Pacifism

Lesson 8: Proclaim God’s Word and Praying

Lesson 8: Proclaim God’s Word and Praying

The Book of Revelation based the Christian peace movement on the truth of God’s Word. Believers could uncover truth by using God’s Word as a standard, but also by remaining in contact with God through prayer. In previous lessons, I maintained the Church is having trouble finding her voice in our present society. Her traditional […]

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Lesson 7: Unveil Truth

Lesson 7: Unveil Truth

Strange as it might seem, I regard the Apostle John’s program in Revelation as the most coherent statement of the Christian peace movement. Although it uses mysterious apocalyptic language; it clearly lays out only four weapons available to believers: 1) Unveil the truth, 2) Proclaim the Word of God, 3) Pray, and 4) Lay down […]

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Lesson 6: Does Nonviolence Work?

Lesson 6: Does Nonviolence Work?

We ended the last lesson suggesting we need a new story if we are to stop the cycle of war begetting war and violence begetting violence. You hear that same call implied when Roman Catholic statements observe, “Whatever good we hope to achieve in modern warfare is always outweighed by the destruction to human life […]

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Lesson 4: What Do Christians Expect From Our Churches?

Lesson 4: What Do Christians Expect From Our Churches?

Perhaps it is time we recognize the Church is a peace movement. God comes to Father Abraham disgusted at the violence that has damaged his creation. Lamech epitomizes the brutality when he brags to his two wives that he has killed a man for wounding him and a young man for slapping him. After his […]

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Lesson 3: What Do Christians Expect From Their Governments?

Lesson 3: What Do Christians Expect From Their Governments?

Martin Luther defined the relationship between church and state with a two kingdom doctrine. The standard of the Church is love as she inspires people by proclaiming the Gospel. The norm of the government is justice as it defends people from evil. Although many scholars believe this led to a separation of powers that enabled […]

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Lesson 1: Is Peace Possible?

Lesson 1: Is Peace Possible?

When I was growing up, my assumption was that history involved periods of warfare followed by periods of peace. I believed that one of the goals of Christianity was to lengthen the peaceful times. Although I was not certain any of the conflicts after the Second World War were warranted, I swallowed hard and chalked […]

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Introduction: Peace

Introduction: Peace

One of our young men training to be an Army Ranger remarked it’s a real dilemma trying to reconcile Jesus telling him to love his enemies and the Army teaching him to kill them.

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