What were the teachings of the Apostles and the early New Testament Church? Was war under any circumstance permitted? How can a Christian "fight the good fight" and yet not kill? THE APOSTLE JAMES, who wrote the Epistle of James, was a physical brother of Christ. What did he teach about fighting? He wrote that "the fruit of righteousness [obeying God's commandments (Ps. 119:172)] is sown in PEACE (not war) of them that MAKE PEACE" (Jas. 3:18). You do not make peace by making war! Cause of War Defined. This same Apostle wrote in explicit terms the true cause of war: "From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
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