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A Statement of Conscientious Objection to Carnal Warfare

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A Statement of Conscientious Objection to Carnal Warfare

We are on record in Washington as the "Peace Church of Christ." We hold a position on carnal warfare that some of the greatest minds in the restoration movement held, Alexander Campbell, Barton Stone, David Lipscomb, Tolbert Fanning among them. Other latter day preachers ad-vocated the same (as H. Leo Boles). None of this matters except to encourage our young people, and to inform those of you reading this who disdain our Biblical views that we are not radical, fanatical, members of the church of Christ, holding baseless and heretofore unheard of convictions.

We are not radical, we are not insurrectionists, we do not oppose our government. Nor are we militant demonstrators of these Christian convictions. We simply and humbly request that we may exercise our rights as citizens of these great United States to live as quiet subjects of our government, praying for our state and national leaders, serving our nation as good and excellent citizens in ways that do not violate the God we serve. We will continue submitting to the laws of our land, paying our taxes, our tribute, as required, and humbly loving our Adamic brothers.

As Christians, we intend to influence our communities and our nation only for good, but we will do this through godly living, not by militant protest, radical involvement, or bearing arms against our fellows. We have no interest in telling our government how to run its affairs, hold its elections, or wage its wars. In these times of aggression, unrest and war, we respectfully request that we be allowed to follow the Prince of Peace in our convictions related to these matters. Reasonable men cannot conceive of the pure and guileless Son of God hurling a grenade, pressing a machine gun trigger, or having part in the high tech warfare of missiles, bombs, fire and suffocation.

The world will take care of the necessary things of the world. God ordained this (Romans 13:1-7). "Let the dead bury their dead" Jesus said–those who are dead to his teaching have numbers sufficient to take care of their worldly things. They will run their own business. The Christian’s busi-ness is to serve Almighty God in both spirit and truth. Let us shine as the morning sun in goodness and charity–let us be true men, genuine, dedicated, devout. As our Master was repulsed by violence and bloodshed, may we also be. May we in abject humility and total commitment, emulate our Saviour at every turn, under every circumstance.

The objectors listed may have additional convictions in opposition to carnal warfare but we have not room to print them all. The following are representative.

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As a Christian, I cannot conscientiously take part in any form of military service. My

convictions, based upon various scriptures in God’s Word, require me to be a submissive citizen of our country, but only in those things not in violation to God’s Holy Will (Acts 5:29). Listed herein are some of my reasons for objecting to military service, both combatant and non-combatant.

1. God is supreme authority. I must submit to Him above all others, including State (Acts 4:19, 5:29, Matt 22:37; see also Matt. 22:21).

2. The Christian is forbidden to war after the flesh (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

3. Christianity allows no hatred, or physical retaliation (Gal. 5:14, Rom. 12:17- 21, 13:9). Rather we are commanded to love (Rom. 13:8-10). I cannot seek vengeance myself (Rom 12:19).

4. I cannot conscientiously be part of, be yoked to, nor have fellowship with an organization that functions through violent physical force and bloodshed (2 Cor. 6:14-16, Eph. 5:11).

5. As a Christian, I am commanded to assemble every first day of the week with fellow Christians for scriptural worship. In the military, I would be denied this right (Heb. 10:25, 1 Cor. 11:18-26, Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:1-2).

I support the foregoing principles, wishing to be recognized as a pacifist, objecting o carnal warfare. I cannot engage therein for any reason or in any form.

 

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