Theonomy on the Hobart grapevine 2

legalism

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.

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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?

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By what standard

 by what standard

The underlying nature of every issue of faith and life is ethical. We are to love and glorify God with our whole being in everything. No part of our lives must be separated from loving Jesus (1 Cor 10:31, Matt 22:37-40, cf. Deut 6:5,10:12, Lev 19:18 etc). Every evangelical Christian affirms this. We are to love God and neighbour. This statement of purpose needs to be accompanied by an underlying blueprint. How do we get from a statement of purpose to the blueprint? By asking one fundamental question; “by what standard?” This cuts through the guff and hits the bone, quickly.

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Christian political voting

religion and politics

Many things will be said this election cycle. Even more things that ought to be said won’t be. Parties want your vote. Candidates promise you the world. Evil doers desire the silencing of the lambs. Christianity has slunk behind the drapes of personal religious piety. Pulpits squeak the political neutrality of Jesus. The campaign for your trust will be long, tiresome. By what standard should Christians assess candidates, politicians and their parties? It is an important question that needs prayer and careful consideration.

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Law and Gospel

chaos order

Martin Luther is a church hero. He stood up for conscience, for Scripture as the standard for all of faith and life, and he opposed those who sought to preach a Gospel other than of Christ alone through faith by grace alone. So, Luther is one of the men that I look up to and desire my children to know and imitate. In saying this, there is an area of Luther’s teaching that went too far. He rightly fought against the works righteousness theology of the Roman Catholic Church. Unfortunately one of his chosen weapons was faulty; he drove a rift between Law and Gospel, one that is not supported by Scripture. Luther asserted that “the right separation between Law and Gospel is very important to know. Christian doctrine is impossible without it. Let all who love and fear God, diligently learn the difference, not only in theory but also in practice." Luther alluded that his Law and Gospel distinction “was breaking with almost the entire Christian tradition.” So what exactly was this new Law-Gospel separation that Luther formulated? And what theological babies has it produced?

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