:1-7

1 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.

2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

3 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:

4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

God has created man with moral powers and faculties, by which the creature recognizes and discerns right and wrong, truth and falsehood, good and evil. So mankind's moral obligation to both God and his fellows is intrinsically known, hence the approbation of conscience which arises out of good done and the condemnation and disapproval of conscience when evil is perpetrated. If mankind had universally maintained moral integrity in submission to God, there would never have been the need to institute governments to enact or enforce penal laws, for “the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (I Timothy 1:8-10).

Therefore, because of the depravity of mankind, wisdom demands the citizenry form governing bodies to enact laws, with their precepts and just penalties, for the well being and security of the community in general. To the extent that these hired magistrates fulfill the duties entrusted to them by the people in securing the well being of the citizenry at all levels, local, State and Nationally, they are indeed God's ministers.

Notice the job description the inspired writer outlines for the ministers of God in Romans 13:4, “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: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” While the rulers remain a terror to evil workers and at the same time praise the workers of good they are indeed the “ministers of God,” but when they cease to be and do so, they also cease to be the “ministers” of God. Should a governmental ruler begin to punish the righteous and praise the wicked, he would justly incur the ire and wrath of God and all good men, and therefore not be a “minister of God”, but a tyrant, a despot, and one that must be stopped.


[End of Part VIII]



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Postby Billy Hoffmann » Thu, 2007-03-22 00:38

Jesus, Warrior King
(or Jesus is not a pacifist)

by Chuck Spingola


8. Biblical Objections to Self-Defense

Pastor Williams quotes Luke 9:54-56:

54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

55 But He turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.

56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

"When examining Luke 9:54-56, we observe Jesus rebuking James and John as not knowing “what manner of spirit ye are of” as they asked Jesus if He wanted them to call down fire from heaven upon evil men. Pastor Williams concludes, “You have a bad spirit if you want to punish the worker of iniquity because Jesus did not come to punish but to save.”


The context in which the passage is to be interpreted is contained in the previous verses, found in Luke 9:51-53:

51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.

52 And sent messengers before His face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him.

53 And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though He would go to Jerusalem.

To summarize, these three verses show that James and John wanted to burn crowds of Samaritans like toast, as they recalled what Elijah had done, for nothing more than socially rejecting Jesus: this was hardly a Capital Crime.

Again, Jesus' disciples James and John were rebuked for wanting to kill men in a most cruel fashion, contrary to the law. In other words, the civil penalty they wanted to administer did not match up with the supposed crime. Jesus was rebuking James and John for a wrong spirit and unrighteous judgment. Praise is never appropriate for unrighteous judgment but the sternest condemnation and rebuke. Elijah, however, was apparently justified when he called down fire upon the soldiers of the idol-worshiping Ahaziah. God the righteous did send consuming flame from heaven upon them. In the passage below we can see Elijah the Tishbite has the Word of the LORD for Ahaziah, King of Israel, a death sentence for idolatry:

II Kings 1:6 – And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? Therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

In verses 9-12, the first two set of fifty (50) soldiers that were sent to fetch Elijah to answer to King Ahaziah concerning the death sentence Elijah had conveyed, did not come in a spirit of humility, but one that apparently intimidated the man of God and led him to believe they meant to do him harm. See II Kings 1:9-12 below:

9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.

12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

After calling down fire on the first two sets of fifty, notice the humble change of attitude displayed in the captain of the third fifty, his heart was ripe for mercy (it is amazing what a little judgment can accomplish). With this apparent new attitude, the angel of the LORD said to Elijah, “Go down with him: be not afraid of him.” See II Kings 1:13-15 below:

13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants be precious in thy sight.

14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.

15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.

We have just examined two different accounts of men invoking the judgment of God. In the first incident, (Luke 9:51-56) the disciples ask “Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?” As we observed, Jesus' disciples received a strong rebuke while Elias (Elijah) did not. Why? Simply put, God saw Elijah was just in his judgment while James and John were unjust. Dispensationalists, who mistakenly assume that a metamorphosis has taken place in the Divine Character, would interpret this supposed inconsistency between the New Testament disciples, James and John, and the Old Testament prophet Elijah according to their presupposition. To wit: In the Old Testament, the God of Elijah was mean and exacting, but Jesus, the New Testament God of James and John, reserves all judgment and is always merciful, regardless of man's heart condition.

This distorted view of the Divine Character will manifest itself in a kind of schizophrenia in the decisions and judgments of them that embrace it. In the Gospel proclamation, the law and its righteous judgments reveal God's character. This revelation of God's character is paramount to the saving of men's souls. If God's ministers present a perversion of God's character, how then will any of our hearers get a clear revelation of God? James and John's notion of justice and judgment in this particular instance was perverse, thus deserving of the Lord's sternest rebuke. How difficult and humbling it must have been to receive such a harsh rebuke from the Master. May we as Christ's ministers learn from James and John's mistake, lest we receive a just rebuke from the Lord as well.

Let us embrace this admonition from Jesus Christ as found in John 7:24:

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Pastor Williams also cites Psalm 11:5 – The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

The LORD's soul hateth him that loveth violence. Amen. Self-defense can hardly be considered loving violence. Let's imagine five guys are planning to employ violence in silencing God's minister. They attack and the victim defends himself. If I had to choose which one loved violence it would have to be the group of five attackers. It is good to know that it was not just myself that was angry with those who assaulted me, but my God's very soul hated them.

Matthew 5:38-39: Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: [39] But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Once again, to take this passage out of the realm of an unjust, inequitable religious fog of confusion, let us interpret the above passage in context. Eleven verses earlier Jesus sets the stage or foundation for the teaching He will give in the following verses of Matthew 5:17-18:

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

So then, is Jesus doing away with the Old Testament law of an “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” or not? He said He was not! Now the passages in question, Matthew 5:38-39 and the three following verses of 40-42 are not to be considered laws but rather counsel or advice for conduct. As we have discussed in the previous chapter #6, “Law and Salvation”, Law is made up of two parts: 1) Precept and, 2) Penalty. The precept would be the “Thou shalt not” do thus and so. The penalty would be punishment for doing what “thou shalt not” do. It has been truly said that without the penalty phase, law would be no law at all, but simply counsel or advice. These passages can be understood to reflect the “Spirit” but cannot be pressed to the letter or taken literally.

If however we were to press to the “letter” or take literally verses 40-42....

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

...then we would have to conclude Almighty God has a special interest in someone giving his cloak in a lawsuit. We would also be left to speculate as to what Jesus meant exactly to the letter when He said, “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain”. Is Jesus saying that if someone compel thee to go a mile carrying his groceries then carry them two? If this were the case then what if the person for whom you, in literal obedience to vs. 41, carried his groceries two miles actually only lived one mile away? You would have over shot his home by one mile and left the individual the same distance from home while burning up a large amount of valuable time. If you were to carry the groceries that had in its contents critically needed medicine, you could have quite possibly secured the death of a sick man by going two miles instead of the requested one. In regard to the save verse (41) pressed to the letter we would also have to wonder exactly what Jesus meant by “whosoever shall compel thee”. Did Jesus mean by “compel” that someone 1) ask you, 2) demand of you at sword point, or 3) challenges you? So we can see that if one were to try to press these passages to the letter rather than to interpret them in the light of the spirit of what is being said, it can only lead to confusion and speculation. To encapsulate Mt. 5:38-39, then Paul the Apostle and the Lord Jesus Himself are guilty of doing violence to the word of God as they each apparently violated the letter to “turn the other cheek” in the two following passages within Acts 23:2-3:

And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

We see Paul rightfully invokes the law and does not passively turn the other cheek while the law is broken.

John 18:22-23: And when He had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou Me?

This was not Jesus' time to die on the cross, not just yet; so when the Lord was smitten unjustly He protested and did not passively “turn the other cheek”. I conclude that turning the other cheek is more of a metaphor and cannot be pressed to the letter. It is simply wisdom and an attitude Jesus' disciples are to live by, which accepts reproach yet does not condone nor is apathetic toward lawlessness.

If counsel or advice is not conformed or adhered to it cannot carry with it moral condemnation and exacts no penalty because there is no sin. If you will notice, Jesus precedes this suggested response to being smitten with Old Testament law, the penalty for an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth (vs.38). This penalty is to be exacted from two men who are striving and unintentionally hurt a woman who is with child. As the woman and child have been damaged so shall it be to those who have done the damage, an eye for an eye, etc. It is also important to note there is no penalty for two men striving (fighting) if no innocent being is harmed.

[End of Part IX]

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Note: The above is half of chapter #8, which will be posted soon, Lord willing.


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