Why Christians Don't Need “Holy Wars”

We are a "Family" in Christ. That's why we don't need holy wars or coercion to win converts. This devotion explains.

From 2005-2010, we lived in Budapest, Hungary, doing Christian work. When we returned for a visit this year, it 
renewed my appreciation for the family of God. If we love the Lord, we have family from every country, ethnic group, and walk of life (
Revelation 7:9-10; 1 John 3:2). 

God’s Spirit speaks the same messages to believers all over the globe (Acts 1:8Romans 8:14-16). 

I am reminded of this on a regular basis when I get an email or comment from Bible Love Notes readers from English-speaking countries such as the U.K., South Africa, Kenya, the Philippines, etc. 

And my “family” of Bible Love Notes translators reminds me that Hungarian, Serbian, Spanish, Portuguese, Telugu, Dutch, and Vietnamese Christians have the same love for God and His Word as English-speaking Christians. 

Our family connection isn’t limited by language or country of origin. In fact, while in Budapest this year, I met two of my brothers who found Jesus in refugee camps in Hungary, one from Afghanistan and one from Iraq. Their love for our Lord was powerful and their sacrifices for Christ were life-altering.

This is such a wonderful proof that our God is the only true God. 

We don’t need holy jihads or threats to bring people to the Lord. His Spirit speaks to hearts, and there are proofs of His divine nature everywhere (Romans 1:20).

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See More than I Could Have Imagined to read about one of God's miracles with my Bible Love Notes team. If someone brings up ancient history to claim that Christians have "holy wars," these 1-minute devotion will help you explain their error: Were Old Testament Wars the Same as Muslim Jihad? and Half-Truths about the Crusades.

Full-text Scriptures:

Revelation 7:9-10: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’”

1 John 3:2“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

Acts 1:8“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Romans 8:14-16“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”

Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

We are a "Family" in Christ. That's why we don't need holy wars or coercion to win converts. This devotion explains.

We are a "Family" in Christ. That's why we don't need holy wars or coercion to win converts. This devotion explains.

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