|Luke 9:51-56 |
51 Then it came to pass, when the time had come for him to be taken up to heaven, that he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
52 And sent messengers before him; and they entered into a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him.
53 But the people would not receive him, because his face was set as though he was going to Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do you wish us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elijah did?"
55 But he turned and rebuked them, saying, "You do not know what sort of spirit you are of.4 [The disciples had not yet been cleansed and purified by the baptism of fire at Pentecost, so they were still under control of the spirit of Satan, as are all men until they have been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial. This verse proves that all the Protestant and Catholic sects that killed, (or even approved of killing), those with a different religious opinion were very different from real Christians; in even considering murder, they were following and yielding to their father the devil, who was the murderer from the beginning.]
56 For the Son of man has not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." And they went to another village.
4 Then it came to pass, when the time had come for him to be taken up to heaven, that he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,And sent messengers before him; and they entered into a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him.But the people would not receive him, because his face was set as though he was going to Jerusalem.And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do you wish us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elijah did?"But he turned and rebuked them, saying,"You do not know what sort of spirit you are of.For the Son of man has not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."
At this time in their discipleship, the disciples of Jesus were still guided by their carnal minds and evil spirits: the offspring of Satan. They wished to destroy the Samaritans because they would not receive Jesus, but Jesus rebuked them, telling them that they did not know what spirit they were being controlled by; just like when Peter urged Jesus to not let the elders, chief priests, and scribes kill Him, Jesus told Peter: "get behind me Satan." In this verse, (Luke 9:55-56), Jesus is telling us that it it is from the demonic spirit of Satan to even think about killing people who refuse to accept your faith.
In the Roman Catholic inquisitions and slaughters throughout Europe during the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD) nine million souls were put to death, accused of witchcraft. The Protestant zealots of Germany, inspired by Luther's radical translation of the Bible, raped, plundered, and killed 100,000 of the nobility and Catholics in the Peasants War. English King Henry VIII, the founder of the Episcopalians, had 72,000 opponents, (mostly Catholics), killed. England, Scotland, and Ireland suffered three civil wars of Puritans* against ruling governments, which left 190,00 dead in England, (3.7% of the population); 60,000 dead in Scotland, (6% of the population); and 616,000 dead in Ireland, (41% of the population, which was mostly Catholic).
*Justifying their revolution as bringing Christ's kingdom to earth, the Puritans regarded their adversaries as enemies of Christ. The Puritan officers of their army frequently inspired their troops by shouting a quote from the Old Testament against heathen idolatry: "Cursed be he that does the work of the Lord deceitfully, and keeps back his sword from blood." The victorious Puritan and parliamentary soldiers, with their extraordinary biblical names — Praise God Barebones and Sergeant Hew Agag in Pieces before the Lord — were roaming through the country, smashing the images in the churches, tearing out the pipes in the organs, breaking the stained-glass windows, and stabling their horses in cathedrals.
This was followed in the 17th Century by the Protestants of England and America, who in 50 years were responsible for the deaths of over 869 Quakers, imprisoning tens of thousands, and seizing the property of tens of thousands; the persecutors of the Quakers included Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Congregationalist Puritans, and Baptists. Three men and a woman were hung in Boston by the Bible-believing Puritans.
All the Protestant and Catholic sects that killed, (or even approved of killing), those with a different religious opinion were very different from real Christians; in even considering murder, they were following and yielding to their father the devil, who was the murderer from the beginning. They callously ignored the scriptures of the New Testament clearly stating that we should love our enemies, that we should pray for our enemies, that we should turn the other cheek, and that it was Satanic to even think about killing those that do not share our faith. Jesus further said that if someone is violating the standards of the true church, (sinning), they are supposed to be warned by one, then warned by two or three, then censured by the whole body of believers, — and if they fail to repent of their error, they are supposed to be expelled and shunned — not killed, or imprisoned, or tortured, or stripped of their property. Any so-called Christian that does that: 1) denies Him as Lord and Master, 2) denies Him having come in the flesh, and 3) is antiChrist. We are supposed to love and pray for our enemies, not destroy them.
If a true Christian, (sent by Jesus to preach to someone with words supplied by Him immediately before speaking), is rejected by his listeners, he is only permitted to shake the dust of that home or town from his feet; but it is clearly demonic to harm in the least those who refuse the message. God can deal with those who reject His message any way He chooses, (whenever He chooses), but a true Christian cannot even strike another human being, who is created in the image of God; a true Christian is: 1) sent to specific persons, 2) shown or told exactly what to do, and 3) harmless.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be as wise as serpents, and as harmless as doves. Mat 10:16
So that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you shine as lights in the world; Phil 2:15
As Jesus is, so you are to be in the world as He is. We must be righteous as He is righteous, 1 John 3:7-10. We must be merciful as He is merciful, Luke 6:36. We must become pure as He is pure. 1 John 3:3. But as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of conduct, 1 Pet 1:15. So that we walk as he walked, 1 John 2:6, and as He is, so are we in this present world. 1 John 4:17. From the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master."
Though false prophets were stoned according to Jewish Law, and though the pagan peoples were killed in Israel, those practices were superseded by Jesus when He came and strengthened the requirements of righteousness to exceed the old law. Who continues swearing, or tithing, or killing false prophets and unbelievers, or continues taking an eye for an eye, or building temples, or observing sabbaths, or having multiple wives, or forbidding certain foods, or observing certain days, or celebration of Jewish feasts;* such person denies Jesus Christ as Lord and Master, denies Him come in the flesh, and therefore is antiChrist.
* If you are a Jew that practiced the Mosaic Law in regard to foods and days, and have turned to Christianity, you are permitted, (not required), to continue that practice until you have received faith from the Spirit that a portion of the law should not govern you, (as did Peter); for if you think it is a sin to violate any aspect of the law, you are condemned if you violate it.