1.) Has anybody in all of Church history since the Nicene Creed was developed ever used the Nicene Creed to prove that Capitalism (particularly the Corporatism Capitalism that we are currently living under) is God’s preferred economic order? Honestly, this is such a stretch I can’t believe that people don’t die of embarrassment just reading it. Let me guess… the Council of Chalcedon also proves that minimum wage laws are unbiblical.
Look, I’m a Biblical Capitalist (as opposed to the Crony Capitalism we now have) but I would never try to use the Nicene Creed to support my position.
2.) Technically market forces are not invisible. Market forces are very visible inasmuch as they are merely the decisions made by very visible people.
3.) “It is a violation of the Nicene Creed (by the Government) to grasp power for yourself and violently and coercively prohibit the free actions and creativity of people made in the image of God?” Really? If Sumpter is correct here (and he most certainly is not correct) then it would be a violation of the Nicene creed for the FEDS to craft laws prohibiting illegal immigration. After all laws protecting our country from illegal immigrants certainly prohibits the free actions and creativity of people made in the image of God. This is pure Libertarianism and not Theonomic in the least. Sumpter, like his mentor, Doug Wilson are Libertarians posing as Theonomists.
Clearly, Sumpter’s argument here is specious. A real theonomist like Rushdoony argued very differently about the Government making laws violently and coercively prohibiting the free actions and creativity of people made in the image of God. RJR offered,
And here we find another example of creeping Libertarianism masquerading as theonomy coming from Rev. Doug Wilson.
In his analogy between adultery/pornography and theft/movies which show theft, Wilson laments,
“Why do we resist punishing what God requires punishment for, and insist on punishments found nowhere in Scripture?”
“Cyberporn: A Case Study”
Credenda/Agenda_, vol. 7, no. 5, p. 11
It bears mentioning that not all modern Theonomists agree with Wilson that pornography is not a crime. For example, R. J. Rushdoony states;
“the link between pornography and revolutionary totalitarianism is a necessary one. The rise of totalitarianism has always been preceded by moral anarchism… the politics of pornography is a moral anarchism whose purpose is revolution, a revolution against Christian civilization. . . . Certainly new and clearer legislation [against porn — BLM] is necessary and urgently needed. . . we need and must have sound legislation”
Law and Liberty, pp. 18-20
In case you are not already aware there are serious problems today in what is left of Institutional Theonomy. Wilson and the CREC crowd might should just be called “the Cringe Crowd.” Gary DeMar over at American Vision has embraced full on Full Preterism. Sandlin is a ship that has no rutter. I seriously doubt the goofballs at Joel McDurmon’s “Baal’s Reign” even want to be known as theonomists. Indeed, it would not be going to far to say Institutional Theonomy is dead were not for the work that Dr. Adi Schlebusch is doing at the Pactum Institute.
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Curt Doolittle (secular materialist) has done some good work on libertarians. He argues white people create commons (intangibles), and libertarians are just free-riders trying to escape maintaining their upkeep. https://naturallawinstitute.com/2020/05/libertarians-try-to-escape-responsibility-and-liability-to-others-for-the-production-of-commons/
Thank’s for this classification of Doug. I’ve read Saved to be Warriors, and on reflection I decided the basis for theonomy is love (the president being Jesus’ prohibition on divorce). Biblical law protects the vulnerable, and the alternative happening right now is sacrificing them on the alter of Baal. Doug displayed little love to those suffering from porn.
P.S. This video by Rushdoony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DgPMxDx0fU