Why All The Christian Confusion?

As of late there seems to be an over-abundance of articles talking about how church/ministry leaders should or should not handle current issues, why people (primarily millennials and the LGBT crowd) are or are not leaving a church or joining a church, and the overall view of Christians in America and the western world.

Some articles are holding down to the fact we’re a Christian nation, while others state our society and culture is post-Christian. There are statements made condemning current society, whilst others are stating why it’s ok and a good thing for Christendom.

Many of these articles in reference are written by pastors and Christian authors from various churches around the country. Many may be found browsing ChurchLeaders.com, CharismaNews.com, OutreachMagazine.com, the ChurchJobFinder.com blog, and ChristianPost.com to name a few.

Many of these authors are trying to give advice to churches, Christian leaders, and Christians et al on how to handle different issues. Many doing so with the concern of their tax-exempt status, without taking into consideration 508c1a of the IRS tax code. Despite the many pastors and ministries putting out information about 508c1a vs 501c3. Despite popular belief, churches are NOT required to file for 501c3 to be tax-exempt since churches and most religious organizations are tax-excluded by default. The authors of such articles focusing primarily on how to act as to not lose tax-exempt status, not only have their priorities in the wrong place and all messed up, they are in ministry for all the wrong reasons. Christ’s Church does not need to ask for a privilege be given us when it is already a right handed to us.

Granted we are clearly in trying times, some things need to be understood. They are as follows:
– America, and many western nations, were founded upon Christian principles.
– Most western nations, however, are in a post-Christian era.
– Watering down the Gospel to suit current political winds will only cause the death of Christianity, as it will be no different than secular society.
– Maintaining 501c3 status only maintains your subservience to the State, not to God.
– Treating others, Christians and non-Christians alike, as outsiders will only do more harm than good.

It is a well-known fact, or atleast it used to be, that America’s founding fathers were Christian to one degree or another, it was the churches that fought in the Revolution against Britian, and our Constitution was written based on these Christian principles. This makes America a Christian nation, as we are governed by Christian principles. However, we must also realize our society is increasingly secularized and moving in a post-Christian direction.

In this post-Christian society, certain things are bound to happen. An increase in Christian persecution, an increase in immoral behaviour, and the eventual collapse of the economy and society et al. The nation we currently know as America will cease to exist, and a new nation will rise up in her place. It is these events that many pastors and Christian authors are writing articles condemning current society, demanding Christians have an “in your face” type attitude towards non-Christians and those they view as “heretics” or “new age”, and are instilling a combination of fear and excitement into their readers. Fear of the government and secularists, and excitement for near “rapture” and/or return of Christ.

Despite all their alleged Christology knowledge, Bible memorization, and prayers, they seem to miss one major point. This is the fact that Christianity began in an extremely secular world, was persecuted heavily, and yet flourished. Moving into a post-Christian era is not necessarily a bad thing. The few authors who state so, on this I agree. Perhaps Christians in America and the west need to experience a culture that does not embrace Christian principles in order to truly understand the faith. Perhaps, in a post-Christian society, where Christians go from the cultural norm to being the counter-culture, the truly faithful will wake-up, realize the heresies and blasphemies that have been entering the churches for hundreds of years, and return to the un-altered, un-edited version of Christianity – the exact and precise message of Jesus Christ. Perhaps a post-Christian era will finally rid Christianity of “churchianity”, “Paulianity”, or whatever other name for it that may be out there.

Many churches, and entire denominations, have already re-written their doctrines and dogma to be ever more accepting of the secular world. These churches will cease to exist as they continue to erode away at their own relevance to society, it is only a matter of time. Only the churches whom remain true will continue to bring in new congregants. There will no doubt be a period of “shrinking” before a slow, but steady, “growth”. This is normal.

Pastors and churches who are altering their churches or denominations doctrines to fit the current political winds are nothing but frauds. They care nothing about following Christ, they care nothing about the health of the Church, and they care nothing about Christians et al. All they care about is being State-sanctioned puppets and maintaining State-privileged tax-exempt status. The only concern they have is their pockets being filled with money from any Christians they can decieve and secularists they can fool. These churches apparently forgot, or just don’t believe, the warnings in Revelation.

People are not going to join a church that they view is no different from secular society, but at the same time they aren’t going to join a church that’s constantly belittling them and making them feel as an outsider. Talk to people as if they were, well, people. If you do, you might actually see a growth in your local churches. These new members of the church fellowship may soon after convert to Christianity. But only if you treat them as a person, not an object or an outsider. Even if you disagree with their secular ways, you MUST treat them as a person. They are not going to convert to a faith and way of life they view as more arrogant and more unaccepting that the secular society of which they currently belong. There are ways to condemn a way of life, or certain practices, without talking down to the individual or making them feel inferior.

Christians, you want to know how to move forward? Stop worrying and fearing nonsense. Times are going to get increasingly harder, but we were told this would happen. We were also told what will be after. If you feel you need to fear what tomorrow will bring, you have little to no faith. If you need advice on how to talk to people, you’re inhumane. Jesus told us about these times to come. A sense of love, morality, and common sense should tell you that you should speak to others as individuals. You know how you want to spoken to and treated, that is how you should speak to and treat others. Be kind, compassionate, and explain the faith, chances are the individual will convert. May not happen overnight, they may ask to fellowship and/or join church functions for awhile first. And that is fine. That is how conversions happen and desciples are made. They ask questions, experience the culture, and eventually convert. It is these converts who usually make the best desciples. They are fresh to the faith and wanting to tell everyone of their experiences and feelings.

It is rather upsetting to see so many not only questioning the topics just discussed, but the misleading and deceptive concepts put forth in so many of these articles across the internet. There is clearly a split happening in Christianity. You have one half trying to go back to and hold on to the true message of Christ, and you have the other half following the political winds and willingly enslaving themselves to the State. Which half is it that you, your pastor, and your church belong?

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Problem Within Modern Christendom

What is wrong with today’s Christians?

Over the years I have seen similar scenario’s, almost always eventually including the same verbatim remark. This remark is “They’re not real Christians…They pervert the Bible/Jesus/etc….If I were you, I would stay away from them”. This statement is said by all Christians of every denomination of Christianity, in some cases even toward each other. Do you even understand Jesus’ message?

Most mainstream Christian denominations barely get along with each other. Many even fight within their own denomination. But almost no mainstream Christian even attempts to try and understand, let alone get along with, smaller and non-mainstream denominations. They literally suggest they aren’t Christian. Now, if Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Mormon, Catholic all are considered accepted denominations by the mainstream, and members of one refuse to acknowledge another as Christian, how can you be expected to recognize a lesser-known and/or smaller denomination as Christian? And therein lays the problem.

Jesus said:
John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Matthew 12:25
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mark 3:25
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Unless we heed these words, Christendom is going to collapse at noones fault but our own. It doesn’t matter what theological differences stand between denominations, or even churches of the same denomination, if we all understand Jesus’ message. The fact is, everyone out there who claims to be Christian should have accepted Christ into their lives and hearts. They are all our brothers and sisters. Denominational doctrines isn’t what’s going to get us accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven. Understanding, accepting, and living by Christ’s message is.

If a particular denomination, or individual within a denomination, has a varying viewpoint on a topic, that does not make them un-Christian, anti-Christian, or that they are no longer brethren in Christ. At best, all it means is that may have a very interesting theological discussion with the individual. Perhaps they see and understand something you do not. Or maybe they’re a bit off the path and need someone to pull them back on. Or maybe they’re at a point in their spiritual growth God wants them at to learn something. How are you going to know where the individual is coming from if you refuse to view them as brethren, or even go as far as refusing to associate with them and get to know them? You can’t help someone or understand someone if you refuse to even talk with them.

If Christians keep taking it upon themselves to judge whether or not another is or is not a Christian, Christendom will keep dividing until it’s eventual collapse. There is no reason why Christians can’t along across denominational lines, mainstream and non-mainstream. The worst that can happen from forging alliances across denominational lines is that we all learn something; and in the process, bring Christendom back together and actually live the message of Christ. Let’s not forget, that prior to the RCC (and actions that immediately followed), Jesus’ followers were divided across “denominational” lines, and yet many accepted each other and discussed their varying viewpoints. The early Christians clearly understood the message clearer than the vast majority of modern Christians.

How can any Christian claim to be a follower of Christ when they are taking it upon themselves to determine who is a Christian, what theology is correct (without atleast studying the origins), and choosing to only associate with others who believe close to the same? If you do these aforementioned, how do you expect to grow Christendom, reach the lost, and help those who need it? How do you expect to help anyone if you won’t atleast take the time to know them and understand where they are coming from?

There is far too much infighting within Christendom going on. If it continues, it will breed more division. A house can only withstand so much division before it collapses, unless it is pulled back together and repaired. We are in trying times. Many may turn to Revelation and claim acceptance of this division. That is a fool’s card to play. To accept division, for any reason, is to accept the coming collapse. How can you claim to be a follower of Christ working towards expanding Christendom, and at the same time be accepting of it’s collapse? Are you following Christ or mammon?

Matthew 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

This topic was touched upon in various ways over the years, please read the articles. There are more than what is listed, but the one’s chosen to be included here, I feel make the point-
Published to ReverendDrRed.com are the following:

Sheeple – written Feb. 9, 2012, Todays Paul Reveres and Thomas Jeffersons Are Already Here – written Aug. 12, 2012, Persecution – written April 28, 2012, Christendom: Time To Unite – written Oct. 18, 2012, Time To Stand – written Nov. 11, 2012, Unseen Prophecy – written Aug. 2, 2013, A Call To Return – written Aug. 7, 2013 Are Political Cliques Hurting America? – written Jan. 25, 2014, and Catholic Malcontent – written March 13, 2014

Related:
A Rant – written March 3, 2012 and Time To Choose A Side – written March 29, 2012

Published to SpiritualMessiahMinistries.org are the following:

A Call To All Christians – published April 21, 2011, Is This The End Of America? A Christian Ministers Point Of View – written Aug. 11, 2011, Are We Truly Free – written Oct. 1, 2011, Attack on Christianity in America – written Feb. 9, 2012, and Demise of Christianity in America – published Aug. 30, 2012

Related:
Hated Minister And Ministry – written April 20, 2012, and Disbelief – written May 14, 2012

It is in the hopes and prayers of Spiritual Messiah Ministries, that all who see this will atleast consider what is being said and pass it on. That Christendom will begin to unite across denominational lines and work together. That Christendom will pull back together before it divides itself into oblivion.

If you would like to join our efforts, please Click Here for information about the Spiritual Truth Movement & Coalition. If you would like to join our ministry, for information Click Here

Where Are All The Watchmen?

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If Jesus Christ Was Here Today…

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Rapture: True or False? Part 3

Rapture Theory: True or False? Part 3
by Rev. Dr. Red

If you haven’t already done so, please view Part 1 and 2. Part1 goes into the history of Rapture Theory. Parts 1 and 2 provide scriptures backing up the fact that the deology of a “rapture” is false doctrine. This part is strictly pertaining to Tribulation.

Rapture Theory: True or False? Part 1
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Rapture Theory: True or False? Part 2
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Everyone is well aware that the Last Days are going to bring about a Tribulation period. God in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament have told us that there will be a Tribulation. We were also told what signs to look for so we may know if we are in truly in the End Times leading to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The problem arises in the fact that many Christians believe that we will all somehow escape this Tribulation period. That somehow we are too “good” for Tribulation.

The reason this is a problem is because the Prophets and God all throughout the Old Testament as well as Jesus and the Apostles in the New Testament clearly state that we WILL be persecuted, imprisoned, and martyred in days of Tribulation. How can we (Christians) suffer such persecution if we are “saved” from Tribulation. All throughout history Christians have suffered persecution. It will be no different in the ays of Tribulation. There are also to be 144,000 sealed, who cannot be touched by such persecution, for the purpose of keeping the Gospel spreading and Christian morale high despite the persecution.
God has always protected HIS people from HIS wrath on the non-believers. A perfect example is Egypt. The Israelites were very much alive and present in Egypt as the Egyptians felt Gods wrath. God protected the Israelites from suffering His wrath.
Now Tribulation is another story. It will be us Christians suffering the wrath of Satan. Many will give up their faith in Christ (the falling away). Those who do not will be persecuted as never before. It is going to be extremely tough times. There will be many Christians who are imprisoned and killed for nothing more than being Christian. There will also be many Christians who run to the wilderness and rural areas as to escape persecution.

If these Christians were non-existant in Tribulation, then who is it Satan is waging war on? Scripture tells he is waging war on the faithful (Christians). To believe otherwise is akin to suggesting Jesus is a liar. Are you calling Jesus a liar? If so, you have no faith.

People are quick to believe we won’t be here for one reason. Noone wants to believe we are going to be put through such a grand test of faith. Truly, that is what Tribulation is. It is a test of the faith we Christians have and the last chance for non-believers to repent and come to Christ.

What is the definition of Tribulation?
distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; also : a trying experience

What is the etymology of Tribulation?
early 13c., from O.Fr. tribulacion (12c.), from L.L. tribulationem (nom. tribulatio) “distress, trouble, affliction” (c.200), from tribulatus, pp. of tribular “to oppress, afflict,” a figurative use by Christian writers of L. tribulare “to press,” also possibly “to thresh out grain,” from tribulum “threshing sledge,” from stem of terere “to rub” + -bulum, suffix forming names of tools.

Going by the definition and etymology of Tribulation, it is fair to say a true believer lives in constant tribulation. It is also fair to say, as per Jesus’ warnings, Christians living through THE Tribulation will suffer a great deal more than any time in history. Jesus has told us we WILL be persecuted for our faith in Him. But this persecution and testing of our faith, to those who endure to the end, grants us eternal life. To try and escape Tribulation is to escape the reality of what Jesus has told us. In other words, to look for an escape route is akin to having no faith. If you are truly faithful, there is nothing to worry about. As Joshua 1:9 states, God is with us where ever we go, we are to have courage not fear.

Now lets take a look at some scripture:

Deuteronomy 4:30-31 KJV
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

1 Samuel 10:19 KJV
And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands.

Psalm 34:19, 21-22 KJV
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Matthew 24:21-25 KJV
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.

Mark 13:20-23, 33 KJV
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

John 16:33 KJV
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Acts 14:22 KJV
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Romans 5:3-5 KJV
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 8:18, 28, 35-39 KJV
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 12:10-15, 21 KJV
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Corinthians 10:13, 26 KJV
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 KJV
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2 Corinthians 7:4 KJV
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

1 Thessalonians 3:4 KJV
For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

2 Thessalonians 1:4-10 KJV
So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

James 1:12 KJV
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

1 Peter 1:6-9 KJV
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 4:12-13, 16 KJV
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

1 Peter 5:10 KJV
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Revelation 2:7, 10 KJV
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Revelation 7:14 KJV
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

It is completely un-Biblical to suggest Christians will not be present during Tribulation. Anyone who is telling you that for one reason or another, you can escape Tribulation is perverting Scriptures and teaching false doctrines.

Any questions, feel free to ask. Below are some links that may help you understand what is being stated here.

Further Info:
Rapture, Tribulation, Second Coming

Some Sources With Varying Viewpoints On Rapture And Tribulation:
When will the “Rapture” Occur

Will Christians Go Through the Tribulation? by Dr. Williams

Will Christians Go Through the Great Tribulation? by Rich Deem

Will Christians Go Through The Great Tribulation? by Gordon Lindsay

WILL CHRISTIANS GO THROUGH THE GREAT TRIBULATION? WHEN WILL JESUS RETURN? WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF HIS RETURN AND THE END? THE MARK OF THE BEAST

Rapture Theory: True or False? Part 2

Rapture Theory: True or False? Part 2
by Rev. Dr. Red

Rapture Theory: True or False? Part 1
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In part 1 (linked above) I discussed the history of Rapture Theory, provided some scripture, and a brief breakdown of the Book of Revelation. I also linked to one or two of many sources I used in my studies on the topic.

I’m not offering this information to turn anyone away from Christ but to bring people to Christ. As a Christian Pastor is that not my job? It disheartens me to see so many people believing in false doctrines and praying to idols and false Christ’s. Many mainstream interpretations of Christian theology is just that, false. And in turn you are following false doctrine and false Christ’s. Some newer versions of Christianity are going as far as taking the deity out of Christ.

That being said, here are additional verses of Scripture in reference to the “Rapture”. Part 3 will go specifically into Tribulation. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

(If you have not already done so, please review Part 1 first)

1 Samuel 2:8-10 KJV
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

2 Chronicles 7:20 KJV
Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.

Psalm 1:4-6 KJV
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 9:5 KJV
Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

Psalm 9:17 KJV
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 11:5-6 KJV
The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Psalm 37:17-20, 38 KJV
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous. The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

Psalm 52:2-5 KJV
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

Psalm 129:4 KJV
The Lord is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.

Psalm 139:18-19 KJV
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

Proverbs 3:25-26 KJV
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Proverbs 10:3, 25, 27-30 KJV
The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked. As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

Proverbs 11:31 KJV
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

Proverbs 12:3, 28 KJV
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Proverbs 13:9, 15, 20 KJV
The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 14:11 KJV
The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

Proverbs 21:12, 15, 18, 28 KJV
The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright. A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

Proverbs 24:19-20 KJV
Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Ezekiel 7:11 KJV
Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.

Malachi 4:3 KJV
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50 KJV
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

So, as you can see, it is not the Righteous that are going anywhere. I understand it is a hard concept to swallow. Truth wasn’t meant to be easy. Part 3 will go into the reason why it is the wicked, not the righteous, that are to be removed.

Truth About The Truth

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Bible, Science, and Prophecy

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What Has Happened To America?

Is this still the America founded by the Founding Fathers? Or have we become no different than that which our forefathers sought to break free from? Are we still free? Or are we blindly allowing ourselves to be enslaved?

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Your Children And The Internet

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Christianity Infiltrated

We have a problem within Christianity that must be addressed if we expect to bring people to Jesus Christ.

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Is Islam And Christianity Related?

Muslims say they are of the seed of Abraham, and therefore Gods children. This statement has been one of great controversy among many Christian theologians and pastors. Here the record will be set straight once and for all with the help of Scripture.

Muslims suggest they are the seed of Abraham and therefore are the heirs of the Covenant. Lets take a closer look at Scripture says:
As we all know, Abrahams wife gave him her handmaiden to bare him a child.
Genesis 16:11-12, 15 KJV
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

Later God says to Abraham that Sarah, his wife, will bare him children. It is these children, of Sarah, that the covenant is with.
Genesis 17:19-21 KJV
And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

Ishmael may very well be the father of the seed of Islam. Lets see how Ishmael is described to be:
Genesis 16:12 KJV
And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

This is very similar to the person of Mohammed and Muslims to this very day. They force conversions, kill those who will not convert, and feel as though they are at war with all infidels (non-believers) until everyone is a Muslim.

Muslims also hold a belief of 12 Imams. Can these 12 Imams be the 12 princes promised to the seed of Ishmael? And the nation promised Ishmael that of the “Nation of Islam”?
Genesis 17:20 KJV
And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

When Isaac was born, Abraham sent Hagar (Sarahs handmaiden) and Ishmael away. Ishmael was married to an Egyptian, not an Israelite (Child of God).
Genesis 21:14, 21 KJV
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer–sheba. And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

Clearly it shows that not only is Ishmael Half-Israelite and Half-Egyptian, but Ishmael also married an Egyptian. As Genesis chapter 24 explains, Isaac married Rebekah, the daughter of Abrahams brother. He married within the Israelite blood.

As you can see Islam (Ishmael) and Christianity (Isaac) are related. Islam and Christianity are half-brothers. But unfortunately for Islam, they are not pure as Ishmael himself was only Half-Israelite and furthered diluted the seed by marrying an Egyptian woman. Isaac kept his seed pure by marrying an Israelite. Then there’s also the slight fact that the covenant was made with Isaac and Isaac alone. Not Ishmael.
Genesis 17:21 KJV
But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

Now it’s not being suggested to be accepting of the the murders of our Christian brethren aroubd the globe. The fact of the matter is that they are our half-brothers. They share our blood. Those who do evil should be rightfully dealt with. However, the fact that they come from Father Abraham, there is the chance they may have the eyes to see and ears to hear. After all, the Bible and Christianity is outlawed in many muslim nations. Why else would this be? If they knew for certain Allah is the true God, our presence wouldn’t move them.

They know Christianity is true. They know the covenant is with Isaac and not Ishmael. This is why muslim leaders outlaw Christianity and keep their people so dumb. They know if Christianity came to their lands, muslims who have the ears and eyes would hear and see; therefore they would lose supreme power and authority over these people.

We have Christian brethren within the Muslim ranks being suffocated by the fallacy of Islam. We must free our brethren. A half-brother is still a brother.

Demise of Christianity in America?

Lately there seems to be a left vs right argument on whether Christianity is being persecuted in America. Some of the arguments from leftists are laughable at best. Reality is Christians, as a whole, are not speaking up out of fear. Not fear of God, but fear of anti-Christian organizations. We may very well be witnessing the demise of Christianity in America, lest Christians put there fear in God.

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We Have The Power

Everyone says they want a more peaceful society. Less crime and evil. We Have The Power to achieve it.

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666 Cult

This is taken from an article out of the ‘Sun’ paper. Upon request, the additional parts of the article will be posted. The article listed two prophecies found in the Bible, using mathematical algorithms. Both prophecies are to take place June 4th, 2012. Ironically, this falls in line with Rev. Dr. Red’s prediction of an “event” taking place somewhere between mid-June and August of this year.

Written by Beth Gimmel
666 Cult

One of many billboards GGI is erecting across America


The AAPAI Bible Code report warns that Independence Day will be marked by a “new power of the AntiChrist”. The program also detected several occurrences of the spanish word “AntiCristo”, as well as references to “Armageddon”, “marked by the beast” and “666 soldiers”.

Tucker believes these predictions describe an uprising by a fast-spreading cult during the last week of June 2012. And he believes this is most likely the Miami, Florida based group called Growing in Grace International.

The group has already sparked controversy by erecting billboards across America emblazoned with the number 666 – the mark of the beast.

Charismatic leader Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda has convinced his followers to tattoo the number on their wrists as a sign of faith.

He calls himself the AntiChrist because, he says, we should be “no longer following Jesus of Nazareth as he lived in the days of his flesh”.

Instead, Growing in Grace International claims to study the teachings of the Apostle Paul, with whom Miranda says he is in direct contact.

And they believe that by the beginning of July, the world will come to an end.

“Growing in Grace has a presence in 35 countries and owns a television network and 287 radio stations”, explains Tucker. “Their beliefs may seem pretty far from the mainstream, but this is no small or obscure group. They’ve been able to assemble thousands of followers from Houston to Toronto, and all across Latin America. And they’re all dedicated to ending the current world and bringing about a new one”.

Disbelief

Many people are in disbelief. Disbelief of the times, current events, and even history. Many go as far as stating not to believe whats on the internet unless it contains links to mainstream sites (who lie on what they report and don’t always report everything). Many don’t believe it because it is common thought, they follow the mindset of the masses. Others don’t believe because they simply cannot handle or do not want to handle the truth. The disbelievers will even try to dispute facts and statistics.

All believers are brushed off as being crazy. The fact is Muslims did not discover America, but they did bribe early America until Thomas Jefferson went to war with them and won. Muslims were not always a part of America, there wasn’t even a single Muslim in America as an American citizen until the late 1900’s. Homosexuality is an abomination to God, therefore it is a sin. Christian persecution is on the rise; Christians are currently the most persecuted peoples in the world. Our Freedom is under attack. We are watching the fall of America and the rise of a one world order. We are watching the fall of believers in Truth and the rise of a one world religion. We are also watching the international genocide of the entire white race; from the Americas to Europe to South Africa white people are being killed, enslaved, and tortured simply because they are white.

For proof of all the above stated one simply needs to search this site (spiritualmessiahministries.org or spiritualmessiahministries.com). To see where all this is heading one simply needs to open your Bible, King James Version preferred, and turn to the books of Isaiah, Daniel, or Revelation. Many have already claimed me to be crazy. Many more will do so as myself and this ministries popularity climbs. But I ask you this: If I am crazy, then why are so many people trying to shutdown this ministry and trying to kill me? If I am crazy then why does the opinions of this ministry, particularly myself, matter that much to these people that they try so hard to quiet us?

The only answer I can conclude is that I am preaching Truth and through this ministry spreading Truth. This ministry has no allegiance to any man, only to God. It is that fact that is why we are seen as such a grand enemy to the elite. It does not matter how large or small a truthsayers popularity is. The fact that a truthsayer is capable of thinking for themselves, rather than follow the masses instead tells the masses to do the same, the Truth becomes the most lethal weapon against the elite and their leader, Satan. They know at any given moment one free-thinking individual who believes and follows Jesus Christ can spread like an unstoppable virus. When such an event occurs, there empire begins to crumble.

We are now witnessing the reconstruction of the Tower of Babel. We are witnessing the rise of the New World Order. We are soon to witness the unveiling of the False Prophet and Anti-Christ. I don’t know about you, but I and this ministry are going to continue our work and die a righteous death so that we may live. It is possible to survive whats coming if we band together and stick together. God has told us what is coming and how to survive. Spiritual Messiah Ministries and the Spiritual Truth Coalition are going to survive the coming tyranny and continue fighting for Christ through it. If you wish to survive you simply need to follow the instructions God set before us in the Bible. Taking the mark of the beast will not give you life and freedom, but death. Only Jesus can give you life.

If you wish to not be alone in these hardships, follow Jesus. Join Spiritual Messiah Ministries or a church/ministry of the Spiritual Truth Coalition. Only Jesus Christ can assure us life everlasting, not man. As much as you wish not to believe what is going on, your disbelief does not make it not so nor will it prevent it. The best thing you can do for your survival is follow Jesus and join one of the few churches/ministries that remain true to Christ.

-Rev. Dr. Red

Hated Minister and Ministry

Myself personally and Spiritual Messiah Ministries are on a rough ride. I know many of you that are reading this right now never heard of me or Spiritual Messiah Ministries before, but in a just a years time more than 200,000+ people internationally have. I seem to be becoming the most mis-understood and hated minister of the most mis-understood and hated ministry.

I founded this ministry under the guidance of Jesus Christ. The truth is, it was the farthest thing from my mind to become a minister, let alone run a ministry. It happened under the guidance of Jesus and alot of studying and hard work. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. Im not leaving ministry or ministerialhood. This is more of a rant than anything else.

You see, we are in End Times. Many people are being lied to and falling for the deceptions. I am one of many individuals Jesus has chosen to get the Truth out to His people and bring His people out of the lies. At Spiritual Messiah Ministries we have a unique way of preaching that many do not understand for one reason or another. I find this ironic as I use the same methods in Spiritual Messiah Ministries as Jesus had in His ministry 2,000yrs ago. I do not use mainstream methods nor does Spiritual Messiah Ministries preach the heretic belief of “universalism” (any and all can be saved).

For this reason, we are attacked on all sides. But we’re not worried about that. For one Jesus was persecuted and we are no better than He. If Jesus Himself was persecuted, why should we feel anything different would happen to us. Lets see what Jesus has to say about persecution.
Matthew 5:11 KJV
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

So you see we are not worried about being persecuted. Actually I was expecting and told my team what to expect before they joined Spiritual Messiah Ministries. The fact we are being persecuted is because of two things: 1) The masses have fallen for mainstream heresy and refuse to see Truth and 2) people that are awake refuse to join Jesus’ army and either sit and do nothing or knowingly fight for the enemy.

Peoe just dont seem to like Truth. Why? Ive determined people don’t like Truth because its not the “popular” or “cool” belief. Two-thousand years ago Truth was a rebel idea. It seems as though Truth once again has become the ideology of the rebel. We are not supposed to be concerned with worldy things or matters. But lo, everyone is concerned with matters of this world and a paganized version of Christianity. In so doing, people are quick to judge myself and Spiritual Messiah Ministries. They fail to realize judgement is for Jesus and Jesus alone. They also fail to realize there is but one Truth. Truth is a narrow path.

I bring the Truth to the people via Spiritual Messiah Ministries the same way Jesus had with His ministry. I shed Light into the darkness same as the Apostles had. It would be nice if people weren’t so quick to judge us, but instead remove your blinders and cotton-swabs so that you may see and hear. Time is almost up. Wouldn’t you much prefer to be with Jesus than Satan?

Myself and Spiritual Messiah Ministries are loved by few and hated by many. I am going to say that based on the level of hate aimed at myself and the ministry, we must be doing something right.

-Rev. Dr. Red

Attack on Christianity in America

As has been predicted, there is a major assault on Christianity right here in America. We’ve already wrote about the Bible Study in CA, the Crosses in Texas and NH, the Chuch in upstate NY. Now we have a direct assault on faith through Obama’s regime via ObamaCare. They feel it is their right to tell religious entities what they can and cannot believe.

Regardless what denomination you are or your personal beliefs towards the Catholic church may be, it is important the entire Christian Church comes together on this and joins the Catholics in the fight against this new law.

Spiritual Messiah Ministries, in the fight for Truth, Justice, and Freedom, join the Catholic Church in this fight against being forced to do what it is we are against. No religious or spiritual entity should be forced to do anything by anyone that goes against their belief’s.

Below are a few links to news stories covering this topic:

Obamas Attack On Faith

The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control

Chris Mathews Calls Obamas War On Catholic Church Frightening

Texan Catholics Fight Back

New Jersey Catholics Join National Outcry Against Obamas Health Bill

Catholics, Contraceptives, and the Heretic Faithful

‘Good News’ Stifled In America

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The Alliance Defense Fund has taken an Arizona school to court for prohibiting a Christian group from distributing a flyer [PDF] at school while allowing other groups to do so.
 
The Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, a suburb of Phoenix, prohibited a Good News Club flyer inviting students to after-school meetings, resulting in the lawsuit filed on Thursday. The club had submitted an approval request form and sample flyer in October inviting kindergartners through sixth-graders to the first meeting on November 9. But the flyer, according to the district, was “against district policy” because the program being promoted was “religious in nature” — and therefore was rejected.
 
ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco says courts around the country have ruled such policies to be unconstitutional.
 
“[Courts have ruled] that when the school district opens up a forum for outside groups to promote their events and activities to students and their parents, they have to grant equal access to religious organizations so they can promote their religious events and activities on equal terms,” the attorney explains.
 
He argues that while the school has allowed a wide variety of nonprofit groups from the outside to promote their meetings and events — groups like the Boy Scouts, Cesar Chavez Foundation, and Interfaith Community Care — the district has discriminated against the Good News Club.
 
“Child Evangelism Fellowship [sponsor of Good News Clubs] has found some pushback from time to time,” notes Tedesco. “They’ve filed lawsuits in other states across the country and prevailed in those — so we expect to prevail here as well, because the bottom line is the First Amendment doesn’t allow religious viewpoint discrimination by the government.”
 
Though the club even included a disclaimer on the flyer stating the school does not endorse or sponsor the organization, the school rejected the flyer anyway.

Ending The Christian "Pacifist" Argument On Firearms

By Clayton E. Cramer & David B. Kopel

It is not uncommon, when concealed carry laws are debated before legislative bodies, for representatives of liberal organizations such as the National Council of Churches to show up and announce the “moral” opposition to concealed carry on behalf of “the religious community.” But reflexive hostility to the lawful use of force for legitimate defense is hardly the only moral position that may be held by a sincerely religious person.

The Book of Exodus specifically absolves a homeowner who kills a burglar.  The Sixth Commandment “Thou shalt not kill” refers to murder only, and does not prohibit the taking of life under any circumstances; notably, the law of Sinai specifically requires capital punishment for a large number of offenses.  A little bit earlier in the Bible, Abram, the father of the Hebrew nation, learns that his nephew Lot has been taken captive. Abram (later to be renamed “Abraham” by God) immediately called out his trained servants, set out on a rescue mission, found his nephew’s captors, attacked and routed, rescuing Lot. (Genesis 14). The resort to violence to rescue an innocent captive is presented as the morally appropriate choice.

Most gun prohibitionists who look to the Bible for support do not cite specific interdictions of weapons (there are none) but instead point to the general passages about peace and love, such as “Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5: 38-39); “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5: 43); and “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” (Romans 12: 17).

None of these exhortations take place in the context of an imminent threat to life. A slap on the cheek is a blow to pride, but not a threat to life. Reverend Anthony Winfield, author of a study of Biblical attitudes towards weapons, suggests that these verses command the faithful not to seek revenge for evil acts, and not to bear grudges against persons who have done them wrong. He points to the passage “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live in peace with everyone” (Romans 12: 18), as showing an awareness that in extreme situations, it might not be possible to live in peace.

Further evidence that the New Testament does not command universal pacifism is found in the missions of John the Baptist and Peter, both of whom preached to soldiers who converted. Neither John nor Peter demanded that the soldiers lay down their arms, or find another job. (Luke 3: 14; Acts 10: 22-48).

John did tell the soldiers “Don’t extort money, and don’t accuse people falsely,” just as he told tax collectors “Don’t collect any more than you are required to.” The plain implication is that being a soldier (or a tax collector) is not itself wrong, so long as the inherent power is not used for selfish purposes.

Of course most gun prohibitionists do not see anything wrong with soldiers carrying weapons and killing people if necessary. But if–as the New Testament strongly implies–it is possible to be a good soldier and a good Christian, then it is impossible to claim that the Gospel always forbids the use of violence, no matter what the purpose. The stories of the soldiers support Winfield’s thesis that the general Speace and love” passage are not blanket prohibitions on the use of force in all circumstances.

Is an approving attitude towards the bearing of arms confined to professional soldiers? Not at all. At the last supper, Jesus’ final instructions to the apostles begin: “When I sent you without purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” the apostles answer.

Jesus continues: “But now, if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” He ends by observing “what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

The apostles then announce, “Lord, behold, here are two swords,” and Jesus cuts them off: “That is enough.” (Luke 22: 36-38).

Even if the passage is read with absolute literalness, Jesus was not setting up a rule that every apostle must carry a sword (or a purse or a bag). For the eleven, two swords were “enough.”

More importantly, Jesus may not have been issuing an actual command that anybody carry swords, or purses, or bags. The broader, metaphorical point being made by Jesus was that the apostles would, after Jesus was gone, have to take care of their own worldly needs to some degree. The purse (generally used for money), the bag (generally used for clothing and food), and the sword (generally used for protection against the robbers who preyed on travelers, including missionaries, in the open country between towns) are all examples of tools used to take care of such needs. When the apostles took Jesus literally, and started showing him their swords, Jesus, frustrated that they missed the metaphor, ended the discussion. The metaphorical interpretation is supported by scholarly analysis, and seems to best account for the entire conversation.

Even when reduced to metaphor, however, the passage still contradicts the rigid pacifist viewpoint. In the metaphor, the sword, like the purse or the bag, is treated as an ordinary item for any person to carry. If weapons and defensive violence were illegitimate under all circumstances, Jesus would not have instructed the apostles to carry swords, even in metaphor, any more than Jesus would have created metaphors suggesting that people carry demonic statues for protection, or that they metaphorically rape, rob, and murder.

A few hours after the final instructions to the apostles, when soldiers arrived to arrest Jesus, and Peter sliced off the ear of one of their leaders, Jesus healed the ear. He then said “No more of this” (Luke 22: 49-51) or “Put your sword away” (John 18: 10) or “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26: 52). (The quotation is sometimes rendered as “He who lives by the sword will die by the sword.”) [129]

Jesus then rebuked the soldiers for effecting the arrests with clubs and swords, for Jesus was “not leading a rebellion.” The most immediate meaning of these passages is that Jesus was preventing interference with God’s plan for the arrest and trial. Additionally, Jesus was instructing the apostles not to begin an armed revolt against the local dictatorship or the Roman imperialists. Jesus had already refused the Zealots’ urging to lead a war of national liberation.

Do the passages also suggest a general prohibition against drawing swords (or other weapons) for defense? The versions of the story recounted in Luke and John do not, but the version in Matthew could be so read.

If Matthew is analyzed along the lines of “He who lives by the sword will die by the sword,” the passage is an admonition that a person who centers his life on violence (such as a gang member) will likely perish. On the other hand, a translation of “all who draw the sword will die by the sword” could be read as a general rule against armed violence in any situation.

The best way to understand the Bible, most theologians would concur, is not to look at passages in isolation, but instead to carefully study passages in the context of the rest of the Bible. If the single line in Matthew were to be read to indicate that to draw the sword is always wrong, then it would be difficult to account for the other passages which suggest that drawing a sword as a soldier (or carrying a sword as an apostle) is not illegitimate. Looking at the passage of Matthew in the context of the rest of the Bible would, therefore, look to the passage as a warning against violence as a way of life, rather than as a flat-out ban on defensive violence in all situations.

A 1994 document produced by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace states:

In a world marked by evil and sin, the right of legitimate defense by armed means exists. This right can become a serious duty for those who are responsible for the lives of others, for the common good of the family or of the civil community.

The Catholic Church recognizes people as saints because (among other reasons), the lives of saints are considered to worthy of study and emulation. February 27 is the feast day of Saint Gabriel Possenti. According to The One Year Book of Saints, as a young man in 19th-century Italy, Francesco Possenti was known as the best dresser in town, as a “superb horseman,” and as “an excellent marksman.” The young man was also a consummate partygoer, who was engaged to two women at the same time. Twice during school he had fallen desperately ill, promised to give his life to God if he recovered, and then forgotten his promise. One day at church, Possenti saw a banner of Mary. He felt that her eyes looked directly at him, and he heard the words “Keep your promise.”

Possenti immediately joined an order of monks, taking the name Brother Gabriel. The main incident for which Saint Gabriel Possenti is remembered was this:

One a summer day a little over a hundred years ago, a slim figure in a black cassock [Possenti] stood facing a gang of mercenaries in a small town in Piedmont, Italy. He had just disarmed one of the soldiers who was attacking a young girl, had faced the rest of the band fearlessly, then drove them all out of the village at the point of a gun….

[W]hen Garibaldi’s mercenaries swept down through Italy ravaging villages, Brother Gabriel showed the kind of man he was by confronting them, astonishing them with his marksmanship, and saving the small village where his monastery was located.

Saint Gabriel Possenti’s “astonishing marksmanship” was displayed after he had just disarmed the soldier. The mercenaries’ leader told Possenti that it would take more than just one monk with a handgun to make the mercenaries leave town. The saint pointed out to the mercenaries a lizard which was running across the road. Possenti shot the lizard right through the head, at which point the mercenaries decided that discretion was the better part of valor; they obeyed Possenti’s orders to extinguish the fires they had started and to return the property they had stolen. They then fled the village, never to be heard from again.

Jewish law comes to the same conclusion as the Vatican Pontifical Council: “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first,” commands the Talmud.  Bystanders are likewise required to kill persons who attempting rape.  While there is a duty to self-defense, the duty to defend others is seen as prior.

The view that forcible resistance to evil attack is itself evil has serious implications: Patrick Henry and the other founding fathers were wrong to urge armed resistance to the British Redcoats; the Jews who led the Warsaw Ghetto revolt against Hitler were immoral; Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims would have been wrong to use a weapon to protect themselves; Saint Gabriel Possenti was a paragon of evil; Abraham should not have rescued his kidnapped nephew; and police officers who fire their guns to protect innocent people are sinful.

Consider the situation of a mother in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood, moments after an escaped psychopathic murderer has broken into her house. The woman has good reason to fear that the intruder is about to slaughter her three children. If she does not shoot him with her .38 special, the children will be dead before the police will arrive. Is the woman’s moral obligation to murmur “violence engenders violence,” and keep her handgun in the drawer while her children die? Or is the mother’s moral duty to save her children, and shoot the intruder?

The view that life is a gift from God, and that permitting the wanton destruction of one’s own life (or the life of a person under one’s care) amounts to hubris is hardly new. As a 1747 sermon in Philadelphia put it:

He that suffers his life to be taken from him by one that hath no authority for that purpose, when he might preserve it by defense, incurs the Guilt of self murder since God hath enjoined him to seek the continuance of his life, and Nature itself teaches every creature to defend itself. 
 

Whatever their disagreements on other matters, the natural rights philosophers who provided the intellectual foundation of the American Revolution saw self-defense as “the primary law of nature,” from which many other legal principles could be deduced.

As the great Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote: “We shall have lost something vital and beyond price on the day when the state denies us the right to resort to force…”

Leading criminal law scholars have emphasized a different, less philosophical, point: that victims protect the entire community when they kill a dangerous criminal rather than leaving him free to prey on others. To theorists such as Bishop, Stephens and Pollock “Sudden and strong resistance to unrighteous attack is not merely a thing to be tolerated …as a necessary evil [but is] a just and perfect” right. A good citizen attacked has “a moral duty” to use all force necessary to apprehend or otherwise incapacitate criminals rather than to submit or retreat.

Underlying the assertion that use of force to defend innocent life is immoral is the presumption that persons who use such force are “selfish.” To the extent that social science can shed any light on this presumption, the presumption turns out to be exactly backwards. A study of “Good Samaritans” who came to aid of victims of violent crime found that 81% “own guns and some carry them in their cars. They are familiar with violence, feel competent to handle it, and don’t believe they will be hurt if they get involved.”  Are these people inferior moral beings who “engender violence”?

In any case, the claim that as a moral or practical matter a crime victim should rely on the government for protection can be raised only if the government has an obligation to protect the victim. And quite clearly under American law, the government has no such obligation.

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