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2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4I: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

The Conclusion of my comments about error found on chaceldon.edu.

Here are some more Bible verses to compare with what is being taught at chalcedon, or elsewhere. We always need to discern through the lens of God’s Holy Word. Mostly, we need God’s Word to discern our own hearts. But we do need to be on the alert for false teaching about God’s Kingdom and His ways, so we don’t inadvertently end up following a world ruler who is not Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”—Hebrews 4:12

The Kingdom of God as found in the WORD of GOD

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.“—Mark 1:14, 15

“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”—Luke 17:21

“And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him.”—Luke 8:1

“And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick…And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.”—Luke 9:2, 6

“And he [Jesus] opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”—Matthew 5:2–10

What the WORD of GOD says the disciples did and said after Jesus was ascended.

“But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”—Acts 5:19, 20

“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”—Acts 28:23

“And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”
—Acts 28:30, 31

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.“—Galatians 5:13, 14

What God’s Word says we are to do.

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
—Acts 17:11

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.“—1 Timothy 4:1, 2

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
—2 Timothy 1:13

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.“—John 13:35

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.“—Matthew 16:24

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
—Hebrews 12:2

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
—Titus 2:13, 14

“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.“—2 Peter 3:11

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2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4H: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 6 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

6. Playing down of the Holy Spirit as part of the Godhead, and His role in the believer’s life.

chalcedon.edu/vision
“We believe that the source of godly change is regeneration by the Holy Spirit, not revolution by the violence of man. As God regenerates more and more individuals, and as they reorient their lives and areas of personal influence to the teachings of the Bible, He employs them to advance His kingdom and establish Christian civilization.”

My Comment
Does the Bible say that the Holy Spirit and God regenerate us and then WE reorient our own lives to the teachings of the Bible and then God uses us to advance His kingdom and establish Christian civilization? I guess the Holy Spirit isn’t needed after He regenerates us?

chalcedon.edu/vision
“We believe that God’s law is the divine pattern of sanctification in every area of life, but it is not the means of justification; man is saved by grace, not by law. The role of every earthly government including family government, church government, school government, vocational government, and civil government is to submit to Biblical law.”

My Comment
God’s law is the divine pattern of sanctification? What does that mean? Where are they getting this?

GOD’s WORD

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”—1 Corinthians 1:30

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”—John 17:17, 19

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.“—Ephesians 5:26

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Thessalonians 5:23

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”—Hebrews 13:12

chalcedon.edu/vision
“No government in any form can make men Christians or truly obedient; this is the work of God’ sovereign grace. Much less should civil government try to impose Biblical law on an unbelieving society. Biblical law cannot be imposed; it must be embraced.”

My Comment
How do you embrace Biblical law? Maybe their mind needs to be renewed to think Jesus’ way. What job does the Holy Spirit have in their theology?

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”—Jeremiah 17:9

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”—Matthew 22:37–40

My Comment
I was 31 years old before I understood that it was impossible for me to obey Matthew 22:37, 38. In fact, that is the point of the law—I can’t keep it. No one can. When I realized my heart is desperately wicked, I confessed my sin and accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for my sin. Then the Holy Spirit put/s the right desires in my heart. I need the Holy Spirit to help me.

chalcedon.edu/credo
“But the God who justifies also sanctifies, and sanctification means progressive obedience to God’s requirements, His law of the Old and New Testaments.”

My Comment
What is progressive obedience? Where did they find these terms? Where is the Holy Spirit in their “theology?” I am going to include a number of Bible verses related to the Holy Spirit. At the end are verses telling the fruit of the world Kingdom and the fruit of God’s Kingdom. Be a fruit inspector.

The WORD of GOD

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”—Romans 8:14

“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”—Galatians 3:2, 3, 5<

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me...”—John 16:7–14

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.“—Galatians 5:16–18

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”—Galatians 5:19–21

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”—Galatians 5:22–26

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4G: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

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.)

chalcedon.edu/credo

“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.”

My Comment
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?

GOD says

“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

chalcedon.edu/credo
“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…”

My comment
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.”

My Comment
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

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4F: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 4 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

4. Greek thought and the intellect elevated; man’s words and traditions given equal status with the Bible.
The belief from Aquinas that the intellect, mind or reason was not affected by our sin nature explains some of the emphasis on scholasticism, intellectualism, and elevation of man’s mind and reason.

chalcedon.edu/credo
“…The highest point of scholarship in the medieval world was within the bosom of the church; and although it was defective at certain key points, it was at least an attempt at intellectual reverence for God. The scholarship of the Reformation was even more rigorously Biblical, and this was no less true of the Reformation’s successors…”

“…The Bible itself is a revelation of ideas as much as it is words; it is not a collection of isolated words, but of words that are divinely inspired and arranged to set forth ideas. Biblical revelation is propositional: it comes to us in words and sentences, conveying thought. To say that we should dismiss ideas and the work of scholarship is really to say that we should dismiss God’s written revelation. One is deeply impressed, for example, with the wide scholarship of men like the Apostle Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Kuyper, Van Til, and many others. But this scholarship, in every case, springs from a simple faith — faith in the sovereign, Triune God and the authority of the Word of God. Scholarship is an instrument in the service of the advancement of the Faith and of Christ’s kingdom. Scholarship is not central to the Faith, but a vigorous Faith requires scholarship. It is this sort of scholarship to which Chalcedon is dedicated.”

chalcedon.edu/vision
“First, Chalcedon is committed to recovering the intellectual foundations of Christian civilization.”

My Comment
Why is there such a focus and emphasis on scholarship and the need to justify it? Why is Apostle Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament, included with others who did not write scripture. Where is this in the Bible: “Intellectual foundations of Christian civilization?”

Just the BOOK

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.“—1 Corinthians 3:11

“…we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”—1 Corinthians 8:1

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”—2 Corinthians 11:3

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.“—1 Corinthians 1:23

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
—Luke 1:77–79

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”—Ephesians 5:6

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.“—Romans 16:18

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.“—Isaiah 29:13

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wiseThat no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
—1 Corinthians 1:27–31

“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”—Isaiah 47:10

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4E: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 3 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

3. The Church becomes the focus instead of Jesus Christ.

chalcedon.edu/conference
“If the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is to bring transformation to this world, it must return without compromise to the tenets of the Reformed faith.”

“Only the God-centered theology of the reformation can supply the resources necessary for godly reconstruction.”

My Comment
Where does it say in the Bible that the Church is responsible to bring transformation to this world? We preach Christ and Him crucified because there is a coming judgment and we want people to be rescued.

We don’t want to return to the Reformed faith, but to the Bible. It does not hinge on us or our theology. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can change our hearts.

chalcedon.edu/vision
“In the way we guide Christians in the task of governing their own spheres of life in terms of the entire Bible: in family, church, school, vocation, arts, economics, business, media, the state, and all other areas of modern life.”

My Comment
This is Worldview/Reconstructionist thinking—reclaiming the culture. I thought Jesus was the head of the church and His Holy Spirit and God’s Word gave us direction. People need to be redeemed, not the spheres of our life.

chalcedon.edu/vision
“Historically, therefore, the Chalcedonian creed is the foundation of Western liberty, setting limits on all authoritarian human institutions by acknowledging the validity of the claims of the One who is the source of all human freedom (Galatians 5:1)”

My Comment
A creed is the foundation of Western liberty? Notice part of the problem with the Creed showing up here? Because the Holy Spirit is not a player in the Chalcedon Creed, this group seems to take on the job of the Holy Spirit. (more on this later)

From the BOOK

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”—2 Corinthians 4:5

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”—Colossians 1:27, 28

“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, “Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”—Ephesians 1:22, 23

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4D: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 3 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu.

2. The denial of a future, thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on the earth.

From http://www.chalcedon.edu/credo; chalcedon.edu/ministry

“Because we affirm postmillennialism…Because we believe that Christ’s first coming established His kingdom (Mt. 3:2), and His church is presently energized to advance that kingdom
(Mt. 28:18-20)…”

“…Jesus Christ already ‘brought in the kingdom’ at His first coming. His glorious reign was formalized at His ascension (Dan. 7:13-14), after which He showered His royal gifts on His people so that they could advance His kingdom in the earth (Ac. 2:17-18, 30-33)…”

“Chalcedon’s activities include foundational and leadership roles in Christian reconstruction. Our emphasis on the Cultural or Dominion Mandate, Genesis 1:28, and the necessity of a return to Biblical Law has been a crucial factor in the challenge to Humanism by Christians in this country and elsewhere. Chalcedon’s involvement in and commitment to Christian education began with its inception when founder Rousas John Rushdoony pinpointed the Christian and home schools as the most important institutions in reversing the influence of secular Humanism.”

My Comments

These folk have torqued scripture to come up with a reconstructionist postmillennial eschatology. As you read above, they believe Jesus has established His kingdom already, and the church is energized to advance that kingdom.

In my opinion, the postmillennial belief combined with Replacement theology (the belief that Israel has been replaced by the church) and their ideas about the state/church has allowed for their belief of “Reconstructionism.”

Rather than preach the gospel to every creature like Jesus told us to do, they are putting their energies into getting people to obey Biblical law.

Perhaps you would be interested in reading a book that uses both the Old and New Testament to discuss the Redemption (Rapture) of the church by our Redeemer. You can read ‘The Manasseh Effect: A Biblical Case for the Rapture of the Church” by John Higgins and download the chart online for free.

Jesus did not tell us to set up a church system or to reform the American government or to Christianize our culture. He came to rescue people from hell, and He wants us to spread that good news to others.

From the BOOK

“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”—1 John 5:19

“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”
—John 18:36

This is what Christ’s kingdom on earth will be like. Does it sound like it has happened or is happening? Does it sound like Jesus needs help establishing the kingdom?

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.“—Isaiah 9:6, 7

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”—Psalm 37:11

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”—Acts 17:30, 31

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.“—2 Corinthians 3:6

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world {not government} unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.“—2 Corinthians 5:19

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4C: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 2 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

1. A Political union of the church and state.

What Chalcedon Believes
“Christians suckled on a pietistic view of the Faith and life simply cannot conceive of a world-conquering Christianity; because they cannot grasp this premise, they dismiss its defenders and spread misinformation about its position.”

My Comment
What does this mean? A world-conquering Christianity? Do they believe Christianity/Church conquers? Isn’t that what the Roman church believed and still believes? That is like a body without the head. The Church is the body, Jesus is the head of the church and Jesus is the Conqueror.

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”—Revelation 19:11

What Chalcedon Believes
“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…”

My Comment
These folk seem to have forgotten that when Jesus was on earth he never tried to make a Christian state out of the Roman government.

What does exercise “dominion in the earth for God’s glory” mean? I think this is dominion theology which I have addressed on my blog previously.

The Chalcedon site also says that they support
“the efforts of Christians and Christian organizations to implement the vision of Christian civilization. Though unapologetically Reformed, Chalcedon supports the kingdom work of all orthodox denominations and churches.”

My Comment
Who has given the vision of Christian civilization? It sounds like reclaiming culture. I haven’t read about it in the Bible. What is Christian Civilization? Jesus rescues individuals from the kingdom of darkness and hell. This is NOT about us, it’s all about JESUS who paid a great price and rescued us because of His great love for us.

God’s WORD says

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”—Colossians 1:12–18

“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”—Isaiah 5:13