Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you very much for your letter.
I do appreciate your encouragement, and your critical feedback.
I apologise for any misunderstandings that have been given. I do not think that C.T. Studd’s message The Chocolate Soldier was in any way meant to advocate violence, but merely a more militant and aggressive Christianity - in terms of evangelism.
Our mission, Frontline Fellowship, is a mission of Christians from a military background, who for over 24 years have been dedicated to evangelising in war zones, winning soldiers for Christ. Using Christian films, Gospel literature, Bible distribution, Bible teaching, church planting, training of chaplains, etc, I have personally evangelised Russians, Cubans, East Germans, Zimbabwe terrorists, Frelimo in Mozambique, MPLA in Angola, SWAPO, ANC, PAC and PLO terrorists, UNITA and RENAMO anti-Communist guerrillas, the SPLA in Sudan, etc.
Now, although we are reporting on the wars and the atrocities of Communist and Muslim dictatorships, neither I nor any of our missionaries are directly involved in military resistance to the tyrannies. Of course, in the eyes of those regimes we are supporting the Resistance by training chaplains, providing medical supplies and training for the medics, establishing clinics, taking in a field ambulance, and publishing the atrocities of their regimes.
Although we are not taking up any combatant role in these conflicts, we are by no means neutral. Christians in Sudan have been facing a war of annihilation. I have documented how the National Islamic Front government of Sudan has been engaged in scorched earth, burning of crops, bombing of churches, hospitals and schools, crucifying of Christian leaders, enslaving of Christian children, etc.
If you support Christians taking up arms against “satanic aggression” in WWI and WWII, then you would logically be compelled to even more support the defense of Christian blacks in Southern Sudan against a tyrannical Islamic government, dedicated to their enslavement or their annihilation.
Pacificism is an unBiblical position. If all the people with a conscience refused to fight, then it will leave the battlefields in the hands of men without a conscience. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
God is not a pacifist. The Creator of all life determines whether you live or die (Daniel 5:23). When our Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth, it will not be as a Lamb, but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of kings and Lord of lords. He will annihilate the forces of the anti-Christ. “With justice He judges and makes war… He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty…”Revelation 19:11 – 15
The Scripture commands general obedience to family, church and civil governing authorities (Romans 13:1 – 4; 1 Timothy 2:1 – 2; 1 Peter 2:13 – 15). In the event of conflict between the Law of God and the law of man, we are commanded to obey God rather than man (Acts 4:19 – 20; 5:29).
The midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s decree that all Hebrew boys were to be killed at birth (Exodus 1:17).
Moses’ parents hid their child and kept him for three months against the law of Pharaoh (Hebrews 11:23).
Moses worked to free his people from bondage in Egypt against the will of Pharaoh.
Rahab is twice commended in Scripture (James 2:25; Hebrews 11:31) for disobeying her pagan Canaanite government and protecting the Hebrew spies (Joshua 2:1 – 16).
David fled from King Saul and evaded capture on numerous occasions. He did not give himself up, but neither did he harm Saul when he had the opportunity (1 Samuel 16:24).
Jehu mobilised the military to overthrow the wicked king, Ahaziah and queen Jezebel – in obedience to the Word of God (2 Kings 9:6 – 13, 22 – 33).
Jeremiah was considered a traitor by his government when he proclaimed God’s Word of Judgment and called for repentance and surrender during the siege by the Babylonians (Jeremiah 38).
Shedrak, Meshak and Abednigo refused to obey the king’s order to bow down before his golden image (Daniel 3:12 – 18).
The Founding Fathers of America quoted extensively from Lex Rex by Samuel Rutherford, and from Vindicae Contra Tyrannos written in 1579. These books made clear that just as a subject owes allegiance to his king, the king owes allegiance to the King of kings. If the king rejects the Laws of God, he is guilty of high treason to his Sovereign. If our leaders are in rebellion to Almighty God, we dare not be in submission to these rebels. Unless we are under authority, we have no authority. To the extent to which a government is in submission to the Laws of God, they have authority. Where they are only partially in submission to God’s Word, they have partial authority. Where they reject all of God’s Law, they have absolutely no authority.
These matters have been considered in my books: The Christian at War; Biblical Principles for Africa; Renaissance or Reformation and The Greatest Century of Reformation.
I am committed to loving my enemies, blessing those who curse me, doing good to those who hate me and praying for those who deceitfully use me. It has been my joy and privilege to give many of my enemies food and drink, and to exercise mercy upon those who have been merciless. It has also been my great joy to lead many enemy soldiers and terrorists to salvation in Christ and welcome them as brothers in Christ after their repentance. However, I see no contradiction in working to defend the defenseless and protect the helpless when called upon to do so.
May the Lord continue to be your joy and strength.
Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond