As we reflect on the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation - which helped recover the importance of revealed law for both the church and culture - the church in our time needs to return to a robust gospel vision that embraces the law of God as Christ and the apostles themselves embraced and applied it.
In a truly scriptural theology of mission, the church as God's kingdom people must not only be concerned with personal salvation, or institutional church affairs, but with the reign of Christ over all things. God's people re-present the exalted Christ to the entire creation order.
John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), has written about the resignation of Tim Farron as leader of the Liberal Democrats, arguing that Christians should "advocate for a truly plural society" and be "willing to permit sexual freedom to others." Joe Boot critiques this pluralistic vision, arguing that Stevens hasn't differentiated between a crime and a sin. We should apply the Bible to all areas, not capitulate to pluralism.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published for a UK-based audience, but the implications are universally applicable and highly constructive for Christians everywhere.
Christianity advocates a structural pluralism which maintains the creational distinctions between spheres of life, but it does not advocate a directional pluralism; in fact, what it presupposes is a clear directional principle toward honoring the Lordship of Christ and God's sovereignty over creation.
For most of Western history, the law of God has occupied a critical and central place in the life of the family, church, and society. It has been recognized by many as God's charter for sanctification, justice, liberty and life.
Canadian Christians cannot accommodate the government's new speech codes recently made law; we must confront these man-made delusions with the truth and beauty of Jesus and humble ourselves under His righteous rule.
Since the beginning, man was called to cultivate God's creation into a godly civilization, this involved work, and only work done in obedience to God can bring blessing, while work done in rebellion reaps futility and frustration.
In a time of increasing hostility towards the truth, we are not to take flight but fight in prayer for the courage we need to speak the truth with boldness.
The power of God on display in the resurrection is a word of grace and life for the disciples and for us.
Several Greeks witnessed Jesus' triumphal entry and desired to see Him. This event leading up to the Lord's crucifixion parallels the Eastern magi coming to the manger at His birth, fulfilling Jesus' words that many will come to Him from the East and the West.