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THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR. I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 In.

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1 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR

2 I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 In the sacrifices it demandsIn the sacrifices it demands In the lives it destroysIn the lives it destroys In its financial costIn its financial cost In the passions it engendersIn the passions it engenders In the national alienation it sometimes leaves behindIn the national alienation it sometimes leaves behind In the suffering it entailsIn the suffering it entails In all its uncertaintiesIn all its uncertainties

3 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 B. Blessings of war, God can use war for good, Isa. 13:17-19; Dan. 5; Ezra 1; Matt. 24God can use war for good, Isa. 13:17-19; Dan. 5; Ezra 1; Matt. 24 War can preserve and protect an environment wherein people can attend to their service to God, 1 Tim. 2:1-2War can preserve and protect an environment wherein people can attend to their service to God, 1 Tim. 2:1-2 War can prepare the way for new and better conditionsWar can prepare the way for new and better conditions Opportunity to develop virtues, 2 Pet. 1:5-6; Matt. 5:44Opportunity to develop virtues, 2 Pet. 1:5-6; Matt. 5:44

4 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 B. Blessings of war II. THE DANGERS OF SUCH TIMES A. Distraction from spiritual duties A. Distraction from spiritual duties As individuals, 1 Cor. 7:25-26; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Acts 9::31; 1 Cor. 7:35As individuals, 1 Cor. 7:25-26; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Acts 9::31; 1 Cor. 7:35 Churches, Eph. 4:11-12Churches, Eph. 4:11-12

5 Speaking of 9/11: “The North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention, which coordinates disaster responses, placed feeding units on standby within an hour of the attack. The denomination is also accepting donations to support relief in New York City…. According to Baptist Press, other disaster relief units may be mobilized by the end of the day. “...the National Council of Churches and Church World Service.... Spokesman Carol Fouke said staff members held a noontime prayer service at the organization's chapel today, and may also hold a blood drive. Staff members are also trying to coordinate housing for those unable to get home. (“Churches, Agencies Respond to Attacks,” by LaTonya Taylor, posted 9/12/01 “...the National Council of Churches and Church World Service.... Spokesman Carol Fouke said staff members held a noontime prayer service at the organization's chapel today, and may also hold a blood drive. Staff members are also trying to coordinate housing for those unable to get home. (“Churches, Agencies Respond to Attacks,” by LaTonya Taylor, posted 9/12/ html)

6 “During World War II a Chicago radio station aired an interview with three well-known denominational preachers, on `What the Church Can Do in these Grave Times.’ The three so-called `Reverends’ suggested bandage making, meeting troop trains with coffee, gathering books for the U.S.O., and the like. When the time was about up, the man interviewing said something to this effect. `I am not a religious man, but I thought the Church was and had something special to offer. Civic Clubs, school children, and others can to the things you have mentioned. But I am disappointed in not hearing of some function peculiar to the Church.’” (Robert F. Turner, The Cogdell-Turner, p )

7 Ephesians 4:11-12 “And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:” APOSTLESPROPHETS EVANGELISTS PASTORS TEACHERS “for” pros pros “with a view to” Perfecting (equipping) of the saints “for” “unto” eis eis Work of e ministering diakonia diakonia Service - Ministry - Diakonia Benevolence: Acts 6:1; 11:29; 12: 25; Rom. 15:31; 2 Cor. 9:12,13 Evangelism: 1 Tim. 1:12; 2 Tim. 4: 5; Acts 20:24; 2 Cor. 11:8 “to” “unto” eis eis Building up of the body of the body

8 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 B. Blessings of war II. THE DANGERS OF SUCH TIMES A. Distraction from spiritual duties A. Distraction from spiritual duties B. That we develop a mere “form of godliness,” 2 Tim. B. That we develop a mere “form of godliness,” 2 Tim. 3:1-5 3:1-5

9 “Hall had changed completely. He was advocating strongly the Southern cause and, all in all, acted more like a fiend than a Christian gentleman. He rode a fine mule, had a splendid rifle, and expressly requested of all friends that if a `Yankee’ appeared, please let him get his share. During the conversation with Graham and Baxter, Hall mentioned not one word about the church, about the gospel, or what one might ordinarily expect of a preacher, but spoke only of his rifle and how many Yankees he hoped to kill….Hall advocated catching every Yankee soldier, cutting off their right hands and sending them back home with the hand tied to the saddle. Graham asked Hall how he could feel this way toward his brethren in the North, and Hall replied that he had no brethren in the North; they were all infidels.” (Earl West, Search for the Ancient Order, Vol. 1, pp )

10 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 B. Blessings of war II. THE DANGERS OF SUCH TIMES A. Distraction from spiritual duties A. Distraction from spiritual duties B. That we develop a mere “form of godliness,” 2 Tim. B. That we develop a mere “form of godliness,” 2 Tim. 3:1-5 3:1-5 III. THE CHRISTIAN’S DUTY IN TRYING TIMES A. Prayer, Acts 12:5; Matt. 5:44 A. Prayer, Acts 12:5; Matt. 5:44 B. “But be thou sober in all things,” 2 Tim. 4:5 B. “But be thou sober in all things,” 2 Tim. 4:5 C. “Suffer hardship,” 2 Tim. 4:5 C. “Suffer hardship,” 2 Tim. 4:5 D. Faithfully carry out our responsibilities as Christians D. Faithfully carry out our responsibilities as Christians

11 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 In the sacrifices it demandsIn the sacrifices it demands In the lives it destroysIn the lives it destroys In its financial costIn its financial cost In the passions it engendersIn the passions it engenders In the national alienation it sometimes leaves behindIn the national alienation it sometimes leaves behind In the suffering it entailsIn the suffering it entails In all its uncertaintiesIn all its uncertainties

12 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 B. Blessings of war, God can use war for good, Isa. 13:17-19; Dan. 5; Ezra 1; Matt. 24God can use war for good, Isa. 13:17-19; Dan. 5; Ezra 1; Matt. 24 War can preserve and protect an environment wherein people can attend to their service to God, 1 Tim. 2:1-2War can preserve and protect an environment wherein people can attend to their service to God, 1 Tim. 2:1-2 War can prepare the way for new and better conditionsWar can prepare the way for new and better conditions Opportunity to develop virtues, 2 Pet. 1:5-6; Matt. 5:44Opportunity to develop virtues, 2 Pet. 1:5-6; Matt. 5:44

13 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 B. Blessings of war II. THE DANGERS OF SUCH TIMES A. Distraction from spiritual duties A. Distraction from spiritual duties As individuals, 1 Cor. 7:25-26; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Acts 9::31; 1 Cor. 7:35As individuals, 1 Cor. 7:25-26; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Acts 9::31; 1 Cor. 7:35 Churches, Eph. 4:11-12Churches, Eph. 4:11-12

14 THE CHRISTIAN IN TIME OF WAR I. GRIEVOUSNESS AND BLESSINGS OF WAR A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 A. “Grievousness of war, ” Isa. 21:13-15 B. Blessings of war II. THE DANGERS OF SUCH TIMES A. Distraction from spiritual duties A. Distraction from spiritual duties B. That we develop a mere “form of godliness,” 2 Tim. B. That we develop a mere “form of godliness,” 2 Tim. 3:1-5 3:1-5 III. THE CHRISTIAN’S DUTY IN TRYING TIMES A. Prayer, Acts 12:5; Matt. 5:44 A. Prayer, Acts 12:5; Matt. 5:44 B. “But be thou sober in all things,” 2 Tim. 4:5 B. “But be thou sober in all things,” 2 Tim. 4:5 C. “Suffer hardship,” 2 Tim. 4:5 C. “Suffer hardship,” 2 Tim. 4:5 D. Faithfully carry out our responsibilities as Christians D. Faithfully carry out our responsibilities as Christians


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