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How are we to actually live? - Part 3 Saved to Serve PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 05 March 2011 09:51

The Bible is very clear that election was not simply to personal salvation.  Election is to a life of  service to God (Jer.4:5, Isa 41:9,42:1, 43:10,44:1-2, etc)   But this truth is not part of the Gospel we have been preaching.  We say "Come forward, make your decision to accept Christ as your Savior and your sins will be forgiven, you will be saved."  Or people may be told, "You have messed up your life, your marrige is on the rocks, you are hopelessly addicted to drugs or to pornography, you are out of work, you are in trouble with the law, you are depressed or feel life is not worth living or you have a terminal disease-  whatever your problem is, begin a relationship with Jesus as your Friend and Savior and He will give you a new life, hope, purpose, meaning.  He will help you, heal you and deliver you from all your troubles. People to both "invitations" and make some kind of decision.

People are not told the real reason why they are lost sinners in the first place.  They are lost sinners because they are not living for the Lord, they are self-centerd and living for themselves.  That is what they are to repent about.  That is what they are to have a change of mind about.  And that applies to everyone, rich or poor, without regard to class, culture or color.

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How are we to actually live? - Part 4 What the Law of God teaches PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 05 March 2011 09:48

What commands are we to obey? The answer is found in the first five books of the Bible, the Torah, the Law of God summarized in the 10 Commandments.  We love to recite Psalm 1 or 19 or 119 about how wonderful the Law of God is but what is that Law?  Few Evangelicals interpret the word "Law"  in these Psalms to mean the Law of Moses.  Rather most Evangelicals take those Psalms to be about the whole Scripture.  Some will narrow the "Law" down to the ethical or moral teaching of the New Testament or to the teaching of Jesus, especially the Sermon on the Mount.  Finally, the Law of God simply becomes the Law to love God and Neighbor.  And what does it mean to "love neighbor"?  For many Christians, like most every one else, such "love" is defined by the cultural values of our time such as openeness, acceptance, respect and toleration of all peoples and how they live.  Or "love" may be defined simply as respecting the constitutional or civil Rights of all people. No, No!  None of these defintions is what is meant in Psalms 1, 19 and 119.  We must define the Law of God the way the Bible itself does- as the Torah!

 

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Theonomy- Living by the Law of God PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:20

This is my response to current renewed interest in the Two Kingdom Theory and, in particular, my response to an Essay by Dr Mike Horton

horton-on-the-two-kingdoms-now-complete.html

 

I advocate Theonomy and reject the Two Kingdom Theory (2KT), but please read carefully. Theonomy is not Theocracy and, as I define it, Theonomy is not the same as "Christian Reconstruction".  We must be clear about this.  Theonomy literally means the Law of God.  Theonomy is the belief that Christians should submit to the Law of God and seek to live their lives according to it.  (This is known in Reformed circles as the “Third” use of the Law”.  In no way does it contradict the Gospel of Grace and Salvation by Faith and Grace alone.)

However, it is a serious mistake to limit or confine the Law to the Decalogue or to the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy which elaborate and apply the Decalogue in the life of Israel. I define the Law of God as the first 5 Books of the Bible, the entire Pentateuch, otherwise known as the Torah. This means the Law begins with Genesis.  Beginning with Genesis makes a very big difference when discussing what is in the Law.

Furthermore, I do not agree with the traditional 3-fold division of the Mosaic Law in Exodus to Deuteronomy into Ceremonial, Civil and Moral.  All 3 elements are found in the Mosaic Law, but they are often intermingled and  connected with each other.  I find that the process of dividing them 3 ways is very arbitrary and impractical.  I also find that this historically has led to the common, but exceedingly simplistic and erroneous, reduction of the entire Law to only 6 of the 10 Commandments and considering them to be only rules for personal morality.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 11:21
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The Sabbath- is it for Christians today? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 14:58
Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested  from all his work. 3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested

When God finished his work of creating: he rested.  Why? He was not tired [SHABATH simply means "ceased"].  God ceased from His work of creating that He might enjoy what He accomplished- it was “very good”   The only other possible answer is that there was nothing else for God to do, but that is not the case.  (John 5:17)

A Day for ceasing work and enjoying Creation is sanctified by God.  Sanctified means “set apart, dedicated totally for His use”: it is “the Lord’s Day”  The day is blessed by God.   A blessing is God’s promise of productivity & well-being.  God promises productivity and well-being for those who cease their work for a day in order to celebrate and enjoy what God has done , i.e.- to observe the Sabbath  (See 1:22,28).

There is no command here for all people to follow God’s example, but that comes later in the Decalogue-[below]

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2009 15:16
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Biblical Law and Christians PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 04 August 2008 15:57

Christians live under the Law of Christ - We are commanded-  …fulfill the law of Christ.  -Gal 6:2

John 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ^35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

James 2:8 If you really keep *the royal law* found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right.
 
The Christian [who has been justified by grace apart from Law] lives daily life under the Law of Christ:  the Law of Love.  The Christian is to be grounded in that Law.  But what is the Law of Christ, the Law of Love?

What specifically, practically, is included in loving your neighbor? The context of v.8 is about discrimination against the poor and in favor of the rich.

James 2:1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

To love your poor neighbor, specifically includes not discriminating against him.

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