The question of the authority of the Old Testament in the state is tied inexorably to the issue of the authority of the Old Testament in general. Those both within and without the church who reject the authority of the Old Testament as canonical Scripture will, of course, consider the topic of this article to be superfluous. But those who consider the Old Testament to be the inspired Word of God cannot dismiss the question of the authority of the Old Testament in the state with a mere wave of the hand. If God has spoken His infallible Word in the Old Testament, and if that Word specifically speaks to matters that directly concern the state, then does it not follow that the Old Testament teaching on the subject of civil government is authoritative today?
Originally posted at Darash Press. Used with permission.