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NEW YORK (RNS) “I couldn’t find a Christian leader at the conference who supported military intervention,” said Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance.


  1. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    The Christian leaders in the Middle East and Syria are the ones with “Boots on the ground” and they all want us to go away. How many must die to make Obama look good?? After he stuck his foot in his mouth!!!!

  2. Why are American Christians so silent on this? The entire middle east has been turned on its head since the G.W. Bush gang went into the region with guns a blazing. Obama continues the policy of destruction and destabilization. Christians have been targeted for eviction since day one. Is the ‘Christian’ west going to develop a safe haven for Christians? Don’t hold your breath!
    Jordan’s role is duplicitous since it works with the enemies of Syria (USA, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel) to destroy the very Christians in Syria that it claims to be hosting in Jordan – TOTAL HYPOCRISY! The west is working hand in hand with the Zionists to completely wreck the region for any but religious sectarians. The only ones actually defending Syria and its Christian population are the Russians (Orthodox Christians), Iranians (mainly Shia Muslim), Iraqis (both Sunni and Shia) and the Chinese (atheist, Buddhist and Confucian). Where is the spine of the western, supposedly Christian nations? This is not going to end well for anyone.

    • Sarah Pulliam Bailey

      Sarah Pulliam Bailey

      Article author

      Thanks for commenting, Sylvestre. Just making sure you saw Leith Anderson’s comments this morning:

    • You’re absolutely correct, and I agree with you wholeheartedly. Christianity has been in Syria for some 2,000 years; St. Paul was from Tarsus, a Syrian port city on the East Mediterranean coast.

      For a few centuries after the advent of Islam in the region, Christians and Muslims lived side-by-side peacefully, until the founding of the Zionist State of Israel in 1949. It is Israel that has been creating chaos and mayhem in the Middle East, including Syria. It is the Zionist entity that’s putting Christians in both Syria and Egypt in dire jeopardy; namely, by pushing sectarian conflict.

      Thanks, Sylvestre.

    • :Why are American Christians so silent on this?…”
      Well, we are mostly illiterate when it come to the Bible (most cannot even name the Ten Commandments) and though we have heroes of the faith, we only read the parts we like. We ought to heed the exhortation of Charles Spurgeon:
      “I wish that Christian men would insist more and more on the unrighteousness of war, believing that Christianity means no sword, no cannon, no bloodshed, and that, if a nation is driven to fight in its own defence, Christianity stands by to weep and to intervene as soon as possible…”

  3. True Christians would not take sides with or give support to either of two or more contending parties. It is a fact of ancient and modern day history that in every nation and under all circumstances true Christians have endeavored to maintain complete neutrality as to conflicts between factions of the world.

    “A careful review of all the information available goes to show that, until the time of Marcus Aurelius [Roman emperor from 161 to 180 C.E.], no Christian became a soldier; and no soldier, after becoming a Christian, remained in military service.” -The Rise of Christianity (London, 1947), E.W. Barnes, p. 333.

    Matthew 26:52 : “Jesus said to him: ‘return your sword to its place, for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword.'”

    2 Corinthians 10:3,4 : “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage warefare according to what we are in the flesh. For the weapons of our warefare are not fleshly, but powerful by God for overturning strongly entrenched things.” Paul here states here that ne never resorted to fleshly weapons, such as trickery, high sounding language, or carnal weapons, to protect the Christian congregation against false teachings.

  4. Is Rick Warren’s statement and Stephen Sizer’s statement about Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life book true: