Continuing with Part 5 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu
5. The belief that the Gentile church replaces Israel, and with it the thought that it is the church’s responsibility to bring in or advance the Kingdom of God.
It was difficult for me to discern from the chalcedon site exactly what they believe about Israel. Both Reconstructionist and Reformed thought (which thinking is supported on the site) believe that the church has replaced Israel,
so I am inclined to think that the folk at chalcedon.edu also believe that the church has replaced Israel.
It seems to me that there is a relationship between thinking that the church has replaced Israel and the idea that therefore the church needs to live under the Old Testament laws and ways and that it is their job to be bringing in the Kingdom get people to obey God’s law so the kingdom is ready for Jesus. (Not that this is biblical thought, just my observation of what has/is happening.)
“Because we strongly emphasize the authority of Biblical law, holding it to be a verbal description of God’s character, and because we hold that Biblical law should govern every area of man’s life and thought…”
“Because we believe that the Bible should apply to all of life, including the state; and because we believe that the Christian state should enforce Biblical civil law; and finally, because we believe that the responsibility of Christians is to exercise dominion in the earth for God’s glory…We do not believe that politics or the state are a chief sphere of dominion.
“…We believe in regeneration, not in revolution. Men are not changed fundamentally by politics, but by the power of God. Men’s hearts are changed by regeneration (Jn. 3:3). They are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Col. 1:13). From that point, they progressively work to reorient their lives and every sphere they touch in terms of God’s holy, infallible Word. Long-term, pervasive social change is the result of extensive regeneration and obedience by the people of God. This means, of course, that there can be no Christian society of any significance or longevity unless a large number of its members are Christians.”
Is this double talk? Why do they emphasis Biblical law? “They progressively work to reorient their lives?” Biblical law did not work for Israel. Why? Because their hearts were desperately wicked like ours. Why do they think Biblical law will work for Gentiles?
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.“—Galatians 3:10–14
“We do believe that the state one day will be Christian, but this no way implies that the role of the state is to Christianize its citizens…Our objective, therefore, in supporting Christian political involvement is to scale down the massive state in Western democracies, reducing it to its Biblical limits…”
One day the state will be Christian? How are they going to reduce Western democracies to their biblical limits? Is that in the Bible?
The Ministry of Chalcedon
“We believe that the whole Word of God must be applied to all of life. It is not only our duty as individuals, families and churches to be Christian, but it is also the duty of the state, the school, the arts and sciences, law, economics, and every other sphere to be under Christ the King. Nothing is exempt from His dominion. We must live by His Word, not our own.”
Where is this in the Bible? God fills us with His Holy Spirit so we can tell other sinners that Jesus will rescue them from hell, too. We are not told to bring the state, school, arts under the dominion of Jesus. This group has also torqued the meaning of the word “dominion” as it is in the Bible. See a past blog: dominion-theology-and-reconstructionists/
This is what God says in His BOOK
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.“—Romans 10:2–4
“For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.“—Isaiah 9:16
“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.”—Isaiah 41:8, 9
“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.“—Isaiah 43:1
“Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”—Isaiah 44:21, 22
“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.“—Isaiah 49:16