Puritan Board Junior
Originally posted by JohnV
I was referring to the Five Pillar Reconstructionist theology. It has five basic positions that it deems necessary: Calvinistic Soteriology, Postmillennial Eschatology, Presuppositional Apologetic, Theonomic Ethic, and Dominion Theology.
That's Covenant Theology, not "dominion".
Anyway, not knowing the specific of the situation of which you speak, I cannot comment.
I think we can all agree that the Word of God is preemminent, and the "supreme judge" of all matters both doctrinal and practical. Salvation does not come by works of of the law, but but faith alone in Christ alone. That the law of God is good and holy, and commended for what it says to all human institutions. And that all human authority is bound to say and act in accordance with God's revealed will.
I find in the Westminster Standards a prescription for a theonomic approach to civil government. There we find references to things such as "the wholesome laws of each commonwealth", which presupposes a standard for judging "wholesomeness".
Perhaps we disagree on the interpretation and resulting application of some of the details of the law. (What exactly does "general equity" mean in the Confession?) All the theonomists that I have read have admitted as much, and that hard work needs to be done, not simply sweeping stuff under the rug by appealing to categories and pigeoning-holing of laws. Or by appealing to larger theories such as so-called redemptive-historical approach as a way of dismissing theonomists' concerns.
Discussions are good.
[Edited on 13-12-2004 by tcalbrecht]