We have to say that the state, when it is not Christian, is going to be demonic. It is going to be anti-Christian. It is going to work to further the essence of sin, man’s desire to be his own god, and so, whereas in God, in Christ, the state fulfills righteousness or justice, outside of Christ, the state is Satan’s instrument for his plan. We should be as god, every man his own god, knowing, determining for yourself what constitutes good and evil. This is why we cannot be indifferent to the theology of the state. We have to see the necessity for requiring that the state, like the church, and like the individual, like the school, and like all things else recognize Jesus Christ as Lord.
- 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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