Romans “13” In Context One of the great pacifist passages.

Excellent and very helpful article, Evangelicals, Militarism, and Romans 13   (Dr. Preston Sprinkle) best summed up by that display of these two verses:
” Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Rom 12:19)

For he [the  governing authority] is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out the wrath of God on the wrongdoer. (Rom 13:4)”

And it helps to read it in the context presented in the first article.

Christians are called to be the light of the world, not the sword of the LORD.
And most Christians miss that point because, unlike above, they have no idea that Romans “13″ is related to Romans “12″ The spirit of the times in which Paul wrote a letter, not chapters, can be an eye opener.

Jesus and “Two Swords”

Biblical Pacifism video

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Robert Roberg covers flow of OT.  Many of same texts touched on here

As QUOTES  from early Christians show, bloodshed was unacceptable. They had a keen sense of  Be ye holy; for I am holy (1 Peter). [Here using KJV to show plural pronoun, ye, i.e. this is not individualistic, it addresses the church, the body of believers.]

David: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth.’ (1 Chronicles 22).

“Do you [ye, i.e. plural, the congregation of believers] not know that you [pl.] are the temple [naos] of God…? (1 Cor. 3:16).

“…you are God’s building” (1 Cor. 3:9).

“…you also, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5).

Another good resource: Plowcreek Mennonite Church Resource page and outline of Scripture.

Jesus said:  Quotes here


Scriptural Focus of this book:

Ch. 1 My turning point:  Romans 8

Ch. 2 Love: Jesus’ Imperative

Ch. 3 Choices Made in OT Battles; Exodus: Miracles to Sword; David, holiness, Temple, shedding blood; Elijah and Elisha: sparing enemies.

Ch. 4  Example: The Way of the Disciple

Ch. 5 Mission: Unto the Least; The fruit of the Spirit.

The Centurion and Jesus


Baker’s Dictionary of Evangelical Theology s.v. war, holy war

Excellent overview of this topic in all of the OT.  Confirms points made in Chapter three, above. Article is on line HERE

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