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¶630.3.4.2 AS REGARDS DIVINELY APPOINTED INSTITUTIONS: War and Military Enlistment

¶630.3.4.2 War and Military Enlistment

We believe, that military aggression, as an instrument of national policy is indefensible (Isaiah
2:3-4). The destruction of life and property, and the deceit and violence necessary to warfare are contrary to the spirit and mind of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 5:44-45). It is, therefore, our duty as Christians to promote peace and goodwill, to foster understanding and mutual trust among all people, and to work with patience for the renunciation of war as a means to settle international disputes (Romans 12:18; 14:19).

We believe that military service is a matter where the consciences of our members must be
respected (Acts 4:19-20; 5:29). We further acknowledge, as Christians, our responsibility to
intervene when there is massive, extreme or violent injustice. While we must support our nation in addressing such perils, we do not believe that this must necessarily take the form of active military service. Therefore, we claim exemption from all military service for those who register officially with the church as conscientious objectors to war.

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