Vim Vi Repellere Licet
“It is permitted to meet force with force.”
This was a legal precedent in ancient Rome.
The motto comes from an old Roman legal precedent. The phrase means that self-defense is justified, and that reacting immediately to an offense is not the same as waiting and premeditating a response.
Martin Luther spoke regarding the principle in his “Sermon on Usury” in 1520. Luther opposed the belief that the use of force or violence could be justified. He noted that while the law allowed for the use of force to resist force, it also allowed brothels. And while Man’s laws may allow it, God’s laws did not.