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What are we fighting for?

"I’m an evangelical Christian. And I’m not Amish, Quaker, or Mennonite. I own several guns and still believe that the smell of a recently fired shotgun on a crisp fall morning comes darn near close to paradise. But I’ve tried my hardest to understand God’s Word and the diverse perspectives of those who read it. And the more I study, the more I discuss, the more I’ve become convinced: Christians shouldn’t kill or use violence - not even in war."

With these words, Preston Sprinkle jumps into a compelling, passionate study of God’s perspective on violence. Examining both the seemingly angry, violent God of the Old Testament and the peacemaking Jesus of the New, Preston takes us back to Scripture to discern how God has really called His people to think and live in the midst of a violent world. He asks us to join him in inviting God to challenge our presuppositions, to set aside our biases and backgrounds and fears...and to seek above all else to faithfully follow the Savior who humbly submitted to God in the face of injustice and violence.

©2013 David C. Cook (P)2013 Oasis Audio

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"I highly recommend that every believer examine the truths in this book. You may discover that much of your current belief system has been influenced by sources other than Scripture." (Francis Chan, New York Times best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell

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Compelling and life changing

This book completely changed my perspective on God and his feelings towards violence - specifically with respect to self defense and war. I grew up in the typical Republican household where we believed that every Bible believing citizen should own a gun (even better if you have more than one) and where Christians should be on the front lines advocating for war, especially when our country has been hurt or threatened by another country or group of people. I remember 9/11 well - my family and I sat in front of the television while former President George Bush promised that we would avenge the deaths of all of those who lost their lives on that tragic day... I remember feeling proud and hopeful that we were going to “take them out”. Fast forward to 2009 when I came to know Jesus and very slowly my perspectives on life began to change. From then until now I really didn’t know where to stand on gun ownership and self defense but a large part of me still felt I should keep my gun “just in case” a man entered my house and tried to hurt me. Wow, how misguided my thinking was. Christians today are nothing like they were in the years around and after Jesus. I am astounded that it has taken me 35 years of living to finally hear teaching about Scripture that is accurate and makes sense. I used to always say I could never believe in a God who orders that children be killed, who created hell simply to make people suffer for all eternity (news flash to me - I just learned that hell was never in the creation story... quite an interesting thought to think that God in fact may not have created what we call hell after all). This book has completely changed my view of God and I am incredibly thankful to the author for researching all of the information out there and writing this book. I truly believe he will never begin to realize how many lives he has changed by writing it. Thank you, Preston, for doing what so many of us are unable to and for bringing the truth of the Scriptures to so many who are longing so desperately to know it. Everyone should read this book.

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Strongly recommended

Very thorough, we'll written, honest, and true to the scriptures! I strongly recommend to anyone looking to formulate an understanding of how to live like King Jesus!