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Law & Society: Institutes of Biblical Law Vol. 2

Law & Society: Institutes of Biblical Law Vol. 2

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The purpose of Law and Society, this second of three volumes of The Institutes of Biblical Law, is to show how God’s law applies to every aspect of our lives and world. There are in God’s word specified consequences, curses and blessings, for disobedience and obedience. We cannot understand history apart from that fact.

Moreover, as we look at our world, we need to be encouraged. Its disasters manifest the judgments of God. They make clear that now as always “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). If we are unhappy about the disasters and collapses of our time, we may be saying that we regret the failure of sin to prosper, and that we dislike the justice of God in its operations.

There is more to godliness and to righteousness (or justice) than the mere condemnation of sin. The idea of condemnation as righteousness smacks of pharisaism. Churchmen today are often ready to condemn sin, but where is that righteousness that comes from obedience to God’s word? Where is the readiness to teach all nations and to bring all things into captivity to Jesus Christ? (Matt. 28:18-20, 2 Cor. 10:4-6).

The purpose of this second volume is to point men to God and His word for the government of their lives and our world. To serve and magnify God is the greatest of privileges and callings, as is the reconstruction of all things in terms of the word of God. This, after all, is the purpose of life, to be conformed to God.
The purpose of Law and Society, this second of three volumes of The Institutes of Biblical Law, is to show how God’s law applies to every aspect of our lives and world. There are in God’s word specified consequences, curses and blessings, for disobedience and obedience. We cannot understand history apart from that fact.

Moreover, as we look at our world, we need to be encouraged. Its disasters manifest the judgments of God. They make clear that now as always “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). If we are unhappy about the disasters and collapses of our time, we may be saying that we regret the failure of sin to prosper, and that we dislike the justice of God in its operations.

There is more to godliness and to righteousness (or justice) than the mere condemnation of sin. The idea of condemnation as righteousness smacks of pharisaism. Churchmen today are often ready to condemn sin, but where is that righteousness that comes from obedience to God’s word? Where is the readiness to teach all nations and to bring all things into captivity to Jesus Christ? (Matt. 28:18-20, 2 Cor. 10:4-6).

The purpose of this second volume is to point men to God and His word for the government of their lives and our world. To serve and magnify God is the greatest of privileges and callings, as is the reconstruction of all things in terms of the word of God. This, after all, is the purpose of life, to be conformed to God.

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Published by: Chalcedon Foundation on Sep 03, 2013
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Volume Two
The
Institutes
of
Biblical Law
 Law and Society
With a special supplement by Herbert W. Titus, Professor of Law
 Rousas John Rushdoony
Ross House Books Vallecito, California 95251
 
Copyright 1982, 2010 Mark R. Rushdoony Ross House Books PO Box 158 Vallecito, CA 95251 first printing 1982 second printing 1986 third printing 2001 fourth printing 2010 All rights reserved.  No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means
 — 
 electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise
 — 
 except for brief quotations for the  purpose of review or comment, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2001089588 ISBN: 1-879998-23-8
 
 Printed in the United States of America

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