The Church in Rome

Paul had not yet been in Rome, at least since his conversion; it is possible that prior to his conversion he had been in Rome. But the community in Rome had many of his converts. Paul in these verses sends greetings to very dear friends; their number alone makes up a sizeable congregation. Some churches had meetings in their homes, some of these men had turned their homes into churches. We see references to this in verses 5, 10, 11, 14, and 15. So there were possibly five congregations, all apparently a product of Paul’s ministry.

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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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