Diamonds worth millions of dollars can change hands based on trust. There are no contracts, lawyers, or signatures. All deals take place verbally. A person’s word is his bond. This trust is sealed with a handshake and the following words – “Good Luck and Blessing,” spoken in Hebrew. Trust is a form of self-government. There […]
Pastor John MacArthur sat down for an interview with Ben Shapiro. I was glad to see this happen. MacArthur did a good job in presenting the gospel clearly and without compromise. Unfortunately, Shapiro, who is Jewish and very smart, failed to pick up on a big mistake made by MacArthur. (There were other mistakes, too. […]
Animals appear in Scripture as symbols in crucial theological areas: God, man, sacrifices, case laws, nations, tyrannies, food laws, prophecies, and more . . . all for important reasons to which we really need to pay attention. Your freedom depends on it. Commentary on Genesis 1:20-25. Podcast version here.
We have seen that man was created in the image of God, to think God’s his thoughts after him and to work God’s works after him. We must now acknowledge that man did not stay this way very long. When presented with a test and an option, mankind chose rebellion and sin. In terms of […]
Westminster West professor R. Scott Clark has posted a curious piece on his Heidelblog taking a characteristic swipe at Theonomy, but I have to say this one is rather rich: From 1980, when I first came into contact with Reformed theology, I also came into contact with theonomists. As a naïve evangelical I took Romans […]
Theocracy: Greek theokratia; theos “God” + kratos “rule” = “the rule of God.” In every nation there are different types of government such as republics, democracies, dictatorships, monarchies, etc. The structure of the government is based upon who is ultimately in control of that government. The structure of the government depends upon whom the laws […]
It is not enough to have “conservative” rulers who merely follow after the traditions of men. Christians should be working for Christian leaders whose lives are conformed to the image of Jesus Christ and who seek to make the Word of God the law of the land. Moreover, Christians must preach the whole counsel of […]
Michael Brown has rightly criticized the threadbare retort, “We’re electing a president not a pastor!” This phrase is used predictably to marginalize Christians who demand a certain level of Christ purity in political candidates for office. When some have, for example, objected to voting for a Mormon, a Roman Catholic, or a general Statist, the […]
Introducing: a book of openly theonomic sermons from the American founding era. Let me be frank up-front: every Christian needs to read these sermons. Every Christian should read this book—especially every pastor, preacher, elder, statesman, teacher, every Christian working in the legal professions, and every law student. Whether as a stand-alone volume, or as a companion […]
I am pleased to announced that I have reached formal agreement for a debate on the subject of theonomy with Jordan Hall of PulpitandPen.org and Reformation Montana. The debate is scheduled to be the highlight of a joint two-day conference with Apologia Radio and American Vision to be held Thursday and Friday, February 19–20, 2015, at Arizona […]
I begin with an insight offered by Professor Carroll Quigley (1910—1977), who taught history to Bill Clinton at Georgetown University. He had such a profound impact on Clinton that Clinton referred to him in his 1992 nomination acceptance speech. Quigley is famous among conservatives for his book, Tragedy and Hope (1966), in which he devoted 20 pages to the connections between Wall Street banking […]
Now we arrive at 1 Samuel 8: Israel’s rejection of God as king and the appeal for a civil ruler—really a warlord—like the pagan nations around them. This chapter is what those of you who want some openly political application have been anticipating. I will divide this chapter into two sermons: the first covering verses […]
Liberals will use the Bible with their politics when they believe it defends a position that supports their agenda. You’ll even find liberals using the Bible to support homosexual marriage by quoting familiar passages like Matthew 7:1–2 and Mark 12:31 but ignoring Matthew 19:1–12 and other anti-homosexual passages (Rom. 1:18–32; 1 Cor. 6;9–11; 1 Tim. […]
“I was talking with a friend from church about theonomy1 this past weekend. . . . He took me to the Wikipedia page for Gary North and asked about one of the quotes: ‘In winning a nation to the gospel, the sword as well as the pen must be used.’ (Christian Reconstructionism, p. 198.)2 “Do […]
The mark of political sovereignty is legal immunity from failure. For example, the government of the United States cannot be sued without its consent. It is above the law. It must consent to expose itself to the possibility of failure in a court. In school, we are taught about an ancient idea that is long […]
Classical liberals hold to the idea that civil government should be based on secular absolutes. The thing is, secularists can’t agree on what the absolutes are! Gary DeMar gives perspective for why secularism simply cannot be the basis for morality without taking principles from religious ethics.
What is government? When this question is asked, most people respond by equating government solely to a centralized civil State. Even our language reflects the confusion: “Government? It’s in Washington,” or “The government will take care of its citizens through its many programs.” Both of these statements reflect a misunderstanding of the true nature of government. They portray the idea that the only governing institution is a political one. Historically, however, the term “government” was always qualified in some way, unlike our present-day definitions.