Following are some excerpted paragraphs from one of our official publications:
"In situations where a person is simply accosted or when his money is demanded, a sound principle is: 'A slave of the Lord does not need to fight'.”—2 Timothy 2:24.
"This is not pacifism, a policy of nonresistance under any circumstance...
"At Exodus 22:2, 3, a situation is described in which a thief is fatally struck while entering someone’s home during the day. Such a defensive measure was considered tantamount to murder, since the thief could have been identified and brought to justice. But during the night, it would be difficult for the householder to see an intruder and ascertain his intentions. Therefore, the person killing an intruder in the dark was considered guiltless.
"Thus, the Bible does not uphold impetuous attempts at self-defense.
"In not supporting pacifism, however, the Bible indicates that there IS a time to defend oneself. Christians may ward off physically aggressive attacks against themselves, their families, or others in genuine need of defense. But they would not initiate an attack, nor would they physically retaliate to save their possessions. They would not carry weapons in anticipation of such an attack; rather, they endeavor to “live peaceably.”—2 Corinthians 13:11.
Compare that to the suggestion of George Napper, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., public-safety commissioner:
“Perhaps the best way to protect yourself is by risking your property rather than your life.
Most robbers and burglars are there to steal, not to kill.”
I personally agree wholeheartedly with this stand.
"Self-Defense—How Far Can a Christian Go?"
1991 7/8 AWAKE! magazine, pgs 12-13
subheading: "A Time to Fight?"