Friday, November 18, 2011

Walking in the Law of the Lord by William O. Einwechter


The title of this book, Walking in the Law of the Lord, is taken from the two great psalms on the law of God: Psalms 1 and 119. Psalm 119:1 specifically states, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.” Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly . . . but his delight is in the law of the Lord.” Both psalms declare that those who are walking in the law of the Lord are blessed. The subtitle of the book, An Introduction to the Biblical Ethics of Theonomy, indicates that it is an introduction to biblical ethics from a theonomic perspective. Theonomy is a system of Christian ethics that is self-consciously committed to a life of walking in the law of the Lord, i.e., living all of life in accord with God’s Bible-revealed law. Theonomy is a distinct Bible-based approach to Christian ethics that has its roots in the doctrine of sola Scriptura. This book introduces the ethics of theonomy, systematically explains it, and properly defends it against its critics.

This book advocates the view that the law of God revealed in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is the absolute and final standard of truth, righteousness, and justice for all men and all nations. It demonstrates that theonomy advocates the complete sufficiency of the Bible to instruct men in the way of righteousness in every area of life, and contends that the Word of God is the only infallible standard for judging between right and wrong conduct in every governing sphere—self-government, family government, church government, and civil government—and in all human action. Theonomy is an explicitly biblical approach to ethics; i.e., it affirms that the Bible gives “the answer, the only answer, and the whole answer to the ethical problem.”

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