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A Biblical View of Self-Defense in A Time Of Terror

If we are called to protect others by spreading the gospel, by sharing the truth and promises of God’s Word, then don't we have the same obligation to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and our brothers and sisters in Christ if there is a threat here on earth?


Timothy J. Fancher  ·  November 8, 2017

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Note From Editor: In 2017, we began the year by creating editorial around the issues churches are facing in keeping their facilities secure and their congregations and staff, safe. This article is worth another look, and is a reflection of our continued diligence in helping churches navigate their way through an often overwhelming process. We have worked with experts and thought leaders who live and breathe church security, and will continue to bring you content on this journey we are all on in these challenging times.

As Christians, ranging from the casual Sunday-only church-goer, all the way to a mega-church pastor, we are all familiar with the Great Commission: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18 – 20.

Certainly Christians are very unlikely to take issue with the words of Jesus Himself: that we are to witness to others, with the ultimate goal of leading them to accept Christ and have the assurance of eternal salvation. In doing so, we are protecting their eternal life even as we are working to protect them from a life on earth without knowing the love of God and the near unthinkable reality of an eternity apart from God.

If we are called to protect others by spreading the gospel, by sharing the truth and promises of God’s Word, do we not have the same obligation to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and family, to include our brothers and sisters in Christ if there is a threat here on earth?

Don’t we need to learn to fight in the here and now in just the same way as we learn to fight on a spiritual level? Without question the answer is yes!

This can include learning street self-defense, training with firearms and becoming educated on proper security concepts and tactics for home, work and church.

I often see people calling for Prayer Warriors to fight the supernatural, yet there seems to be a stigma to learning to defend your loved ones in the natural world. First, to briefly consider spiritual warfare: Of particular note is, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

This passage reads like an instruction manual before battle, because it is! This is a call to action, and there are many active words in this passage: sober, vigilant, resist, steadfast, sufferings. Peter wrote this way for a reason, to prepare people through the ages to be ready for action.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Timothy J. Fancher
Is the founder of Psalm 144 Church Protection Seminars. Tim earned his Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Oral Roberts University (ORU) in 2013, a Associates of Science in Criminal Justice in 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Sociology in 2010 from Columbia College. Fancher is a former police officer, a street safety and church security expert and has been a professional street self-defense instructor since 1999 with over 30 years of martial arts experience. Fancher is also the founder of American Street Edge Self-Defense systems and has a 4th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate, specializing in teaching kids’ abduction prevention and physical fitness classes. Fancher lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fancher can be reached through www.psalm144.org or info@psalm144.org
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