Should Christians kill?
April 29, 2004
To my delight, many American military personnel visit hallindseyoracle.com daily. Here
is one of the e-mails that make me so thankful for the kind of military men who
are sacrificing for freedom:
Thank you for writing about Pat Tillman.
[who turned down fame and money....and for it....some
accused him of being a fool] I
thank God for his service. There are many Marines, soldiers, sailors and
airmen like Pat Tillman currently serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and numerous
places around the world.
I am a Marine assigned to duties with the 3rd
Marine Aircraft Wing, currently deployed to Iraq. We are part of the I
Marine Expeditionary Force. You probably see a lot of news about a town
called Fallujah. The enemy is there. We are there. It is a tense standoff.
I'm praying for God's purposes to be done in Fallujah and throughout all of
On June 30, Iraq begins anew. There are many
hopes and fears. There is goodness in the people of Iraq, but lamentably
that goodness has an evil shadow over it. I believe God will do and is doing
a great work here.
Please pray for all the military men and women
here and in Afghanistan. And also pray for all of the families back home.
I am reading Mr. Lindsey's "Amazing Grace" that
I recently downloaded as an e-book. It is helping me a great deal in my own
walk with God.
Thank you, and may God richly bless you.
Dave Wargo, Lt. Colonel, USMC
One of the
questions that bothers a great many of the Christians serving in our military is
whether they should kill anyone.
there has been so much poor teaching in the churches, many Christians
have fuzzy thinking about just what they should do in regard to taking a human
life. The Lord says He isn't in 'man-made' temples.
Ye need not that any man teach you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my
name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail.
Commandment in "God's Big 10" is translated into English as, "Thou shalt not
kill." If anyone goes on to read the context, he will find that when a duly
constituted court finds a person guilty of deliberately taking another human's
life, the people are commanded to put him to death.
So, right away,
we find the commandment doesn't mean no killing under any circumstances. The
Hebrew verb translated "kill" is in an intensive verb stem that means, "to
Jesus' Sermon on
the Mount is frequently quoted as the basis of doing away with even the death
penalty. But just listen to what Jesus said:
You have heard that the ancients were told, "You shall not
commit murder" and "Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court." But I
say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty
the court; [This translation is corrupt. It
would get Jesus condemned for blasting the Pharisees] and whoever shall say to his brother, "Raca," shall be guilty before
the Supreme Court; and whoever shall say, "You fool," shall be guilty enough to
go into the fiery hell.
– Matthew 5:21-22, NAS
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and
whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his
brother without a cause shall be in danger
of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in
danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not 'the sun go down' upon your wrath.
As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
speaking of the government He will set up in the Millennial Kingdom that He will
rule on Earth.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his
temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him,
and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the
Spirit which he hath given us.
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not
God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath
both the Father and the Son.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Jhn 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the
sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so
is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my
people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves,
and bring you into the land of Israel.
Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice,
yielded up the ghost.
Mat 27:52 And the graves were opened;
and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
And came out of the graves after his resurrection,
and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
They went into the Holy City:
Jerusalem which is above is free, which
is the mother of us all.
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the
Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write
And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother,
saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
All who are in the Body of Christ.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not
The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after
their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers
[false christs--'mediators'], having itching ears.
It's this simple:
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word
of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also
after that ye believed, ye were sealed
with that holy Spirit of promise.
1Cr 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed,
1Cr 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.
1Cr 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual
body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Cr 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
He says that the
true meaning of the Law of Moses will then be upheld, which is that the motives
of the heart will be judged the same as the actions they would cause.
justifies killing in the case of self-defense. If someone seeks to murder you or
your family, you have the right to defend yourself with lethal force.
Why not just ask the Lord daily...for His Protection?
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son.
Mat 16:24 Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after
me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it
[the same goes for nations]: and whosoever will lose his life for my
sake shall find it.
Mat 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an
eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Mat 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.
Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you, and persecute you.
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not
Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but
rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
To go after another to try and save your own life
goes against the teachings of the New Testament. [The same goes for
But, here are the Scriptures that DO justify a war against
Saddam and his regime:
Mat 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with
Give to every man that asketh of thee
Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all
the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he
shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but
the goats on the left.
For 35 years many Iraqi people fled from Saddam and his
regime with horrid nightmarish stories. [the mass graves where many
bodies were dumped is proof. So are the torture and rape
chambers] They had asked the world for help because they were too poor and
weak to put a stop to the massive torture and murder.
It was the WHOLE world's responsibility to step in --
a lot sooner then America and her allies did [whatever their reasons
were for doing so].
Mat 25:41 Then shall he say unto them on the left hand, Depart
from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his
Mat 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was
thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye
clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when
saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in
prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say
unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it
not to me.
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that
which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory
for ever and ever. Amen.
That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in
him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Had the Bush administration presented this argument to the
'world body', the self professing 'Rights' groups and the so called 'Christian'
leaders who ran with their mouths about some "justified war" -- which one of
them could have argued without being revealed as a major hypocrite? Shame on
them for not jumping up to the same UPROAR when the Iraqis were fleeing
to tell of the nightmare that was happening there [which was NO secret]
They surely didn't scream when 2000 Serbs were killed while Clinton and Clark
bombed them...who were fighting back at Albanian Muslims...who rose up to
provoke in the name of Islam [the Chechens are doing the same]
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after
righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
extends to the maintaining of order and protection for citizens by the governing
authorities. The Bible says:
Let every person be in subjection to the
governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those
that exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has
opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive
condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good
behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is
good, and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to
you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it DOES NOT BEAR
THE SWORD for nothing, for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings
wrath upon the one who practices evil.
– Romans 13:1-4, NAS
If your father, or school
principal tells you to do something that is wicked...should you do it?
Let every soul
[that ONLY God can kill] be subject unto
the higher powers. For there is no power
but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
To the intent that now unto the principalities
and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the
manifold wisdom of God,
Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth
the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves
Rom 13:3 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:
Rom 13:4 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
To which of
said he at any time, Sit on my
right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Are they not
all ministering spirits, sent
forth to minister for
them who shall be heirs of salvation?
The angels are the ministers.
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and
hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
For by him were all things created, that are in
heaven, and that are in earth, visible
Satan and his angels
are kicked out of heaven:
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell
in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea!
for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth
that he hath but a short time.
If your father, or school
principal tells you to do something that is wicked...should you do it?
No...not according to the
the Word of God, to learn from God, what orders that come from rulers are
acceptable to God...and which ones are not.
For the weapons
[Scriptures] of our warfare are
not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority.
[with the Scriptures] Let no man
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth
[blessed are they who make peace with God
before they die]: I came not to send peace, but
That Sword...the Word of God...has the power to
kill a spirit:
Then shall the Assyrian
[who comes up from the pit] fall
with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword,
not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the
sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.
Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all
that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the
Lord from his holy temple.
which temple ye are}
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and
a two-edged sword
[Word of God] in their
hand; To execute upon them the judgment
this honor have all his saints.
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
The world cannot hate you [but the Word...it hates
the Word]; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that
the works thereof are evil. and He does
so...through the mouths of those who have His Word abiding in them.
They understand that He commanded the Light [His Word] to shine out from the
darkness. They don't let the light that is within them be hidden...in
a closet, or under a bed. What good is that?
show that God authorizes the use of "lethal force" symbolized by
"the sword" against those who would harm others and take their property.
This principle also authorizes governing authorities to use lethal force to
protect citizens from attacks by foreign forces.
Many of the
original believers were soldiers in the Roman army. Some Roman soldiers who came
to John the Baptist and believed sought counsel from him on how they should
were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said
to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and
be content with your wages."
– Luke 3:14
Baptist said nothing about killing in the line of duty or resigning as soldiers.
He only warned them against the common practice of robbing people they took into
who were the approximate equivalent of a colonel in modern armies, were among
the first Gentiles to believe in Jesus Christ. It was in the house of a Roman
Centurion that the first Gentiles were officially brought into the Church (Acts
10). Nothing was ever said about them getting out of the army. Nothing was ever
said against them killing in the line of duty.
saved Paul's life on his ship voyage to Rome. Paul never told him not to be a
soldier. Nothing was said about one of his duties that involved killing in
I believe the
Bible teaches that a Christian who is a soldier should seek to be the best. He
should serve with faith, honor, loyalty and compassion. As long as an enemy is
seeking to attack him and has the means of causing harm, he has the right and
duty to subdue, capture or kill him. If an enemy is captured and no longer has
the means of inflicting harm, then he should not be mistreated, tortured or
King David in
the Old Testament was one of the greatest warriors who ever strapped on a sword.
Though he killed many men in battle, he had a tender heart toward God. He is one
of only two in the Bible who God called, "A man after His own heart."
So, soldiers: Be
courageous in battle and compassionate in victory. And know that you can trust
God to teach your hands to fight in defense of your country, just as He did
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains
hands for war, and my fingers for battle ..."
– Psalm 144:1
To whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? That
Arm has a hand -- doesn't it? and the hand has five fingers.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is
it therefore not of the body?
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that
one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son,
but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to
whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
That Sword is the Word of God:
The word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword,
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
[The Lord's] ways higher than your
ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
Taking life is a serious act! Defending another
who is weaker against wicked powers [especially with your life] is charity.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my
body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth
Charity does not slay
others -- JUST because they don't believe the
Charity does not call others 'infidels'!
Charity does not discriminate!
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity.
The reasons and the actions of every individual soldier
will be judged by the Word of God. Some are there to infiltrate the 'great
Satan's' military. Some are there for anger or
hatred [Racism]. For some...it's an 'adventure'.
Some risk their lives because they are truly serving a
belief that they are helping a broken people who were suffering greatly under
the power of a well known tyrant.
God searches the hearts of all.