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Theonomy and Regeneration August 1, 2008

Posted by heldveld in Blog Spotting, Law/Gospel, Theonomy.

An informative post by Daniel Ritchie on the role of regeneration in theonomy.


While I do believe that all governments (and all humans for that matter) are obligated to obey God’s laws, we cannot really expect that to happen in a fallen world. However, with the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit we expect people to fall under the Lordship of Christ. After all what is the point of obeying God’s law in letter if the heart is not right?

“And without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6a ESV)

On the flip side, what kind of faith is it that believes in Christ’s sacrifice and God’s loving grace but does not accept his Lordship?

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14 ESV)



1. kazooless - August 2, 2008

Sweet post. Theonomy and Reconstruction is extremely important, but if we reconstructionists forget everything else such as the Gospel message, regeneration, etc., then we’re just as useless as the pessimistic millennialists or “stay within the church walls” pietists. Only a move of the Spirit of God is going to reconstruct the world, but then that is part of the Reconstructionist agenda.

I am a little confused that you are putting a positive post here for Daniel Ritchie and you also link in your blogroll to the “White Horse Inn” which is extremely antithetical to the theonomistic position. ??

Blessings on your head!


2. heldveld - August 6, 2008


Thanks for the comment! It’s a great encouragement to someone just getting started in the blog world.

As for the White Horse Inn, I appreciate their focus on theology and the doctrines of grace. They also do a nice job of critiquing current fads in evangelicalism. I am definitely not W2k, although I’m not sure I’m a full blow theonomist either as I am exploring the position more.

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