The reformers recognized that God reigned over the universe, but that we could distinguish how God reigned through his administrations of church and government.
We render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Since grace does not destroy nature, we belong to heaven even while having obligations to administrations on earth. So we pay taxes to whom taxes are due (Rom 13:6). And we honour God with our conscience, worship, and so on.
This kind of thing represents what the reformers meant by two-kingdom theology. It was not two discrete kingdoms but two distinguishable administrations of God’s one reign. [Read more…] about Brief Thoughts on the Two-Kingdoms
What does Romans 13 have to say about the myriad of civil matters that we face today?
Here I want to make a few observations that come out of the heart of the nerd who has been studying reformation theology and writings. Granted, these observations on Romans 13 in reformed thinking do, of course, touch on all the issues we have today.
Even so, I am not writing this as some sort of online battle, which normally I would not say but today I feel I must due to how volcanic the internet seems. I offer this little FAQ as simply my thoughts on Friday morning and later updated in the day. [Read more…] about FAQ on Romans 13
In this episode, I talk about two-kingdoms teaching as presented in the early to mid 16th century. I try to show how such a teaching can help us a sort of political theology to make sense of how we relate to governing authorities. Afterwards, two lawyers (Chad Graham and Kristopher Kinsinger) discuss the topic with me.
Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and/or Apple Podcasts. Also, see the host page at Anchor and the Youtube page. And bookmark this page to see every episode. [Read more…] about Episode 34: Wyatt Graham on Two-Kingdoms Teaching
Over the past year, Christians had to answer tough questions regarding their relationship to the government. Here, I want to answer some frequently asked questions (and questions that should be frequently asked) like: can the government tell the church what to do? Do we need to obey unjust governments? Can we obey Christ and the government? When do we need to say “no” and disobey an authority?
In this article, I offer patterns of thinking to answer such questions. I do so from the perspective of early reformed teaching on what the Bible says, and so I do not represent other viewpoints than the one noted.
With that caveat, here is the FAQ: [Read more…] about FAQ on How the Church Relates to the Government