The Doctrine of Warfare. Part 1. Legitimate War.


August 13, 2017

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Mosaic Law was the divine standard that God used to demonstrate the sinfulness of the human race as well as his principles of establishment.

The Mosaic Law is divided into three parts which all have a different meaning for the individuals it was given to – the Law is divided into three general categories —- Theologically = Codex #1; Codex #2; Codex #3.

Codex I is the Ten commandments, or the Decalogue also known as the freedom code; the Decalogue or Ten Commandments. 2. Codex II – Spiritual Code; which includes the complete shadow presentation of Christ and His saving work. 3. Codex III – Establishment Code; civil statues of Israel.

The first five commandments declare the principle of spirituality or the possibility of establishing a relationship with God; the last five apply to man’s relationship toward his fellow man.

  1. We had the concept of Privacy and Private Property.
  2. There is the importance of the concept of Right Man and Right Woman. Divine Institutions #2 and #3, Marriage and Family, are protected by the principles in the Decalogue.

The pattern of the right man for the right woman was established at the creation of man, Gen 2:21-25.

Adam didn’t have a father and a mother, neither did his wife. So why put father and mother in? Because this passage establishes precedent.

Under the first mention principle, when you establish a first doctrinal principle called a precedent, it is to show that this is a firm established principle from the beginning of time to the end of human history.

GEN 2:24 For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother is because one of the greatest dangers to marriage is interference from parents.

Marital problems are no one else’s business except those involved in the marriage.

The Hebrew word for naked `arowm (aw-rome’); meaning that they were totally transparent with one another, no secrets but just intimacy.

PRO 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.

ECC 9:9 Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life, and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.

1CO 7:17   Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And thus I direct in all the churches.

Sometimes this interference comes from family members, sometimes it comes from friends or people who have no right to stick their nose into the marital affairs of others.

  1. Your Freedom 2. Your choice in the opposite Sex 3. Your responsibility as a parent.

What does the Bible say about WAR!

In spite of man’s efforts for peace throughout the ages, warfare will exist until the Millennium (1,000 literal years), Mat 24:4‑7.

Isa 2:4 Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.

Just as TLJC made perfect peace with God at His First Advent, so He will provide the basis for no more war at his Second Advent.

War is used by God to kill off the leaches of society; in reality it is a cleansing agent.

Ecc 3:8   “There is a time for war, and there is a time for peace.”

There is a book of wars that comes directly from the Lord. Num 21:14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord, what He did in the Red Sea, and in the brooks of Arnon.

The misnomer OR MISUNDERSTANDING of war is found in the word “sword” in MAT 26:52, “for all who draw the sword shall perish by the sword.”

Here, the sword in this passage refers to crime and capital punishment.

TLJC rebuked him and said that all those who draw the sword as a criminal in civil disobedience shall perish by the sword as a criminal of civil disobedience.

The sword also refers to capital punishment in Rom 13:4 for it (government) is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing;

for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.

Gen 9:6 = the first statement of capital punishment.

There is a difference between the sword as a criminal and the honor of fighting for your country as a military soldier.

Divine institution #4 = Nationalism = that is what our present administration seems to believe and that is that a strong military PREVENTS WAR and PROTECTS divine establishment.

All freedom comes ONE WAY = through military victory.

  1. The spiritual factor of Bible doctrine in the soul, prayer, and the grace of God. Neh 4:8‑9.
  2. The second factor that protects a nation is military preparedness, Neh 4:8‑9, 13‑15.
  3. The spiritually mature believer. 2. Military preparedness. Prin- Freedom, prosperity, and life are sacred under the laws of divine establishment and must be fought for in order to be protected.

Failure of society; Lack of physical and mental training; No respect for authority; Lack of courage; No self-discipline; And the trading of security for freedom.

Failure to fight for freedom means slavery.

Social degeneration is always characterized by disdain of the military and police.

One military leader (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus) said; “Victory depends on training, not numbers.”

Heb 11:34 They quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Under the laws of divine establishment, all national freedom and security comes through military victory.

The book of Jeremiah teaches that Jewish military failure in 586 B.C. was attributed to the spiritual and moral decline of the people.

First of all, the Lord fought for Israel at the Red Sea, Exo 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

As God, the Lord cannot sin; HAB 1:13, therefore, we must conclude that if the Lord fought, then WAR is not sinful.

The Hebrew phrase Adonai sabaoth MEANS “the Lord of the armies,” is the title for our Lord Jesus Christ as the Protector of Israel.

This is His title as Commander and Chief of the angelic army, Jos 5:13‑6:2; Zec 14:3‑4.

The concept of Christ as a warrior will continue until the Armageddon campaign, Zec 1‑4.

It is the Lord Who will fight those great nations at that time.

The Lord Jesus Christ also delivered Israel and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in 701 B.C.; Isa 37:36.

At Armageddon in Rev 19:11‑15, He will break his own record.

Just war is always righteous!