No Defense For Christian Self-Defense
2 November 2013
 
 
Today I came across a very distressing and disappointing report on the Jihad Watch Web site: Kenyan pastors ask for AK-47s to counter Islamic jihad attacks.

Before I address this report, I have to respond to an equally distressing and disappointing statement with which Mr. Spencer introduced the report: "Christianity has never opposed self-defense." Not only is this statement false, it is also dangerous.

Although Christianity has generally not opposed self-defense for the past 1,700 years — since the time of the disastrous Emperor Constantine — followers of Yeshua (Jesus) were opposed to self-defense during the first 300 years of Christianity. And the teaching of the New Testament is definitely opposed to it. I have addressed the topic of Christianity and violence a number of times in past articles on this Web site: I've also written a few articles about Christianity and violence on my Brian's Bits Web site: In the last article listed above, I made the point that Christian self-defense is illogical and immoral. If a Christian kills a non-Christian in self-defense, he is sending that non-Christian straight to hell (because that person is not a Christian, and non-Christians don't go to heaven when they die, but to that other place). Therefore, if a Christian truly cares about the eternal soul and destiny of a non-Christian, then they would never kill a non-Christian, not even in supposed self-defense.

If a non-Christian kills a Christian, the Christian goes straight to heaven to be with Yeshua, as the Bible teaches (see 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 and Philippians 1:21-23). Therefore, the non-Christian is doing the Christian a favor, by taking them out of this sinful world, full of sorrow and pain, and sending them straight to Paradise, where there is neither sorrow nor pain.

In light of these realities, what defense is there for Christian self-defense? There is NO legitimate excuse! The only reason for it is because these "Christians" don't really believe what the Bible teaches. Yeshua clearly instructed that if you try to hold on to and save your life in this world, you will lose it for eternity (see Matthew 10:39, Matthew 16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, Luke 17:33, John 12:25).

These "Christians" are being utterly selfish because they would rather send non-Christians to hell for eternity rather than give up their earthly lives for the sake of the non-Christians who are trying to kill them. Seeing that these Kenyen pastors, along with most American Christians, would rather send somebody to hell for eternity than give up their lives in this world makes me really wonder if they are even true Christians in the first place.

Can you even imagine this scenario being in the New Testament: Yeshua grabs and AK-47 an blasts to hell those who are trying to kill Him? Is this the kind of Savior the Kenyan pastors imagine they serve? Is it not a totally blasphemous travesty to imagine Yeshua like that? Read the New Testament and see for yourself that Yeshua was exactly the opposite!

Would the Apostle Paul, or any of the other apostles, disciples or New Testament authors ever have killed someone in order to save their own earthly life? Absolutely NOT! So how can any person who considers themself a follower of Yeshua possibly think it is OK to kill anyone for any reason?! The whole concept of "Christian self-defense" is completely scandalous and totally against the teaching of the New Testament!!! In every sense of the word it is anti-Christ.

I call upon these Kenyan pastors, as well as any other person who considers themself to be a Christian, to completely renounce their reliance on violence for self-defense. Be willing and ready to give up your temporary earthly life for the sake of non-Christians whom Yeshua died for on the execution stake (cross). For the love of Yeshua, follow His example and lay down your lives for your enemies, even as Yeshua laid down His life for you while you were still His enemy (see Romans 5:6-10).

It is a glorious honor to suffer and die for the sake of Yeshua and the Gospel, so why should you, as stated in the above-mentioned report, be "no longer willing to turn the other cheek"? This quote from pastor Lambert Mbela is truly pathetic: "Our many churches are not under any protection. They do not have walls or gates. The government should issue AK-47 rifles to every church so that we can stop them from being burnt, our property from being looted and our pastors and Christians from being killed." It is exactly the disgraceful "Christian" attitude which I documented in Crucified Again — The Calamity of Pagan Christianity.

Dear Kenyan pastors, fear of death and trying to hold onto your present life is leading you astray and into sin. If you are violent towards those who are violent towards you, you are just as evil as they are. I implore you to follow the holy example of Yeshua, who "was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He did not open His mouth." (see Acts 8:26-35).

Remember the glorious words of the Apostle Paul, and let them strengthen you as you face death for Yeshua's sake:
You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, "Abba, Father." For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children. And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Messiah we are heirs of God's glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Can anything ever separate us from Yeshua's love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? As the Scriptures say, "For Your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep." No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Messiah, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Yeshua the Messiah our Master.  (Romans 8:15-18,31,35-39, emphasis mine)
For more thoughts about being ready to die so that Muslims might find eternal life in Yeshua, see my previous articles: For a follow-up discussion of this article in response to reader comments, see my next two articles: The Danger of Shallow Roots and Seeking Martyrdom.
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On November 3, 2013, ecosse14 wrote:
Sad so very sad that you feel being a Christian means you and your family should submit to every indignity and injury. If that was true Christianity then I would leave now. I am so so so glad that you are in a very very small minority.
On November 3, 2013, Brian Byrd wrote:
For my reply to the above comment from "ecosse14," see my next article: The Danger of Shallow Roots.