Friday, June 27, 2014

Sola Scriptura and Politics (John W. Robbins)

Unlike either the conservative or the liberal, the Christian must derive his views on the morality of the draft and national service solely from Scripture, not from any theory of natural law or general notion of justice, but from the propositions and commands written in the Bible. The Christian position on the draft-as on all moral and theological questions-is based upon the principle of sola Scriptura, the Bible as the only and as the final authority.

Paul, writing to Timothy, said, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Scripture is sufficient: It equips the man of God thoroughly for every good work, including the good work of politics. Furthermore, the Old Testament as well as the New is God-breathed and useful: “All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching.....” Paul definitely contradicts the popular idea that the Old Testament does not concern us. The laws of God that are found in the Old Testament-unless they have been repealed in the New-are still in force.

John W. Robbins, "The Bible and the Draft," The Trinity Review, ed. John W. Robbins, May, June 1980 (2003): 1. Retrieved June 27, 2014 from

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