“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
Paul uses some highly militaristic language in these verse. The rules of war here are:
Destroying defensive fortifications.
Punishing resistance when the ‘city’ is finally brought to submission.
At first glance these ‘rules of engagement’ would seem anti-christian. It is siege craft. These also seem to go beyond the popular notion that simple ‘subversion’ without direct engagement is sufficient. But, what’s going on here? As a former military man, these terms have pertinency. They apparently go way beyond ‘speaking the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15) ‘blessing those who persecute you’ (Romans 12:14), and ‘living peaceably with all.’ (Romans 12:18) So with that, a few questions:
1. Who, exactly is supposed to be waging this war? All believers? A select few? No one?
2. What justifies the spiritual ‘use of force?’
3. How does a Kingdom citizen ‘punish resistance?‘