So What is this 2 Kingdoms Stuff About Anyway and Why Does it Matter?

thecharge.jpgDavid VanDrunen explained it very well and clearly during his inaugural address yesterday at WSC. In the photo to the left, Bob Strimple, whom David is succeeding as the Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, gives a powerful charge to David to “preach Christ.”

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3 comments

  1. I’m a bit confused. If turn the other cheek is how the church operates then what is the place of church discipline?

  2. Scott,

    Could you be confusing categories? Christians are to turn the other cheek, right? You’re not suggesting that turning the other cheek and church discipline are mutually exclusive are you?

    To whom are we to turn the other cheek and whom is the church to discipline? Are they the same set of people?

  3. We are to turn the other cheek to our enemies and the church is to discipline her errant members. But even in discipline the aim is to bring the person back which is different than the aim of the state. I guess I was thinking that the difference between the offices of the keys and the sword was spiritual/carnal, but that is only the beginning. Thanks for helping me think through this.

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