In the first part of this series, I introduced the idea that both common views of authority within marriage, egalitarianism and complementarianism, fail to meet the Biblical mark. Both views base their positions on ontology: i.e., the position of husband, the gender of male, or the radical ontological equality of all. I also defined these […]
After my last post on this topic, “Can ordained ministers hold civil office?”, some proponents of answering that question in the negative responded to me saying that I was wrong on some important points. In this post, I will address their criticisms. It was suggested to me that I had misrepresented Greg L. Bahnsen’s teaching […]
Some readers have asked whether God’s Law in Scripture forbids ordained ministers from holding civil office. Recent discussions as well as some unfortunately hasty reading of theonomic literature have led to some controversy over the matter. The short answer to the question is, “Yes,” an ordained minister can hold civil office. There is no Scriptural […]
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain (Ex. 20:4-6).
You’ve probably heard the question, “What’s in a name?” Remember that it comes from that famous dialogue between Romeo and Juliet? The maiden from the window above says,
The Third Commandment states: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). Although this commandment is typically understood to mean how we use the name of God in our speech, this is not primarily […]