Martin Luther often used the language of righteousness "before God" and "before men". It's part of his version of the law-gospel distinction. I assume that's what they're referring to.Thanks, both of you. So if I'm understanding correctly, there's two places where the chart is misleading:
Do I have that right? Any other necessary clarifications?
- The chart says the classical view sees the two kingdoms as "vertical (invisible)" and "horizontal (visible)," while the radical view sees the two kingdoms as church and state. You say that both views actually agree that the two kingdoms are church and state. I'm a bit confused on what the chart would mean about vertical vs. horizontal to begin with.
- The chart says (echoing what r2k proponents say about themselves) that the r2k view is that the state is governed by natural law, but r2k proponents implicitly deny this when they deny the use of the first table of the law in secular governance.