Theonomy

  • An Introduction to Theonomy and Reformed Confessions

    religion and politics

    Heresy is declared by an ecclesiastical court after due process and adequate trial. Individuals do not pronounce a position to be heretical, the church does. Critics of Theonomy make haste to build various strawmen, proceed to tar them well, grab the masses of churchmen by their emotions and then burn that baby real good. All those with forks and picks stand back, breath in the satisfaction of the toxic, charred remains of Theonomy and its so-called legalism.Only problem is that a strawman is exactly and only that. No matter how many of them you burn, the true position will keep moving forward. The self-gratification of feeling victory over a myth holds no gravitas. The truth wins. God’s Word prevails. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Is 40:8).

  • Covenant theology

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    It has been a strange and bizarre few weeks in the deep south of Tasmania. People have been hurt. Relationships torn and the right hand of fellowship withdrawn from some. At a time such as this, we must remember Christ and His covenant. This is an overview of covenant theology to encourage people in their time of need.

  • The Bounds of Love: An Introduction to God's Law of Liberty

    By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:2–3).

    Joel McDurmon’s The Bounds of Love is a new introduction to Theonomy, the view that Scripture, including the law of Moses, contains abiding principles for civil government. The book is written with exceptional clarity. It reviews the traditional case for theonomy developed by Rushdoony, Bahnsen, and North, and it adds some creative approaches to controversial questions. For example, McDurmon develops a new approach to the question of what laws carry over from the Mosaic covenant to the New, and which do not, and he presents an attractive and detailed portrait of what a theonomic society would look like in the twenty-first century. Though I do not endorse every statement and argument of the book, I pray that it will get a wide readership. It deals with biblical passages, themes, and principles of which the church today is almost entirely ignorant.

    —John M. Frame
    J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy
    Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

  • The war on drugs

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    The war on drugs has cost the western world. Australian civil governments have ploughed huge sums of money into policing, courts, rehabilitation programs, hospitals and other medical care, social security and a raft of other things. As always the bill is footed by Australian taxpayers via the theft of wealth redistribution. And we love it! We want more to be done by our civil governments. Why? Like the Jews in Moses' day, we love slavery. The food and drink are good.

  • Theonomy and the Hobart grapevine 3

    Angry Priest

    Heresy rolls off the tongue. It’s orgasmic to discernment bloggers. Those who step outside the fundamentalist unbiblical tunnel vision are instantly castrated. Unfortunately, a few Hobart Christian leaders have evidently bathed in those blogs, or should I say bogs. Elements of two-kingdoms (2K) and radical two-kingdoms (R2K) theology seem to undergird at least some of the thinking of these leaders. A number of these men strongly oppose Theonomy. Goo was well and truly spat over our recent conferences. Some do not understand the position; while others continue to misrepresent it. Elements of 2K and R2K theology obscures everything.

  • Theonomy and the Reformation

    Heroes of the Reformation

    The 16th century Reformation transformed the western world. [1] Many of our societal freedoms were won by men like Calvin, Luther, Zwingli, Knox, Bucer and the like. These men were used by God to impact the world and topple tyrannies. This was accomplished through a return to faithful teaching and preaching of the Bible. The Reformers thundered the Word. They were bold men and often spoke hard words. These men taught that the Word of God applied to all of faith and life. The Bible once again became man’s ultimate standard. Sola Scriptura pulled the rug from under the feet of ecclesiastical and political tyranny.

  • Theonomy on the Hobart grapevine

    angry protestant leader

    “Oh I heard it through the grapevine. Oh I'm just about to lose my mind.” Classic Marvin Gaye. Often Christians hear and discern "truth" via the Marvin hermeneutic. It is not a good thing. Gaye style gossip is sinful (Exodus 23:1, Psalm 34:13, Proverbs 20:19, Romans 1:29, Titus 3:2, James 1:26,4:11, etc). We are warned; “the first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). Should the grapevine be your source of truth?

  • Theonomy on the Hobart grapevine 2

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    Theonomy has been a little buzz word in some Hobart circles over the last few weeks. You can read my first article on the topic here. Let's recap, the theonomic soundbite:

    “The word ‘Theonomy’ comes from two Greek words, theos (God) and nomos (law). Together, these words simply mean ‘God’s law’…Theonomy is the biblical teaching that Mosaic law contains perpetual moral standards for living, including some civil laws, which remain obligatory for today” (Joel McDurmon - The Bounds of Love, pp. 12 & 24).

    I am continuing to briefly discuss concerns that I am aware of. Conversation is good. This certainly isn’t exhaustive nor is it the last word. If you have specific concerns/questions please contact me.

  • Unconditional Surrender: God's Program for Victory

    Everyone knows Christianity is a religion, but what difference does it make in a society? Is Christianity just a religion for private time, or is it a way of life that shapes ones understanding of the world even able to transform a nation?

    Does the Bible teach anything specific about how to raise a family, run a country, or manage an economy? Moreover, if the Bible does have something to say, do we have to observe those commands, or are they mere suggestions or general principles?

    Despite widespread ignorance of the Bibles teachings both inside and outside of the church the Bible has plenty to say about social, civil, and political affairs. And when men and women apply these teachings to their lives and the world around them, the world will change for the better.

    A primer in the Christian faith, Unconditional Surrender provides readers curious about the Bible with the blueprint of a biblical worldview. Using the Bibles basic teachings about God, man, law, judgment, and time and illustrating how these beliefs affect society at large Gary North wades in at the heart of the battle in todays culture war, and shows that the Bible has the answers modern science and socialism lack.

    About the Author

    Gary North (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) is the author of over 40 books on economics, theology, history, and education. His articles have appeared in National Review, American Spectator, The Wall Street Journal, and The Westminster Theological Journal. Gary continues to speak and write prolifically. He resides in Dallas, Georgia, with his wife and two dogs. Original Edition Copyrighted: 1994 Revised, Updated, Expanded and Reprinted: 2010

    You can read this book for free at this link.

  • What is theonomy

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    The theonomic position as outlined by Dr Greg Bahnsen.

    Dr. Van Til taught us that "There is no alternative but that of theonomy and autonomy" (Christian-Theistic Ethics, p. 134). Every ethical decision assumes some final authority or standard, and that will either be self-law ("autonomy") or God's law ("theonomy"). While unbelievers consider themselves the ultimate authority in determining moral right or wrong, believers acknowledge that God alone has that position and prerogative.

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