Greg Hopkins’ new book, A Time To Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism, argues that the Bible does not teach pacifist principles as a moral response to criminal assault but in fact, teaches just the opposite in both Old and New Testaments, praising soldiers and law enforcement on numerous occasions and giving civilians explicit permission to use deadly force in life-threatening situations.
The author uses Scripture to demonstrate that the Bible commands Christians to be good stewards, prepared to protect self and the innocent from hostile attack. During an interview with MindBridge Press, Mr. Hopkins asked these compelling questions: “If the Bible commands such behavior, can defense of self, family, and those unable to defend themselves be immoral? If Christians are commanded to treat others as they want to be treated, would this not include protecting others from criminal attack?” He then postulated, “Perhaps Jesus Christ had that in mind when he instructed his disciples to acquire a sword before entering the mission field, even if that meant trading their cloak for the weapon.”
A Time To Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism includes chapters about preparation for self defense, laws that govern self defense, understanding how criminals think, recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), biblical appraisals of military and police, arguments on criminal punishment, the death penalty, and much more.