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I see no problem with that if soldiers also preach the Gospel so that all those sovereignly predestined by God will get saved whereas the others will die in atrocious pain before being eternally tortured in hell.
Sorry but it’s hard for an European progressive Christian not to be cynical while looking at American Evangelícalism.
Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son
See my other comment
I agree with your cynicism but as I understand it, belief in predestination is a minority view within the modern American evangelical movement. I think that most American Evangelicals believe that whether you are saved or damned is dependent on an active act of will of the individual to accept and believe (or for some do) certain things. That is why it is so important for the evangelicals to spread their message. If they don’t, they believe more people will be going to hell. The problem with soldiers doing this is that we don’t want government, which is supposed to represent the interests off all people, to just represent the interests of one segment. It is better to let evangelism happen outside the official seat of power. For example it is better for soldiers to talk about their beliefs on their own time – just not while wearing the uniform in any kind of official capacity – and particularly not while pointing a gun at you..
Okay Jeff, I was a bit carried away by my emotions and considered the worst kind of Evangelicalism out there.
I explain my views on salvation here:
I believe it is profoundly blasphemous to teach that God automatically damns everyone having died as an unbeliever.
Lovely greetings in Christ.
This reminds me of a Bible study I was at several years ago and people were talking about atrocities in Africa. The missionaries were so happy b/c they were able to convert more people in times of strife as opposed to those who were comfortable. The message was “as long as the Gospel was being spread, violence is ok.” I wanted to throw up.
The violence is not ok, but the fact that in times of trials people become more spiritual seems hard to dispute. Suffering produces a kind of focus, either anger or new coping mechanisms, or maybe both, but it is often a pivotal event. Or as someone said: “Suffering is God’s megaphone.”