We as redeemed people are priests in Christ, and we are called to dedicate ourselves, our families, our vocations, the totality of our beings and our possessions to God. We are called to sanctify them by God’s law word, to bring all things unto the righteousness or justice of God; and this calling continues in eternity. Because when we have the vision of the throne, now instead of the seraphim and the cherubim we see, with the curse removed, His covenant people stand before Him.
- 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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