It never has been acted on except under the influences of this gospel that Paul committed to our trust. On this principle God shows kindness; on this principle the Saviour came, and bled, and died; and on this principle all Christians should act in treating their enemies, and in bringing a world to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. If Christians will show benevolence, if they will send forth proofs of love to the ends of the earth, the evils of the world will be overcome by the gospel. Nor can the nations be converted until Christians act on this great and most important principle of their religion, on the largest scale possible, to "overcome evil with good." War itself would fade from the Christian thought process if we but acted on what we profess - God's grace.
Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life - Having alluded to the soldier, and stated the Christian minister is to resemble him, another point of resemblance is suggested to the mind of the apostle. Neither the minister nor the soldier is to be encumbered with the affairs of this life, and the one should not be more than the other. This is always a condition in becoming a soldier. He gives up his own business during the time for which he is enlisted, and devotes himself to the service of his country. The farmer leaves his plow, and the mechanic his shop, and the merchant his store, and the student his books, and the lawyer his brief; and neither of them expect to pursue these things while engaged in the service of their country. "It would be wholly impracticable to carry on the plans of a campaign, if each one of these classes should undertake to prosecute his private business. We see this fully illustrated from the Rules of War among the Romans, by Grotius, Roman soldiers were not allowed to marry, or to engage in any husbandry or trade; and they were forbidden to act as tutors to any person, or curators to any man's estate, or proctors in the cause of other men. The general principle was, that they were excluded from those relations, agencies, and engagements, which it was thought would divert their minds from that which was to be the sole object of pursuit.28" It is equally improper for them to "entangle" themselves with the business of a human government or army. The minister of the gospel accomplishes the design of his appointment only when he can say in sincerity, that he "is not entangled with the affairs of this life;" compare 1Co.9: 25-27.
That he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier - That is, him who has enlisted him, or in whose employ he is, this then becomes the government and army of his allegiance. His great object is to approve himself to the one who enlisted him. It is not to pursue his own plans, or to have his own will, or to accumulate possessions or fame for himself. It is not for him to employ himself in the service of a worldly ruler operating on principles that are contrary to Grace. His will is absorbed in the will of his commander, and his purpose is accomplished if he meets with his acceptance. Nowhere else is it so true that the will of one becomes lost in that of another, as in the case of the soldier. In an army it is contemplated that there shall be but one mind, one heart, one purpose - that of the commander; and that the whole army shall be as obedient to that as the members of the human body are to the one will that controls all. The application of this is obvious. The grand purpose of the minister of the gospel is to please Christ. He is to pursue no separate plans, and to have no separate will, of his own; and it is contemplated that the whole "Corps" of Christian ministers and members of the churches shall be as entirely subordinate to the will of Christ, as an army is to the orders of its chief, "that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier;" his captain, or general, who has enlisted him, enrolled and registered him among his soldiers; whom to please should be his chief concern; as it should be the principal thing attended to by a Christian soldier, or minister of the Gospel, not to please men, nor to please himself, by seeking his own ease and rest, his worldly gratification and advantages, but to please the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot please Christ when we act contrary to His purposes and plans. We are His; bought with a terrible price, and we are to submit our will to His.
1Ti 1:18-19 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1 The Writings of Tertullian, Christian Light Publications pg.13
2 Church History and Rome's Decline, by Johan Wanderlundker, pg 71
3 Ibid, pg.75
4 We could make a very good case that Constantine destroyed Christianity by wedding it with pagan believes thus giving rise to the Roman Catholic Church.
5 Augustine is the founder of modern Roman Catholicism, and Predestinationism that was later embraced by John Calvin. It is his teachings that all the reformers were trying to get back to.
6 War we say NO - Http://www.ppu.org.uk/learn/infodocs/st_say_no.html
7 We need only look at President G.W. Bush's Iraqi War to see this mindset within the Christian community.
8 These conflicts gave rise to the dreaded Inquisition.
9 Unfortunately, we replace one tyranny with another. The case in point is the cessation of human rights by implementing a policy of state sanctioned torture and prisoner abuse.
10 The name Moravian identifies the fact that this historic church had its origin in ancient Bohemia and Moravia in what is the present-day Czech Republic. In the centuries that followed, Bohemia and Moravia gradually fell under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Rome, but some of the Czech people protested. The foremost of Czech reformers, John Hus (1369-1415) was a professor of philosophy and rector of the University in Prague. The Bethlehem Chapel in Prague, where Hus preached, became a rallying place for the Czech reformation. Gaining support from students and the common people, he led a protest movement against many practices of the Roman Catholic clergy and hierarchy. Hus was accused of heresy, underwent a long trial at the Council of Constance, and was burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. It is interesting to note Hus was a strict pacifist.
11 The Nonresistant Christians Response to the French and Indian War - Christian Light Publications; author unknown, pg.6
12 John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
14 Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible
16 Poland, East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Yugoslavia, Mongolia, and the Soviet Union
17 Philip Yancy, What's So Amazing About Grace? Zondervan 1997 pg.135
18 Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible
19 Adam Clark's Commentary on the Bible
20 Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible
21 John Darby's Synopsis
22 Robertson's Word Pictures
23 Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible
24 The repentance I mean here is the repentance found in 2 Cor.7:9-12.
25 The Governor who once stated, "Segregation now, and segregation forever," during the early days of the U.S.A. Civil rights movement.
26 From CNN news archives, The Death of Racism.
27 This gospel was a secret kept hid in God until He gave it to the Apostle Paul (Ro.16:25-26; Eph.3:1-10).
28 Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown Commentary
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