Originally posted by tcalbrecht Originally posted by Robin
Thanks for the "plug" Tom....I wondered if anyone was listening....
Kerry - one important item on your list with CT is wrong --- and this is a big deal.....
CT does NOT confuse the Kingdom with the Church. Though Christ reigns in the heart of His people - and His people make-up the Church - the Church is not
the Kingdom. (A vital distinction.)
Part of this confusion may be over the language in the WCF where it says, "The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; and of their children: and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ
, the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation."
The language is related to the matter of the keys of the kingdom that were entrusted to the officers of the church (cf. XXX:2). I don't think it was intended to renounce any jurisdiction of Jesus Christ over the nations of the world as an expression of His present kingdom. Indeed, Matt. 28:19 is the positive statement about Christ's authority in this very area.
The kingdom of God is not limited to any one political kingdom, but encompasses all.
"I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7:13,14)
Just to add on. The reason dispensationalists (progressive or otherwise) think CT confuses the church and the kingdom is due to the fact that they have the relationship all wrong.
Classic dispensationalism pushes the kingdom out to the exclusive domain of the future millennium. While not able to deny it fully, the earlier dispensationalists got around the implications by inventing an arbitrary distinction between the kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God. I suppose that to a certain degree all modern dispensationalists suffer from this errant view of the offered/delayed kingdom and the "hidden" church.
[Edited on 3-7-2005 by tcalbrecht]