The Great Christian Revolution 2E – The Necessity for the Law Today

Do the standards of God’s moral law vary from time to time or from place to place? Does the New Testament abrogate the moral precepts of the Old Testament and establish new principles for regulating man’s conduct? The answer to both of these questions is no. God’s moral law remains constant from creation to consummation (and forever after), and governs all men, even to the uttermost parts of the earth. How could it be otherwise? 1

The Christian person and the Christian community must come to terms with the fact, that God always intends His Word to be applied to all facets of life. This certainly begins with the individual and the church, but there is not one atom of creation and life, which God has not determined will be subject to His Word. There is no other Word; there is no other law (beginning with the Ten Commandments) that is of relevance to Him. If His Word is the only Word relevant to Him, than His people had better share the same sentiments, or face the consequences. “To forsake the law is to forsake the blessing and victory which the law confers upon all who are obedient.” 2

But forsaking the law is to do more than that; it is to suggest that God has no Word for this world, other than that which relates to conversion, and the individual’s life, and church life. It is to suggest that He has no idea or plan regarding ethics, morality and law, beyond the individual, or perhaps the church. Now a godly society is made up of godly individuals, but the believer and the Church must have a Word from God for the market-place, the stock-market, the Parliament.

Otherwise, the Christian implies that his God is not the sovereign Lord of all. He implies his God is a limited one; that the corporate, the national and international, is beyond His scope; more than He can cope with. God can perhaps cope with the hills and the valleys; but those plains- they are way to hard for Him! But that is not consistent with scripture, which declares “ ‘do I not fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord” (Jer.23:24).

There is (at least) one more evil that comes from forsaking the law: “those that forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them” (Prov.28:4). No Christian wants to finish up praising the wicked, but this is what will happen, and this is what the enemies of God love. Hitler said of the Protestants in Germany, “You can do anything you want with them…they will submit…they are insignificant little people, submissive as dogs, and they sweat with embarressment when you talk to them.” 3

What has happened to the church that it has essentially rejected God’s law? From the time of the early church, it has been influenced by the Greek philosophies of dualism and gnosticism. These religious/philosophical heresies taught that “the world was basically two separate substances or beings held together in dialectical tension. On the one hand there was spirit, light or goodness, or the good god, and on the other, matter, darkness, or evil, or the bad god.” 4

Gnosticism exalted the spiritual realm and despised the material, whereas, from the Biblical perspective, both of these spheres are alike fallen, and the answer to man’s problem is not spirituality nor materialism but redemption through Christ’s atonement.5

The Church has believed that dualism was somehow legitimate, so it has concentrated on so-called “spiritual activities:” matters of the “spirit and heart:” church services, prayer meetings, Bible study, and individual and family growth, but has largely avoided other vital activities in society, such as Education, Politics, Law and Economics. Religion thus has been relegated to the realm of the private, not public.

As a result, the church has tacitly agreed to the lie that “you can’t mix religion and politics.” It permits itself to be relegated to the margins of society, leaving much of societies’activities in the hands of the godless, with predictable results. Clearly, “dualism results in abdication of the state to Satan…viewing the state as belonging to the world breaks a check and balance on power.” 6 The Ten Commandments are generally considered to be a quaint but obsolete set of ideas, when in fact they are the only foundations for a just society.

Clearly, “the alternative to law is not grace; it is lawlessness.” 7 “To hold, as the churches do, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Calvinist, and all others virtually, that the law was good for Israel, but that Christians and the church are under grace and without law, or under some higher, newer law, is implicit polytheism.” 8

Christians today have to go through the same process that King Josiah did. (See II Kings 22:8-23:27) We have to discover from the scriptures, that we have been disobedient to God now for centuries, in not obeying his Law. As a result, we are liable for great wrath to come upon us and our nations, for our sins against the Lord. Nonetheless, we can petition Him that He will show mercy towards His people, that we will not be consumed (Lam.3:22 KJV).

The application of Biblical law provides us with “a godly libertarianism which severly limits the powers of human agencies. Biblical law seems oppressive only to those who want freedom to sin. God’s laws have as their purpose our good. In Deuteronomy 10:13, God orders us through Moses ‘to keep the commandments of the Lord, and His statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good.’…Through Jesus Christ, we are freed from the condemnation of the law, its death penalty, into power to live within the law, now written on the tablets of our hearts (Ezek.36:25-28; Jer.31:33-34)…Since it is for our good, God’s law is for us ‘the perfect law of liberty’ (James 1:25). 9

Christians do have a superior covenant to that which Moses served under. But that superiority implies both privileges and responsibilities. We are still dealing with the same, unchanging God, Who gave Moses the Ten Commandments, and is “a consuming fire” (Ex.19:18; Heb.12:29). The obedience entailed in our covenant is all the more mandatory, and disobedience would be all the more damning. Where are we to stand with His Law? Is there any alternative but to receive and wholeheartedly embrace it?

Conclusion:

From its opening section to the end, Deuteronomy lays down the law… On every page, it proclaims, "trust and obey, for there's no other way.” Protestants sing these words, but they do not believe them. They proclaim: "We're under grace, not law!" They are wrong. They are under humanist civil courts and humanist lawyers. They will remain in this condition of bondage until they discover an explicitly Biblical answer to this question: “If not Biblical law, then what?” 10

The law of God given to Moses, summarised in the Ten Commandments, was His gracious provision to a nation which had just emerged from the slavery of Egypt. It is the only true law of liberty mankind has ever had. Every other one has been a counterfeit. The Psalmist confessed as much when he wrote, “I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts” (Ps.119:45).

Christians must confront the fact that God requires them to impose His law for the state upon all men, whether men like it or not. The universe is not a democracy, but a Kingdom.  If Christians do not impose God’s laws upon non-Christians, then non-Christians will impose man’s laws upon Christians… The law of man bares its fangs of iron increasingly against the righteous. 11

In the closing sentences of the Old Testament, God did not suggest that the future would mean an abandonment of the Mosaic law. On the contrary, He commanded His people to “remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel” (Mal.4:4).

This same Mosaic law, with the changes specifically made through the inauguration of the New Testament, is to be the basis of any nation’s liberty. Christians must believe and proclaim this in every nation of the world, as a component of the gospel, so that “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil.2:11).

God's law is not some sort of natural law order that was part of the cosmos and therefore not distinguishable from the cosmos. It is not a system of impersonal law. It is the law of the God who is sovereign over history. 12

1. Einwechter, W., “A Conquering Faith,” 2002, p.17.
2. Rushdoony, R. J., “The Institutes of Biblical Law,” 1973, p.659.
3. Rauschning, “The Voice of Destruction,” p.54 , (quoted in Shirer, W., “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,”1968, p.329).
4. Rushdoony, ibid., p.550.
5. Rushdoony, R. J., “The Institutes of Biblical Law,” (Vol.III), 2009, p.155.
6. Sutton, R., in North, (Ed.) “Tactics of Resistance,” 1983, p.318.
7. Rushdoony, “Institutes,” Vol. I, p.20.
8. ibid, p.20.
9. Rushdoony, “Institutes” (Vol. III), p.1
10. North, G., “Inheritance and Dominion,” 1999, Introduction.
11. Jordan, J., “The Law of the Covenant,” 1984, p.29.
12. North, ibid., Ch. 1.

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