Radicalized Christians?

Is
there a sect or view within Christianity that advocates and exercises
murder and violence against those who are viewed as enemies?  If there
is a radicalized Christianity, what is it exactly?  Quite honestly
the answer is very simple.  To know what IS Christianity, we must first
look at the core defining elements of the faith and look at the
teachings of Jesus.

Please read Essential Elements of the Christian Faith.

Anyone
can claim to believe all the essential elements of the faith but still
advocate violence, so does that make them a radical Christian?

No.  And here is why:

Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

What is genuine Christian love that Jesus is speaking about here?

John 15:13
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life”

Jesus
is also the supreme example and proof of genuine holy Christian love. 
He selflessly sacrificed his pride and entire life for the sake of
people who hated him.  Instead of advocating violence against those who
he knew were going to literally abuse him and murder him… he showed
humility, sacrifice, and true love instead.

Anyone can claim to believe all the essential ideas and teachings of Christianity but without selfless sacrificial love for enemies- its not Christian and is not following Jesus Christ as Lord God and savior.


Not
stating that everyone will perfectly be obedient to Jesus’ example but
good trees produce good fruit and bad trees produce bad fruit (Matt
7:16).

John 13:35
By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

If radical Christians can NOT be those who advocate and pursue violence; then what are they?

Radical Christians 

Radical
Christians are those who worship God in spirit and truth.  They affirm
all the essential elements of the faith and believe it in such a way it
(The Holy Spirit) has changed their life.  They love God over
themselves.  They stand by these truths even if they are alone or
persecuted for it.  They love the world enough to express God’s truths
even if the world does not want to hear it for the sake of anyone who
may be saved.  They are willing to give up their life to love God and
others.  Radical Christians are unselfish, self sacrificial, merciful,
gracious, forgiving, and stand firm on God’s truths in scripture.



The
reason why this a Radical Christian is because most people who claim to
be Christian in America and other modern societies tend to be more self
centered and willing to compromise truth to appease the offended world.

Also read The Self and The Center of Everything | The Satisfaction of Christ Jesus | God’s Truths are Not a Matter of Opinions | Me, Myself, And I and “Doing Me”God’s Glory Alone“The World” According To God  |  When Our Faith is Just Lip Service

Offending is unloving?


Offending
people is NOT unloving and is NOT wrong.  This is a lie that creates an
applied pressure on Christians so that they compromise and avoiding
truth; that offending someone and ‘speaking negativity’ is some how
wrong.  Jesus continually made statements that offended people; to the
point of being hated and murdered.  If offending people was wrong, Jesus
was not perfect and thus Jesus could not be God.  Because Jesus is God,
offending people is a righteous possible result of sharing truth in
love.



Also read The Beauty of Accountability | Negative Name Dropping and Calling Out | Don’t Judge Me | Your Feelings Do Not Determine Truth | The Other Side of The Real Jesus  |  The Joy of TRUTH |  How “Love is Love” is Unloving.

Application:

With
all this said and with what has gone on in the news; anyone who claims
to be a Christian and then commits a mass shooting, by definition, is
NOT Christian and NOT following Jesus Christ.  There is still
forgiveness for this person and God will still show them grace and
mercy; but in the commission of that kind of violence; they were not
living by the Christian faith.



This
is what the world will easily get confused or use against
Christianity.  Ignorantly assuming what they claim is what they are by
their own claim.  But when a square claims to be a circle, it is still
not.  The Church needs to voice The Gospel Message and speak truth in
love and explain that any individual committing such violence is not
following Jesus Christ.

 Conclusion 


Anyone
who advocates and conducts violence against anyone is acting in
contrary to Christianity.  Even if they claim to be Christian, they are
contradicting it.  A square is not a circle just as someone

advocating and conducting violence is not Christian, by definition (Capital Punishment is another issue).  


Radical
Christians are the exact opposite.  They are selfless and sacrifice
themselves for love and truth of God.  Their methods are non violent and
strictly focused on God’s Glory and for His will to be done.  They are
not defined by cultural norms or bend to society pressures. Their lives are proof of God’s power to change and they speak truth in love even if they are hated for it.

 

 

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