“ For all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword ” – Saint Matthew’s in chapter 26, verse 52 record is here the fullest. The words which Saint Matthew gives are obviously not a general rule declaring the unlawfulness of all warfare, offensive or defensive, but are limited in their range by the occasion. Resistance at that time would have involved certain destruction. More than that, it would have been fighting not for God, but against Him, because against the fulfillment of His purpose. It is however, a natural interference from the words to see in them a warning applicable to all analogues occasions. In whatever other cause if way be lawful to use carnal weapon, it is not wise or right to draw the sword for Christ and His truth.
2 Corinthians 10: 4 ” ( for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds ) “
Namely, the word of God and prayer, attended with the influence of the Divine Spirit, in his various gifts and graces, giving efficacy to their preaching in public, their converse in private and their holy, exemplary, and beneficent lives. The means they used to enlighten reform, regenerate and save the world, were effectual because the Lord wrought with them, and confirmed their word with signs following – Mark 16: 20
Ignorance, prejudice, unbelief, fleshly lusts, worldly affections, desires of wealth, honor, pleasure, errors and vices of all sorts, and whatever was opposed by the wit, or wisdom, or power, or malice, or cruelty of men or evils, against the progress of the Gospel in the world, and influence of Divine grace in the souls of men.