Friday, September 03, 2010

Two Kingdoms


Kim Riddlebarger has a great post on living in the two kingdoms. It's clear, and it's relatively short. This is a critical distinction, as Dr. Riddlebarger points out. If we don't get it and confuse the two kingdoms, it quickly leads to 1) social gospel liberalism, or 2) some type of theonomy. Here's a preview:




Christ's Kingdom


Christ’s kingdom is manifest on earth through the ordinary means of grace and through those biblically mandated activities of the church (i.e., evangelism, discipleship, and diaconal ministries)

The Civil Kingdom

The civil kingdom is manifest in all human cultural endeavors and governing institutions. In the civil kingdom, Christian citizens seek to be salt and light as they fulfill their callings and vocations along with their non-Christian neighbors

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Christ's Kingdom

As citizens of Christ’s kingdom, we live under the authority of Christ as revealed in Scripture (special revelation)

The Civil Kingdom

In the civil kingdom, we live under the authority of the laws of the land (i.e., general revelation and natural law)

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