Pennelope, I come from a Reformed Presbyterian background and have studied the Scottish Covenanters who were persecuted for their faith. My understanding of the separation of Church and State comes from reading men like Samuel Rutherford and George Gillespie. I'm also a student of Protestant history and appreciate Luther, Zwingli and Calvin. I'm not Baptist nor do I know much about the Anabaptists except what I've read in general reformation history. I think you and I have disagreed on matters in the past and really should know better than to engage you in conversation. I'll make a note to not do this again. Praying you'll have a blessed Lord's Day.
Hi Pennned, Theonomy is prevalent in reformed circles and the definition has become so broad by its adherents that almost everyone is a theonomist! But SteveR has summed it up very well. It isn't traditional Reformed thought and that's why I eventually rejected it. I'm not certain what you mean by church and state being ideally one. Both church and state are under Christ, but they are separate governmental spheres is traditional reformed understanding.
Sorry, pennelope, but you and I must be looking at Phil Johnson's article differently because I didn't get that impression about him at all. I'm a former theonomist who had a change of heart after studying the actual works of the Reformers and Protestant history. I would go to Phil Johnson for help if I were being persecuted because I think he is genuine and would lay down his life for a fellow believer. Can we please keep in mind that violating the Ninth Commandment is serious business and God hates those who murder people's reputations?
Praise the LORD! It is so encouraging to see Christians take direct action to abolish prenatal child-killing. My prayers are with them. Also, thank you, Jim Lincoln, for the quote and link to the article by Phil Johnson. I've been on a similar journey in my Christian life and look forward to reading it in its entirety. May the good Lord bless you.
Yes, people will see what they want to see and many are willing to see good in a Trump candidacy. But is Donald Trump a moral man with integrity? (3 wives, a fortune linked to casinos, etc) Perhaps if we look at him through the eyes of Scripture we'll see more clearly. Men's opinions change like the seasons, but the Word of our God is steadfast and eternal.
After reading this I think I'd prefer Ted Cruz more if he were a "dominionist." He at least needs to brush up on Christian history and perhaps subscribe to a confession or something. It's his 1 inch deep and mile wide theology that concerns me.
A previous comment was made that (more or less) what's the big deal with getting upset over a pastor turning his pulpit over to a politician? American churches have guest speakers all the time. Well, perhaps this lack of respect for their position and the Word of God is why the American church is in decline. Did you ever wonder why it appears the good Lord is removing the light from the lampstand? I submit that those who aren't upset are part of the problem.
I haven't read all the comments, so please bear with me if this has already been said, but the fact that a pastor with "Sola Scriptura" prominently displayed would turn his pulpit over to a politician grieves my heart. Pastors, when I go to Church, I want to hear you preach from the Word of God. I don't want to hear a politician give a stump speech. What you have to say is much more important than Ted Cruz or any of the others. May the good Lord help us to stay true to His Word. Sola Scriptura!
I haven't read all of Jim Lincoln's comments, but he is right that the CR movement doesn't represent all Christians. So, while he and I might not agree on every point, we do have a right to express our opinion here at SA. It looks to me like he's sharing some good information here.
Theonomy isn't a church movement, but it is common in reformed circles. I spent at least a decade fighting the culture, so to speak, that I erred by getting my eyes off of Heaven. So, right now I'm just trying to stay in the Word and aware of what's happening in the culture, while knowing who is in control (and it isn't Satan.)
Allie is right: I haven't read Knox's Monstrous Regiment of Women, but I have read where Calvin thought Knox went too far in his denouncing female leaders and he used Queen Elizabeth as an example of a good leader. I also think some of the regular posters here at SA are contentious and aren't setting a good example for others. So, while I've got 900+ characters left, let me also say that I've changed down through the years and probably wouldn't be as enthusiastic in commenting on the sermon from Pastor Trewhella as I've been quoted from in 2011. FYI - I was part of the theonomy movement for a decade and left it a couple of years ago as my understanding of Scripture increased.
sf from tx wrote: Angela wrote: "please continue to follow your Pastors advice as the good Lord has placed you under his care" On the contrary, 1 Corinthians 14:35 "and if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for women to speak in the church" She is not under her pastors care but her husbands care. She is to ask her husband questions not the pastor. The pastor deals with the men and the men with their own families. Before God each men stands or falls for his obedient to the Lord in leading his family. This is of course assuming her husband is a believer. If not then she should ask the pastors wife for advice and the pastors wife could speak to her own husband about the matter. In the end, it doesn't matter what a pastor tells a woman. She is under her husbands headship and is to be obedient to her own husband. See Titus 2:5 Of course, this is not an excuse to go against what the Lord says. Sin
Hi SF! I don't comment here often, so I don't really know the circumstances of others who do - I was assuming Allie is single. Anyway, her pastor is charged with caring for her soul, so she should take his advice unless it is contrary to Scripture.
Hi Allie! If you are a single woman, then of course you can work outside the home, etc. I think the main concern I and others have is there are so many unmarried young women who traded matrimony for a career or who placed in dangerous situations, such as this article speaks of. I've worked outside the home as a Real Estate agent, which did not violate my conscience as I was submitting to my husband's request to work and I was an independent contractor with no authority over men. Please continue to follow your pastor's advice as the good Lord has placed you under his care.