Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A royal priesthood

We as Christians are a "royal priesthood."

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

In about 240, Origen grasped this concept of explained the Christian response to warfare thus:

"You cannot demand military service of Christians any more than you can of priests. We do not go forth as soldiers." (Against Celsus VIII.7.3)

If we would not have a priest/pastor/reverend engage in violence (1 Timothy 3:2, 3), why is it permissible for the "layman?"

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