No Annulment

This passage is of central importance. For us with a man centered perspective, the argument has primarily to do with us and our salvation; but we are wrong when we read Galatians that way. For Paul the whole issue is God centered versus man centered faith. In verse 16 Paul stresses this plainly. The promises of God he says, are not primarily to Israel, or by implication to the church, but to Jesus Christ. They are made to Abraham and his seed, which is not plural. It does not refer to either Jews or to Gentiles, but to Jesus Christ. The promises made are to Christ, and are ours only if we are in Christ. By virtue of God’s grace and the manifestation is present in our faith, as verse 22 makes clear.

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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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