Phariseeism was an anthropomorphic religion, even though it was very dramatically superior to the pagans, but it was still anthropomorphic religion. In the world of man, payment is a necessity. We are human beings, we move in terms of reward and punishment. But God does not; God does not have to be rewarded, God does not have to be paid off. But Phariseeism, anthropomorphically, projected this kind of world onto God. ‘You do something for God, and God pays you off.’ This was the works religion, salvation by law, which Phariseeism developed.
- 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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