Over the past few weeks I've been following the running skirmish at the BaylyBlog between Darryl Hart, R. Scott Clark, and the Bayly brothers on Two Kingdom Theology (2k). The Baylys are ministerial colleagues in the PCA and I was struck by their strident rejection of 2k because it is perceived to be weak, impotent, and well, spiritual.
This discussion has been illuminating for it has provided insight into the various streams of theological thought that make up the PCA. An outsider might think that the PCA is monolithic but nothing could be further from the truth. While there might be doctrinal agreement in the PCA based on the Westminster Confession of Faith there are lots of differences when it comes to how the church is to relate to the world. Some argue that the church is called to transform culture. Others argue that the church is to speak prophetically to the culture. Others argue that the church is not the place for sermons against abortion, slavery, government-run healthcare, gay marriage, or the horrendous fair offered up on the public airwaves.
This latter group basically acknowledges that their are two realms in this world: The City of God and the City of Man (based on Augustine). The City of God (the Church) is called to be just that: a group of individuals called out by God to worship Him and to serve their neighbors. They argue that the church's chief goal is to make disciples not to change culture or even confront it. Thus ministers have the narrow task of speaking where Scripture speaks and being silent where Scripture is silent. Furthermore, relation to the culture is left up to individual Christians as they exercise their gifts and devote themselves to their God-given vocations.
All of this might seem strange given the recent past of the Religious Right and its activism. Yet, I beg you to read and study this topic. To that end Darryl Hart has written a thoughtful piece about my denomination and its need to recapture this understanding of the church. Obviously, more than those in the PCA need to come to grips with this topic.
Click on the link to read why the Baylys, Tim Keller and those who follow Abraham Kuyper are wrong or at least misguided.
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