Watchman Willie Martin Archive

I get so sick of hearing that Christians are not supposed to defend themselves. Such teaching is not Scriptural; IT IS THE TEACHINGS OF COWARDS AND TRAITORS (And most of those who cry out Christians are not to defend themselves from the evil ones, will fight to the death so that a woman and a doctor can murder her baby in the womb) TO ALMIGHTY GOD AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. No one has any objection to the Blacks defending themselves; nor for the Jews to teach to every Jew a 22. But let a Christian defend him/herself that brings on all kinds of outcries from those who profess themselves to be such great Christians that they can reprimand their brothers and sisters, when in fact, they are nothing of the sort and don't know what being a Christian is.

Almost immediately after an attack on a Christian, criticism is leveled at that person who dares to defend him/herself. Many times the police will admit that without such defense the person could have been mugged, raped or worse, but the attack was cut short by the prompt action of the man or woman who fought back. Yet our so‑called religious leaders, and other so‑called Christians will take it upon themselves to condemn that act of defense.

It is of course inconsistent to condemn violence and then to condemn those who resist violence. One cannot weigh the defender in the same scales as the aggressor. THE INNOCENT HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE GUILTY! The Law of God states: "If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed." (Exodus 22:2)

If killing a thief is acceptable to God then how much more would be the act of the brave young man or woman who shot back at the attacker and cut short their attack on them. "BE NOT YE AFRAID OF THEM: REMEMBER THE LORD, WHICH IS GREAT AND TERRIBLE, AND FIGHT FOR YOUR BRETHREN, YOUR SONS, AND YOUR DAUGHTERS, YOUR WIVES, AND YOUR HOUSES." (Nehemiah 4:14).

Make no mistake about it, God is not a pacifist (Ezekiel 14:21; Deuteronomy 32:39‑43); neither is Jesus a pacifist (Matthew 21:12‑13; Luke 22:36; Rev. 14:19‑20; 19:11‑16) nor is the Bible a pacifist document (Num. 1:2‑3; Judges 3:2; Psalm 144;1‑2).

There are 6 different words for "kill" in the Hebrew. The Bible clearly distinguishes between premeditated murder (which is what the 6th Commandment forbids: "You shall do no murder"), accidental manslaughter, killing an enemy in the heat of battle, the killing of animals, execution of criminals for capital offenses and self defense.

Pacifist Christians are inconsistent Christians; they are double minded, and the Scriptures state: "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Pacifism is an un‑Biblical position. God's Word commands that murderers be executed (Gen. 9:6; Exodus 21:12‑16; Leviticus 24:17‑22; Numbers 35:33). Civil government is appointed to "BEAR THE SWORD...He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer." (Romans 13:4)

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