Theology matters. What is taught in the seminaries is usually preached in the churches a few years later. Could it be that what is taught in the churches is destroying the nation? Are there seminaries that are to blame for the separation of faith from lifeâ€”and the failure of Christians to influence the culture?
Sadly, a large segment of the church is taken by a two-kingdom pietism and an aversion to the application of God's law to all areas of life. This two-kingdom ideology affects many if not most Lutherans, Catholics, Evangelicals, and other mainline denominations. These â€śtwo-kingdomâ€ť folks take a different view of the Christian faith, the relationship of faith to life, and the interaction of the individual with his institutions and covenant units.
Author and seminary teacher John Frame has written a book titled "The Escondido Theology." Dr. Frame discusses these attempts to revive two-kingdom thinking in the present generation among evangelicals, reformed seminaries, and churches. Visit Kevin Swanson's blog for more background on this important topic.
Great Sermon! While I think there are some good points made here, the problem I find is that there's the other side of the two-kingdom mindset, which tends to be more of a theocratic direction. When Jesus showed the denarius to the Pharisees, it was to draw a clear distinction between the earthly kingdom and the heavenly one.
Kevin Swanson has served as elder and pastor of Reformation Church, OPC since its inception. Kevin was raised on the mission field in Japan in the 1960's and 1970's. Together with his wife Brenda, they are bringing up five children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord....