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Work versus Theft

Paul makes it clear that the opposite of theft is work, but work is not merely for our own goals, it is to be done to the glory of God in terms of the creation mandate, but it is also as the verse in Ephesians makes clear, “let him that stole, steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give unto the needy.”

R. J. Rushdoony
  • R. J. Rushdoony
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 Paul makes it clear that the opposite of theft is work, but work is not merely for our own goals, it is to be done to the glory of God in terms of the creation mandate, but it is also as the verse in Ephesians makes clear, “let him that stole, steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give unto the needy.”


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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