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“Yea, Hath God Said?”

Obedience is a total fact; the same is true of faith. Either we are faithful or we are not.

R. J. Rushdoony
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Certain religious people are the church’s biggest problem. They can be devout and very faithful, but only up to a point. They are in the church for what they want, not for what God says they need. They go to the Bible, sometimes daily, for personal needs, but not to hear and serve God. They are humanists, and they are themselves the focus of their lives.

We are not told in Genesis 3:1–6 that Eve disbelieved everything God has ever said, only that she rejected God’s word at one critical point. When the tempter raised the question, “Yea, hath God said?” Eve was ready to believe that her personal desires or needs could set aside God’s law at one point and all would be well. As our Lord’s brother, James, says: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10).

Obedience is a total fact; the same is true of faith. Either we are faithful or we are not. Adultery is adultery, whether committed once or a hundred times. God does not measure sin by the gross but by the fact that all sin is rebellion against Him. The heart of all sin is to say, “My will be done”—not God’s.

Taken from A Word In Season: Daily Messages on the Faith for All of Life, Volume 7, p. 103

R. J. Rushdoony
  • R. J. Rushdoony

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965. His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.” He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

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