Republication Ruin #1

I just finished “Merit and Moses,” which is an analysis of the R2K-Klinean Covenant Republication innovation. I am going to post, over the next few days, sundry quotes with some limited analysis.

“In light of the concept of “simple justice,” it is very difficult to see how the Republication Paradigm helps Israel discern the necessity of someone else performing perfect obedience to merit a reward on their behalf. If their imperfect obedience can be constituted as the meritorious ground of reward, where then do we find the ground for the necessity of the absolute perfect obedience of Christ to merit our salvation? By redefining the traditional view of merit, it seems that the Republication Paradigm has actually destroyed a significant portion of the traditional theological basis for the necessity of Christ’s perfect, active obedience.

In the traditional paradigm, the definition of justice and merit absolutely necessitates the perfect obedience of Christ to merit our salvation. In the Republication Paradigm, the definition of justice and merit no longer requires moral perfection. According to this system, Israel is able to truly merit blessing through an obedience that is only relative and imperfect (i. e., sinful). This revised definition of merit no longer absolutely requires perfection to meet the bar of Gods justice, either for Adam, for Israel, or for Christ.”

I post this quote first because it cuts the legs out from under the premise of the need for this Westminster West innovation. A large part of the whole idea of Republication was arrived at because the thought was that by providing innovation on the Mosaic Covenant one could more securely protect Justification. The thought by the Westminster West mavens was that other lesser forms of the Reformed movement were surrendering Justification. The innovators of Klinean covenant recapitulation thought they could rescue Justification from the clutches of their terrible opponents.

And yet we see by the above quote that the whole idea of Christ’s active obedience imputed to us in Justification is called into question by this covenantal innovation. In the words of the Authors of “Merit and Moses,” “Ironically, the republication teaching which was intended to preserve and protect the doctrine of justification, may (when consistently worked out) actually undercut this doctrine by which the church stands or falls.”

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

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