Angela Wittman wrote: What has gone astray is the topic of this conversation. FYI - Traditional Reformed Presbyterian teaching is that there is a separation of church and state. But both are under the headship or authority of Christ and should seek to do His will as revealed in Scripture. John from the UK is very good at derailing the discussion; I suppose he has had much practice. As for me, perhaps I'll listen to another sermon.
The 'mere Christianity' around here militates against any adult attempt to develop a systematic theology, in other words a world view. Mere Christianity is the vortex into which all thinking and love will disappear. A hollow and crass biblicism is all that can remain.