The Bible: for everyone, everything, everywhere

It is not only the church and the school which must be Christian. Every area of life and thought must obey God and His word. It’s a very serious mistake to think of the Bible as a church book. The Bible is more than a church book. It is a book for the totality of life, and as a result, this book is for every man in every area of life, and for every institution. It’s a Bible for church and state, for school and laboratory…

It’s a book for every area of life, and this book is seriously maligned and damaged if it’s treated as a book for the church only. It is to dishonor this book to limit its scope. It’s a book for the courtroom. It’s a book for the state. Every area of life is under God. It must hear His word and must obey Him. This does not mean the union of church and state. It means religion is basic to the state as it is to the church.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (n.d.). Postmillennialism and Education. Pocket College. Available Last accessed 13th Aug 2017.


Quarantine is for the evil, not the godly

There is quarantine, the separation of disease, and there is the necessity of moral quarantine of sinful men from society. We do not flee from disease and sin, but rather separate and segregate sin and contagious disease from a community. This tells us what the biblical doctrine of holiness is about.

Too often in the modern versions of the doctrine of holiness, it is the people who are trying to be holy, who quarantine themselves off from everybody else. They segregate themselves and leave the whole of the world to evil. But the Bible says it is disease and contagious men and sinful criminal men who are to be quarantined, who are to be segregated and separated—not the godly.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein; therefore we are not the ones to be quarantined…

Our Lord prays, not that we should be taken out of the world, but that God should keep us from the Evil One.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (n.d.). The Ritual of Cleansing [sermon]. Pocket College. Available Last accessed 27th Jul 2017.

God’s Word precedes the state’s word

The [Apostles’] Creed has vast implications concerning history because of its declaration that God is the creator of all things. This declaration immediately makes God the source of all ethics, of all morality and of all law…

Either God is the true source of all morality and law, or the state is. If God is the true source, then the Word of God must be harkened to by church, state, school, and every sphere of life as the one authoritative source of morality and law. As institutions and orders declare law, they must do it ministerially, as administrators under God. The Word of God therefore speaks to every sphere, including church and state…

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (1978). The Foundations of Social Order: Studies in the Creeds and Councils of the Early Church. Thoburn Press, Fairfax, p. 5

God and the Bible are binding on all domains

First of all the Bible itself must be taught. If the Bible is what it says it is then knowledge of it is essential to life. The Bible undergirds the civilization we live in; it is the main spring of every facet of our culture….If the Bible is not central to education, to everyday life, [19th century atheist Max] Stirner’s logic [that consistent atheism requires one to disbelieve in the validity of any law] prevails.

The Bible, for us thus must be a part of the curriculum and we dare not teach it as [just] a devotional book or an inspiring book – it is an inspired book, it is not [just] inspiring.

What it tells us about our sin – it’s painful. What it tells us of the things we have left undone, we can think of better reading. When it gives us a catalog of sins that describe human nature, it can be very depressing reading. But it is God’s command word. It is his command word as us as individuals, as families, as churches, as schools. Also as workmen, as citizens.

The Bible is as binding upon the state as it is the church. God does not say the church is mine but the school and civil government and science and art and the vocations are secular, outside my province. Not so. All things are to be governed by the Lord, by his sovereign word. We must teach the Bible therefore as God’s command word.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (n.d.) The Bible in the Curriculum: A Separate Subject or Foundation for Each Subject http://file. Available Last accessed 14th May 2017

The purpose and destiny of the earth

The earth was created to be the Kingdom of God. The cornerstone of that Kingdom is justice. Those who deny God’s law will have the earth itself against them. Christ, who as King of the new creation, gave His life in satisfaction of God’s justice, cannot be used to set aside the law of God.

To set aside the law of God is to deny the cross and to say that murder can now prosper, and the earth yield her strength readily and freely, to the enemies of God. It is tantamount to saying that the purpose of the King’s coming and atonement is to give freedom for sin.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (1982). The Institutes of Biblical Law, Volume II: Law and Society. Ross House Books, Vallecito, p. 321

A Barn to House Thee

There was no room for Him, once long ago,
Only a cold and drafty barn, and, like a blow,
The smell of dung did greet
Him, Who came from heaven, none to meet
Him, save the displaced cows and sheep
Whose restless night disturbed His sleep.
Only some sheep men came to pray.
No scholars came to mark the day.
Still as of old the world denies
Room to its King and from Him shies,
The Cross His only gift from men
And man as brutal now as then.
Lord, if again a barn do not offend Thee,
This dung and filth would comprehend Thee,
Here is my heart, with its unclean floor
A barn to house Thee, as of yore.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (2015). ‘A Barn to House Thee’ in The Luxury of Words: Poems of R.J. Rushdoony. Chalcedon/Ross House Books, Vallecito, p. 39.

No limits to God’s government—or the church’s witness

The prophets, God’s preachers of old, were commanded by the Lord to proclaim God’s law-word concerning all things and to correct and rebuke kings and governors. When our Lord promises His disciples that they shall be brought before governors and kings for His sake, and “for a testimony against them” (Matt. 10:18), He did not mean they were then to forswear the faith, wink at abortion and homosexuality, and be silent about the sins of the state!

There are no limits to the area of God’s government, law, and sovereign sway. There can then be no limits to the areas of the church’s witness, its preaching, and its commanded concern.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (1986). Christianity and the State. Ross House Books, Vallecito, p. 192