The Reformed Witness
January/February 2001
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of Knowledge: But fools despise Wisdom and Instruction"
Proverbs 1:7




Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel.  And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin: For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.

(1 Kings 22:51-53 AV)

Without a doubt, the first impression of the Old Testament is that of a detailed and precise account of History. Since God is focusing upon the particular history of His chosen people, He accounts only those details necessary to give the reader a practical understanding of the circumstances and events surrounding ancient Israel. Yet, the perusal of Biblical history cannot, and must not, be viewed dispensationally. To infer that the events surrounding Old Testament Israel is of no application or use for the 21st century is to deny the sufficiency of the Scriptures. Such a faulty presupposition also denies the timelessness and absolute authority in which the Word of God commands.


When expounding the History of Scriptures, whether it is New Testament exposition or Old Testament exposition, a clear pattern emerges. The Scriptures address every area of life, without exception. An honest and careful assessment of God’s Word will supply the reader with a viewpoint of all life and society from a Divine vantage point. God superbly contrives the Holy Scriptures to dramatically show that He is the legitimate authority and the absolute sovereign establisher of all areas of life. The Scriptures expressly, and ethically detail how mankind is to respond to the world around them. This “Christian world-view” is perfectly detailed by the use of doctrinal statements, personal examples and historical case studies contained in the Holy Scriptures. To ignore or pervert such an obvious standard is to deny the authority of God and His Law.




In order to better understand the areas of life, which are addressed in the Scriptures, we might place them into four categories, or spheres. Within these spheres there exists specific rules and standards. We may also consider certain offices, authorities, duties and responsibilities associated with each sphere. Although these categories are distinct, some may, at times overlap, depending upon the situation as detailed in the Holy Scriptures. The four groups are as follows:

1. Personal

2. Family

3. Ecclesiastical/Church

4. Civil/State

For each and every one of these areas of life, God has prescribed a very definitive, and clearly detailed, set of commandments concerning them. To deny God’s legitimate authority over each of these spheres, is to deny both His Sovereign Rule and sole proprietorship (i.e. dominion) over things in heaven and things upon the earth.


Thou, [even] thou, [art] LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all [things] that [are] therein, the seas, and all that [is] therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

(Nehemiah 9:6 AV)


Happy [is he] that [hath] the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope [is] in the LORD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein [is]: which keepeth truth for ever:

(Psalms 146:5-6 AV)


Thine, O LORD, [is] the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all [that is] in the heaven and in the earth [is thine]; thine [is] the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

(1 Chronicles 29:11 AV)


God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

(Acts 17:24 AV)


And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

(Matthew 28:18 AV)


Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

(Ezekiel 18:4 AV)

The doctrine of the Sovereign Authority and Dominion of God is perhaps the most obvious, and therefore the simplest teaching to convey through the Scriptures. Sadly, while it is intellectually heralded by many, it is often omitted pragmatically by the same “professors of Christianity” in the affairs of everyday life.



It should come as no surprise that the Old Testament Scriptures have strong socio-political overtones. The affairs of government and social order is paramount through the Scriptures. Even the New Testament contains strong and obvious socio-political aspects. In Luke 8:18 Christ instructs us as to our carefulness in hearing. It is not so much as to what we hear, but rather we are instructed to be careful How we hear.

Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

(Luke 8:18 AV)

Presuppositions dictate our interpretation. If we view the Scriptures as a directive for our personal pilgrimage alone, we may unconsciously omit its directives for family life, or our affairs in business. Whenever the Scriptures are set in a vacuum, or compartmentalized to address only one aspect of life, we fail to understand the whole council of God.

The modern church has erred in precisly this manner. Instead of embracing what God’s Word declares on every issue of life, i.e. politics, government, economics, military affairs, family, church government, personal business, domestic and international affairs, the modern church has sought only to expound those doctrines that are religiously safe and non intrusive. This segregation of certain doctrines from the whole of God’s Word is in direct violation to proper Biblical interpretation and profitable application.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

(2 Peter 1:20 AV)


Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I [am] pure from the blood of all [men]. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

(Acts 20:26-27 AV)


Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

(2 Timothy 2:15 AV)

These passages warn against improper and destructive interpretations. Paul infers in Acts 20:26 that if he had failed to properly expound the scriptures by compartmentalizing them, he would be guilty of murder. Whenever the scriptures are expounded only to include selective spheres of life, the entire council of God is thereby omitted. If the Church is ever to be revived to its Biblical place in society, it must begin by putting to death its misguided and promiscuous interpretation of Holy Writ.



Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

(1 Corinthians 2:12-13 AV)

The Word of God instructs us to proper interpretation. We are to allow the Scriptures to identify Truth by carefully comparing Scripture with Scripture. We must see the Bible as a comprehensive rule book, exhaustively commenting and dictating in all areas of life. Too often, the Scriptures are seen as a “spiritual” book to be disregarded in the affairs of earthly living. This “metaphysical” approach to Bible interpretation and application is heretical.


All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 AV)

In this commonly quoted, yet misapplied verse, the Apostle Paul establishes the framework in which the Scriptures are to be employed. What Paul is dictating is that God’s Word is the Rule for ALL doctrine and practice in ALL areas of life. Since the man of God is to be thoroughly equipped in righteousness unto all good works, the question must then be asked as to where these good works are to be executed? Although the case studies of the Old Testament clearly and decisively answer this question, teaching us that they are to be employed in every sphere of “real” life, let us look to the stated directives of the Lord Jesus.

And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

(John 17:13-18 AV)

This priestly prayer of Christ clearly and expressly states what realm the saints are to execute their commission of influence. Christ further expounds the ministry of the saints in the execution of righteous influence in Matthew 5:

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

(Matthew 5:13-16 AV)



Too often Christendom places God‘s “Love” paramount over God‘s “Law”, as if the two exist independently from one another. If this independence were true, then Christ could not declare, “If you love me, keep my Commandments (i.e. my Law).” Christ significantly yokes Love and Law in a bond that none ought put asunder. The Apostle Paul makes clear in Romans 13.8-10 that love is the fulfilling of the law. Practically, for the child of God, it is the love of Christ that put into action the Law of God. Only those who are of the seed and regeneration of the Saviour respect God’s Standard of Truth and His Covenantal requirements concerning all spheres of life. To be free from God’s Law means to be our own law. This is at the heart of “Antinomianism” (i.e. lit. against the law) and apostasy. In effect, it is the denial that God’s Law is binding.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

(Matthew 5:17-19 AV)

The Word of God must be the directive and binding commission for all righteous Christian living. Any independent thought and action is sin. Life must be governed by the Law of God as it is effectuated by the Grace and Love of God, in Christ, through the regeneration. To be governed by God’s Word as it engages every area of life and faith is to be governed by His Spirit.

Modern Christians confuse the notion of the Spirit when it comes to obedience. They declare that they are not under the Law because they have the Spirit’s guidance. This, effectively, is declaring that they are under a notion of spirituality that has no mooring in the Word of God. Christ doctrinally declared, “My Words are Spirit, and they are life.” He yokes His Spirit with the Word in order to clearly enforce the concept, “obedience to the Spirit is obedience to the Law” (and visa versa) . To infer that the Law of God is not to be regarded as a Standard of obedience, or that it no longer retains validity in the New Testament age, is to utterly deny the clear teaching of the Scripture. Furthermore, to deny that the Law of God interfaces with every aspect of life, as to dictate policy and obedience, is also a tremendous affront to the legitimacy and universality of God’s Law over mankind and his institutions.



It is a well known fact that the failure to bridle individual wickedness will infect all areas of that person’s life. If a man is a drunkard, his passion for drink will negatively effect his family, friends, financial situation and social position. If that man is in the place of ministry or public civil service, his passion for alcohol will compromise his effectiveness to the point of corruption and destruction. Likewise, with any sinful passion, if a man is tainted in the sphere of his person, all other spheres are susceptible to demise.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

(Matthew 7:15-20 AV)

From these passages, we see that Christ has set up a parabolic example stating these simple facts. A good tree will bring forth good fruit, and an evil tree with bring forth evil fruit. There is no way around this truth. It is then a fundamental, and undeniable fact that personal conduct is based upon a relationship with Christ and His Holy Law.



Since God has established social order by His Law, He expects His pattern of social order to be maintained. Such a maintenance of socio-political, and economic social order can only be obtained by a strict adherence to God’s Standards and principles.

Contrary to Christian modernists, the Scriptures command a strict Biblical pattern to be obeyed in the realm of politics, government, economics, and social order. The Prophet Isaiah addresses, in extensive discussion, the ills of Israel’s socio-economical, political and Ecclesiastical problems. He addresses the personal root of this social and religious apostasy in no uncertain terms, and calls for a reformation in all areas of life. Such a reformation dictated a return to God’s Law and mercy. Jeremiah also, concerned himself with national concerns, as well as military and international affairs. These concerns were yoked with his reproving of church leaders and citizens of Israel, and were not restricted to the personal pilgrimage of the soul. As with the Old Testament, so is the New. If we observe the assault which the disciples had upon Rome, we must honestly conclude that it was not a religious assault but a political assault. Rome was in the practice of allowing any and all types of religions, provided they were licensed and controlled by the state. The Christians would have none of this, because they were under the social and political reign of Christ, the Sovereign King of kings.

It must be understood that if the Christian community is ever to fulfil their God-given commission upon the earth, they must understand the concept of Righteous Engagement and Dominion. In order to plunder the humanistic status quo, one must first challenge it. 




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