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There is more to godliness and to righteousness (or, justice) than the mere condemnation of sin. If mere condemnation constituted virtue, then Stalin was most righteous for condemning Hitler, and Hitler was likewise righteous for condemning Stalin! The idea of condemnation as righteousness smacks of pharisaism. Our Lord says, “except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20). Churchmen today are often ready to condemn sin, but where is that righteousness that comes from obedience to God’s word? Where is the readiness to teach all nations and to bring all things into captivity to Jesus Christ? (Matt. 28:18-20; II Cor. 10:4-6).

To be creatures means that we are commanded by God the Lord because we are His creation and His re-creation in Jesus Christ. To be a creature means that I know that the Lord is God, my God: “He shall choose our inheritance for us” (Ps. 47:4), and He has done so in Jesus Christ. I can therefore say with David, “My times are in thy hand” (Ps. 31:15), and I can rest, work, and sleep in that confidence (Ps. 4:8).

The purpose of Institutes of Biblical Law and Law and Society is to point men to God and His word for the government of their lives and our world.

I am grateful, in the writing thereof, for the faithfulness of my Westwood, Los Angeles, group, who, week by week, listened to these developing studies, and to the Pierce brothers, for the use of the Chapel of the Palms. I am grateful also to my publisher, David L. Thoburn and Dolly Thoburn, who kept me supplied with many of the books I needed.

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To serve and magnify God is the greatest of privileges and callings, and I am a most privileged man, having been given so happy a calling. The purpose of the Chalcedon Foundation is the reconstruction of all

things in terms of the word of God. This, after all, is the purpose of life, to be conformed to God, and ours is a magnificent task. May God the Lord bless us all therein.

These studies were written from 1973 through 1977.

Rousas John Rushdoony




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