Salvation & the State

The modern state claims sovereignty, although our Constitution was written without ever using that word which the founders felt belonged to the Lord God of Hosts, but when the state claims sovereignty, it can tolerate no other savior.  Sovereignty is a total concept.  One who is lord must also be the savior or he is not a lord, and so because the modern state says emphatically, “We are sovereign,” the modern state therefore declares, “We are the saviors.  Bow down and worship us.”

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TopicsBiblical Law, Statism, Theology

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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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