In the library on 'Christian Pacifism? I can support that, IF, that is what God called you to do. What I cannot support is the departure from what He calls others to do. Per your link,
Perhaps you should be posting in the Baptist forum -
Great! Now back to my earlier referencing a gift in some of our brothers, ,", , we cannot conscientiously participate in war and armed resistance which involves the actual destruction of human life"
But, the Christian servant above helps us to "not be overcome by evil". Some of us are equipped to "avenge", some of us are committed to "resist not". Are you saying the Church is to abandon "God's servant"?
Interesting that historically the Assembly of God shifted its positions based on events rather than the word of God.From the book:
Assemblies of God
Resolution Concerning the Attitude of the General Council of the Assemblies of God Toward any Military Service which Involves the Actual Participation in the Destruction of Human Life.
While recognizing human Government as of divine ordination and affirming our unswerving loyalty to the Government of the United States, nevertheless we are constrained to define our position with reference to the taking of human life.
WHEREAS, in the Constitutional Resolution adopted at the Hot Springs General Council, April 1-10, 1914, we plainly declare the Holy Inspired Scriptures to be the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and
WHEREAS the Scriptures deal plainly with the obligations and relations of humanity, setting forth the principles of “Peace on earth, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14); and
WHEREAS we, as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, believe in implicit obedience to the Divine commands and precepts which instruct us to “Follow peace with all men,” (Heb. 12:14); “Thou shalt not kill,” (Exodus 20:13); “Resist not evil,” (Matt. 5:39); Love your enemies,” (Matt. 5:44): etc. and
WHEREAS these and other Scriptures have always been accepted and interpreted by our churches as prohibiting Christians from shedding blood or taking human life;
THEREFORE we, as a body of Christians, while purposing to fulfill all the obligations of loyal citizenship, are nevertheless constrained to declare we cannot conscientiously participate in war and armed resistance which involves the actual destruction of human life, since this is contrary to our view of the clear teachings of the inspired Word of God, which is the sole basis of our faith.
Weekly Evangel, August 4, 1917, p. 6.
"Interesting that historically the Assembly of God shifted its positions based on events rather than the word of God."--the Bottom LineInteresting that historically the Assembly of God shifted its positions based on events rather than the word of God.
From Wiki " The official pacifist position remained unchanged until 1967 when the denomination affirmed "the right of each member to choose whether to declare their position as a combatant, a noncombatant, or a conscientious objector". This was the culmination of a process begun during World War I, when it was unpopular to hold antiwar views, in which AG adherents questioned their denomination's pacifist stance.
I think they have it right now leaving it to be an individual decision though as a whole most churches support the military and veterans wholeheartedly which to me is also a good thing.