Westminster and Theonomy
For quite sometime, a critique of theonomy is that is contra-confessional. The claim is that the judicial laws of Moses, specifically the case-laws, were taught by the Westminster Assembly to be expired. The experation is due to the redemptive work of Christ, or so it is taught by many modern Westminster-tonians. An example would be Matthew Winzer’s The Westminster Assembly & the Judicial Law: A Chronological Compilation and Analysis.
Thankfully, Vindiciæ Legis wrote an excellent response to the Michal Winzer’s journal entry. The best part is that it is free, unlike the theological journal that costs $20-$40. Another response to Winzer was written by Brian Schwertley. Both of these critiques prove that the Assembly members were not lockstep in agreement with Winzer, and subcriptionists to the modern WCF, that at the judicial laws of Moses are done away with in the New Covenant.
Besides responses to the entry in the theological journal, there are some good pieces out there. Greg Bahnsen has one on the WCF and Judicial Law. A small book put together by Martin A. Foulner includes quotes and primary sources regarding the Reformers and Assembly members belief in the validity of the Judicial Laws of Moses, although it is darn near impossible to find at the moment. Here is a link that includes the sad background of why Foulner wrote the book.
The Current Vulnerability of Stateless People
Statelessness is a topic that often finds itself in my wife and I conversations and planning. Our daughters are stateless. Many people in our flavor of Christian circles often think, “Nice, the government doesn’t want ya and you can be free from them and their taxes.” The problem is, in the current Statist-meliu, you can’t live while being stateless. In most settings, they can’t buy or rent property, have a job, drive, go to any learning institution, etc.
We recently point this out in a In Their Distress piece about a young stateless girl who was kidnapped. The authorities issued no alert, according to their words, because she wasn’t a local. The problem is there is a plethra of other cases where alerts were issued for foreigners. What isn’t mentioned in most articles is that she was stateless. She wasn’t found shortly after being abducted…she had been harvested for her internal organs.
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Save My Seoul!
We recently watched this documentary a few months ago with our Korean friend. Not only was it eye opening, but doubly damning on the apathy towards women in the sex-trade. I couldn’t recommend Save My Seoul any more. Learn about a neighborhood of wickedness that most consider an unavoidable reality in the center of South Korea. Not because it answers all the questions, but it motivate us to start creating solutions.