Puritan Board Senior
General equity means exactly what it sounds like. It has to do with the principles associated with the judicial laws. These particular laws were for a covenanted nation that no longer exists. Since God has chosen not the create a new covenant with any other nation like He did with Israel, no other nation is obliged to adhere to those laws. Sinclair Ferguson and Lig Duncan have given sufficient explanations but unfortunately many theonomists don't like them so they resort to the old "well the Standards can be viewed in a number of different ways so theonomy is an allowable interpretation". The Standards say what they say and they can't be massaged to fit a particular viewpoint no matter how hard one tries. I don't buy if from the FV's and I don't buy it from the theonomists.
That's fine. What are those principles, then?
An example would be that of liability or that of proportionality (punishment fits the crime so to speak).
the Westminster Divines all swore a national covenant and believed that all nations were to be "covenanted nations" that walked in God's statutes.
I assume you are talking about the Solemn League and Covenant? I'm not up on 17th centrury English history, but I think that covenant was broken? Is England, Scotland and Ireland now under God's curse for breaking it?
Also, if I remember my old testament right it was God who initiated the covenant with Israel not the other way around. Since God established that covenant (as an administration of the Covenant of Grace with the last administration being the New Covenant) he obligated Israel to comply with the law and He would bless them.
Since God has not seen fit, as far as I know, to initiate a covenant with any other nation than Israel, what would be the stipulations of this new covenant between God and that nation that God would be obligated to meet?