Thursday, June 5, 2008

Frank Bartleman on War

"Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God.' Ps. 51:14. Truly a stern warning for these present days, for 'whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer' (1 Jno. 3:15), and we cannot wish the death of any man without hating him. Here is a supreme test on the church today, and multitudes are falling. 'If any man shall kill with the sword, with the sword must he be killed. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.'---Rev. 13:10. 'They loved not their lives even unto death.'---Rev. 12:11"

"When we have a holy Devil and a holy hell, then we shall have a holy war. I speak of the earthly situation. 'War is hell.'"

"Russian despotism, German militarism and English imperialism together spell 'devilism.' 'England's menace' is not nearly so serious as the "Christian menace,' the menace to the Christian spirit through hatred of the enemy in war, especially in England. London is plastered with the placard, 'Our war on German trade.' Thank God, no true Christian is neither 'made in Germany,' nor in England. We are 'made in heaven.'"

[Fr. Frank Bartleman, "The Situation in Europe", The Bridegroom's Messenger Vol. VIII No. 168 (March 1, 1915), p. 1] Bartleman had just returned from an extended preaching tour of Europe.