In the course of a public debate in September 2003 over common grace and culture, Dr. Richard J. Mouw charged that members of the Protestant Reformed Churches are not as active in society as Christians should be. Mouw‚Äôs charge, although milder in tone, was essentially the charge that the Reformed community has been making against members of the Protestant Reformed Churches since their beginning in 1924. Because the Protestant Reformed Churches deny a common grace of God as taught by the Dutch Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper, the members of these churches are unable to live a full, active earthly life in every sphere of creation. Members of the Protestant Reformed Churches are accused of world-flight.
The Ministers of the Protestant Reformed Churches and Christian schoolteachers have always taught the truth of a distinctively Reformed worldview and the reality of a genuinely Christian culture, even when they were ignorant of the words. Only the statement has been lacking.
This lack has been harmful. This work is an answer to the charge of Dr. Mouw, but also to the harsher form of the charge of, ‚ÄúAnabaptists! World flight!‚ÄĚ made by many in the past and still made by some today. It is also at least a first effort as the positive confession, explanation and defense of a Reformed worldview that owes nothing to common grace.
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