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By This Standard: The Authority of God's Law Today

by Greg L. Bahnsen

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I was interested in finding out more about theonomy, being somewhat inclined that way based on my own study and understanding of the Word of God, & I found this book to be a very readable book making the case for the continuing validity of God's commands as revealed in the OT unless clearly withdrawn in the NT. Bahnsen makes many logical points (I particularly like how he uses football rules' & library cards' continuing validity today to argue his point) and supports them with scripture references. I'm not thoroughly convinced, because some of what Paul says, even in the context of some of his supporting texts seems to indicate more nullification of OT law than Bahnsen grants, but in other places the scripture really does seem to support his position (the evidence seems in his favor). I think he makes a very strong case against autonomy and one of the strengths of this book is how he refutes humanistic (the new version) reasoning. In this book he does not go into great detail in regards to what commands do stand firm, he is more interested in simply establishing that many do - which he does well, while balancing it with a wise dose of "general equity" (common example seems to be in OT they were told to build a fence around their roof, we don't have flat roofs anymore, the point is - don't leave a loaded gun around for your neighbor;s kid to shoot etc). It was most interesting to go back and look at my confession of faith in regards to this subject as well, I suggest anyone under the 1689 London Baptist Confession or the Westminster Confession take a look at the chapters on the law of God and civil government, it may challenge you! ( )
  deferredreward | Oct 4, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0930464060, Paperback)

God's Law is Christianity's tool of dominion. This is where any discussion of God's law ultimately arrives: the issue of dominion. Ask yourself: Who is to rule on earth, Christ or Satan? Whose followers have the ethically acceptable tool of dominion, Christ's or Satan's? What is this tool of dominion, the bibically revealed law of God, or the law of self-proclaimed autonomous man? Whose word is sovereign, God's or man's?

Millions of Christians, sadly, have not recognized the continuing authorigy of God's law or its many applications to modern society. They have thereby reaped the whirlwind - cultural and intellectual impotence. They implicitly have surrendered this world to the devil. They have implicitly denied the power of the death and resurrection of Christ. They have served as footstools for the enemies of God. But humanism's free ride is coming to an end. This book serves as an introduction to this woefully neglected topic.

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