For many it is argued, “We are not under law but under grace!” (Rom 6:14). Likewise, Paul declares, “I died to the law so that I might live for God” (Gal 2:19; also Rom 7:6; 1 Cor 9:20). Therefore, the Old Testament law has been abolished, they claim, including the laws concerning homosexuality. And yet, Paul affirms that “the law is holy, and the commandment holy, righteous … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores Theonomy (theo – God, nomos – law, meaning God’s law).
Theonomy not only demonstrates the harmony of Old Testament and New Testament – of Law and Gospel – but it validates the ethical force of the Old Testament law in all its specifics as a divinely revealed objective standard for the sanctification (ethical holiness) of the believer and for social justice.
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Theonomy (theo – God, nomos – law, meaning God’s law). Historically the Christian movement has been beset by two significant heresies: Marcionism and Antinomianism. Around AD 144 Marcion dualistically represented the God of the Old Testament as a vengeful tyrant, while the superior God of the New Testament was one of love and forgiveness—and never shall the two meet. This … [Read more...]
A New Economics In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, with economic instability on the one hand and environmental impoverishment on the other, ‘economics’ has moved to the centre of public concern, calling its present outlook into question. This outlook is exemplified in the film Wall Street, flaunting the unabashed stance that ethics are unnecessary for economic … [Read more...]
Introduction Throughout the history of the Christian movement the approach to Tithing (i.e. a 'tenth' of one’s increase; see Deut 14:22) has been far from unanimous, demonstrating many diverse views (see below). To find clarity on this contended and sensitive issue we must go back to some foundational theological and interpretative principles to discover, with some measure of … [Read more...]
Preamble In view of the current shifts, particularly in the English speaking Western nations, in regard to same-sex marriage we have felt a constraint to release a paper that might resource Christians in "thinking the thoughts of God after him". Be warned though, it is a necessarily comprehensive response – and some – to the main arguments of the pro-homosexual apology. With … [Read more...]