A Treatise on Love as the Biblical Basis for Christian Nonresistance and its Practical Applications
Today's generation—including all members of the church of Jesus Christ—is in great need of inspiration to not only keep the faith and to live it, but also to pass it on to the next and future generations, if the Lord tarries. To encourage this passing on process is the purpose, really, of all that is said in this book.
Young people, are you wondering how you can be prepared if wartime tests should come? The best preparation is to be what God wants you to be now! If love for God, family, church, and the souls of mankind fills our hearts, then we will be nonresistant toward any evil done to us, and will not easily change that attitude when a test comes.
Table of Contents
- Author's Introduction
Part I - The Doctrine
- Chapter 1. Love as Jesus Taught It—The Spirit and the Law of the Gospel
- A. Love as Jesus Taught It Was Perfectly Exemplified by His Life
- B. Love as Jesus and the Apostles Taught It is the "Law of the Gospel"
- C. Nonresistance—a Fruit of Love as Jesus Taught It
- Chapter 2. The Patriarchal and Old Covenant Preparation Time
- A. Man Was Created With the Power of Choice
- B. Love Was God's Perfect Will and Desire for Mankind From the Beginning
- C. The Fall Brought Great Changes, Great Consequences
- D. Progressive Revelation—The Law Was the Schoolmaster to Prepare Man to Receive the Remedy for Sin
- E. Old Testament Ethics Must Be Viewed in Light of God's Permissive Will
- F. God Used His People as Instruments of His Judgment
- G. God Is an Unchanging God With Unchanging Attributes in All Ages
- H. God's Perfect Will That Man Learn to Love as Jesus Taught, Is Often Alluded To and Foreshadowed in the Old Testament, and Has a Basis There
- Chapter 3. A Prepared People—The New Testament Church
- A. The New Testament Church Is Under a New Covenant
- B. The New Testament Church Is a Voluntary Church
- C. The New Testament Church Is Separate from the State
- D. The New Testament Church Supersedes the Old
- Chapter 4. Answering the Militant and the Pacifist
- A. Answering the Militant
- B. Answering the Pacifist
Part II - Looking at the Past
- Chapter 5. The Story of the "Defenseless" New Testament Church
- A. The Apostolic Era
- B. Post Apostolic and Early Christian Era
- C. The Constantinian Change
- D. The Medieval Era
- E. The Crusades, the Inquisition, and Pre-Reformation Movements
- F. The Reformation Era
- G. Restoration—More than Reformation
- Chapter 6. What Is War?
- A. The Cause and "Purpose" of War
- B. The Persistent Cruelty of War
- C. The Realities of War
- 1. For the Soldier on the Battlefield
- 2. For the Civilian in War Zone
- 3. For those "at Home" in the Country Supporting the War
- D. Looking Back... Looking Forward
Part III - Looking at the Future
- Chapter 7. Preparing Our Young People by Preserving and Passing on the Faith
- A. How?
- 1. By Preaching, Teaching and Writing It as Basic Bible Doctrine
- 2. By Practicing It as the Christian Way of Life
- B. Where?
- 1. In the Heart—Love for God
- 2. In the Family—Love at Home
- 3. In the Church—Love for the Brotherhood
- 4. In the World—Love for All Mankind
- C. When?
- 1. In Peacetime
- 2. In Wartime
- 3. In Any Testing Time