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The Law of Perfect Freedom: Relating to God and Others through the Ten Commandments Paperback – January 1, 2004
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Before coming to WSC, Michael Horton completed a Research Fellowship at Yale University Divinity School. He is a member of various societies, including the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society, and author of thirty books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics published by Westminster John Knox, whose final volume (People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology) was published in 2008 and won the 2008 Christianity Today Book of the Year award in Theology.
His most recent book is Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World. He has written articles for Modern Reformation, Pro Ecclesia, Christianity Today, The International Journal of Systematic Theology, Touchstone, and Books and Culture.
Michael Horton is a minister in the United Reformed Churches of North America, and lives in Escondido, with his wife, Lisa, and four children.
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A decade ago Michael Horton emphatically stated: 'That is why, throughout this book we will make a conscious effort to see these commandments not merely as stones to throw at secular society, but as a witness to our unfaithful record at the end of the 20th century.' Horton starts out by immediately directing our attention to important distinctions that have now become blurred, e.g. God's revealed will and God's secret will; the sustainability of the moral (God's) law and the passing of the Jewish ceremonial and civil law; the confusion between the gospel and civil 'righteousness', as set forth by J Gresham Machen a century ago; and the false dichotomy created repeatedly between the Spirit and the Word, as if they had competing agendas. 'Only the Spirit can take those dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1) and make them alive. And once one is made alive, he or she is able to respond positively and affectionately to the law of God for the first time.' p 26
Throughout the Bible sin and its consequences are depicted in uncompromising terms. Israel's failure to walk before God alone and forsake her unfaithful ways brought God remorse. 'We cannot be expected to put God at the centre of our existence if He is not at the center of our theological system.' p 76 Yet that is precisely what happened. "There is no hesed (covenant loyalty), no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land." Hosea 4:1 Horton recounts the enormity of the consequences this had on Israel as a nation, as divine judgment followed.
Though they were a people under the law, Israel was still expected to maintain the spiritual relation presupposed by the patriarchs in the covenant of grace.Read more ›
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Seventh Day doctrine, which has some misconceptions.Published 14 months ago by Elizabeth L. Arseneau
This is a good read and it's a item to hold onto for future edification in the word of God. I recommend this book to anyone seeking a closer view of the 10 commandments!Published on January 10, 2014 by L. Ford