The Source of Love

Love and law in the Bible go together, and this is what John is saying here very clearly. If you despise the Law of God there will be no love in you. How can you say “I love my neighbor” or “I love my fellow being” in the Biblical sense if you do not keep God’s commandments? Love in the Christian life has very practical consequences. It means that we show towards everyone a patience, a kindliness, a readiness to help, to help even where they are undeserving because we were undeserving when God loved us and gave His only begotten Son to die for us.

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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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