By Theodore Shoebat
A violent and reckless horde of Muslims are marching toward your neighborhood. When they arrive they will massacre your people, and ruthlessly torture you, very slowly. They will make you watch your wife being raped, and then force her to watch you die, and there is a chance that they will make her drink your blood after your terrifying death. What are you going to do?
This is the question that multitudes of Christians are faced with everyday. Here is a video of an account of an attack that took place just days ago, in which Muslims killed Christians in a school, watch and see the suffering of these saints:
This is why Christian militias have been rising in those parts of the world where the lives of the saints are sought out by the ruthless and sneaky foxes we call Muslims, who connivingly seek out the defenseless.
There is a beautiful story, in which a force of Syrian Christian fighters in the Jdeideh area of Aleppo drove out the Muslims who were there to attack their churches. One Christian said of the victory:
The FSA were hiding in Farhat Square in Jdeideh. The Church committees stormed in and cleansed the area.
How reminiscent is this story, of Christ, armed with a whip, cleansing the Temple of the thieves! and now the saints, armed with their weapons, purge their land of these robbers of men’s souls!
Sadly there are Christians in America, conditioned by comfort, who denounce such glorious feats. These are those who follow the gospel of uselessness, and would probably stand up courageously against anyone who would criticize some celebrity idol pastor like Tim LaHaye, while condemning these poor Christians for fighting back.
Enough of this empty, lifeless, and scandalized Christianity, this heresy that is determined by fashion and convenience! Let us see what truly Christianity is about, and how Holy War is greatly a part of this holy Faith.
John the Baptist told the soldiers who approached him, “Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” (Luke 3:14) Tell me, if he was opposing military service, why then would he tell them to “be content with your wages”? This can only mean that it was permissible for them to remain as soldiers.
And by “violence,” John is referring to injustices, and thus in a Christian war, the cause must be just, and never for the sake of killing or tyranny. It must be a war in which the saints are fighting against evil men, bent on persecuting and slaughtering the Church in the advancement of an evil ideology.
As St. Maximus of Turin, commenting on these words of John the Baptist, writes:
For it is not a sin to be in military service, but it is a sin to soldier for the sake of plunder (1)
When a young man informed St. Paul that Jewish bandits were determined to kill him, did he say, “I will stay put and let them kill me, since we do not fight against flesh and blood”? No, he had the story reported to the chief captain, who in turn had organized 470 Roman warriors to protect Paul:
And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; 24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. (Acts 23:23-25)
If any one of the Jewish bandits arrived to try to kill Paul, the soldiers protecting him would have not hesitated in slaying the attacker. And Paul would not have had a problem with this.
If St. Paul can use an army to protect himself against persecutors, the Church, then, is justified in using armies to protect itself against any pagan or heretical group which seeks the blood of the saints.
And how can one avoid the militancy of Christianity after reading St. Paul, when he praised the past and illustrious battles of God’s people:
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (Hebrews 11:32-34)
To subdue the kingdoms of the wicked heathens, wax “valiant in fight,” and turn “to flight the armies of the aliens”, or the persecuting invaders, is not a sin, but a ripe and righteous fruit.
One may argue that Jesus said that we must love and pray for our enemies, to this I pose the argument of St. Cyril, when he was discoursing on such matters against the Muslims:
Christ our God commands us to pray to God for all those who persecute us, and to do good to them, but He has also said to us: “Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends” [John 15:13]. And we therefore submit to the insults that our enemies cast at us individually, and pray to God for them, but as a group we defend one another and lay down our lives for one another, so that you [the Muslims] wouldn’t, by enslaving our brothers, take away their souls along with their bodies and kill them off completely.
You may say, that the Christians who were being persecuted by the pagan Romans never used any militant force, but this is not entirely accurate. When the Christians had no influence upon the government, they did not form any militias, but as soon as they converted the emperor Constantine, this was the starting point when Christians began directing wars. The first Christian war was as early as 312 AD, when Constantine, upholding the sign of the Holy Cross, defeated the pagan tyrant Maxentius.
That Christians, as early as the 4th century, were executing wars against pagans, shows in fact how militaristic the spirit of Christianity truly is.
The same can be said of ancient Israel. When the Hebrews were being persecuted under the Pharaoh, they did not declare any wars. But as soon as they had Moses as their leader, and they completely severed themselves from the Egyptian government, the people of God organized numerous wars against the pagans.
People may argue and say, “But the Bible says ‘Thou shalt not kill,'” and I will argue back and say that Moses slaughtered the worshippers of the golden calf after bringing down the Law which said, “Thou shalt not murder.”
And how can one say that Christianity is not militant, when we read in the Song of Judith, which is in the Septuagint, that “The Lord is a warrior who ends war.” (Judith 16:3) And this was sung after the valiant Judith took the head of the Assyrian general Holofernes.
Read the words of St. Bernard, when he praised and exhorted the valiant Crusaders who were fearlessly warring with the Muslims, and sense the militant spirit of his words:
The knight of Christ, I say, may strike with confidence and succumb more confidently. When he strikes, he does service to Christ, and to himself when he succumbs. Nor does he bear the sword in vain. He is God’s minister in the punishment of evil doers and the praise of well doers. Surely, if he kills an evil doer, he is not a man-killer, but, if I may put it, an evil-killer. Clearly he is reckoned the avenger of Christ against evildoers, and the defender of Christians. (2)
Christ drove out the thieves from His Father’s Temple with a whip, it is then not evil for Christians to drive out those who wish to steal innocent lives from this earth.
I dream of the day, when every true Christian will cry out, “Dues vult! Dues vult!” (God will it!) determined to pierce the clouds of diabolical darkness with the Light of Christ, in an eternal fray between Holy War and sacrilegious tyranny; between the Bride of Christ and the Whore of Babylon; between the citizens of Heaven and the slaves of the underworld.
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(1) St. Maximus of Turin, sermon 26.1, trans. Boniface Ramsey
(2) St. Bernard, In Praise of the New Knighthood, ch. 3, 4, trans. M. Conrad Greenia