The Alternatives

All men, Paul says, are without exception bond servants; either to sin or to justice. Paul is emphatic on this point. Men are not Gods, they are not autonomous, they are not free to establish the conditions of the universe. They enter into a world which is already given, they live in terms of two alternatives, either as bondservants of sin, or the bondservants of righteousness or justice. They serve something because they are creatures: as our Lord said, “No man can serve two masters.” So men will either serve sin, lawlessness, or they will serve justice.

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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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