3 Quotes from “Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?”

“The point of Matthew 5:11–12 is that Christians are freed to rejoice in persecution because our hearts have been so changed that we are more satisfied in the hope of heaven than in the hope of self-defense. This is the root of turning the other cheek and loving the enemy.”

‘Jesus says that the moment of life-threatening danger “will be your opportunity to bear witness” (Luke 21:13). It will be a moment for fearless stepping into heaven (Matthew 10:28). A moment for enduring to the end and being saved (Matthew 10:22).’

‘It is no small thing that Peter based non-retaliatory suffering from unjust treatment on the atoning work of Christ as exemplary: “To this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).’

Source: John Piper (desiringgod).

Based on Chuck McKnight’s “When John Piper and I Agree (What is Our Hope In?)” (hippieheretic).

Read also “Moral Influence Theory” and “Moral Exemplar Theory“.


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