When the majority of church leaders are going in a certain direction regarding politics, the military, warfare, and that direction is unbiblical, it can be a great hindrance for those who are seeking truth, for those both inside and outside of the institutional “church.”
The military and warfare are glamorized within the “church” walls and a subtle recruiting campaign can be observed (maybe not so subtle). This is an ongoing situation, and I very recently listened to a service, via the internet, of such an event. It took place in a very large church that most born again Christians would easily recognize.
It grieves me that this type of teaching is found in churches that are known worldwide, or that it is found in any Christian church for that matter. It grieves me to know that there are many young people in these congregations under the influence of this type of teaching.
Jesus commands us to preach the gospel and to love our enemies. Why isn’t the name of Jesus (Deity), like the name of Gandhi (a mere man), synonymous with the concept of peaceful non-violence. Christ’s followers are to be as lambs and sheep in the midst of wolves, and wise as serpents but harmless as doves.
There is a great conflict of interest here for the born again Christian. We are ambassadors for Christ. How can we kill in a war and offer reconciliation at the same time.
2 Corinthias 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
Mark12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
There were conscientious objectors during World War II. Some were Baptists, living under Nazi occupation. One Baptist man, who was an Evangelist during World War II, said that the devil was the real enemy, and he refused to carry a weapon. The early church for the first few hundred years was also of the same mind.
There will always be wars while this world exists. But as Christians we follow Jesus who said …
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
There are those who teach that a believer cannot fall away from the faith. Scripture teaches otherwise. How can we be silent when doctrine determines behavior, and so many around us, especially the youth, are being recruited and deceived.
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Matthew 5:39 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.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Luke 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Galatians 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Isaiah 5:20 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!