Quick Thought on Extreme Theonomy

Proponents of theonomy (or what I would like to call “extreme” theonomy) want to push God’s civil law in which He ordained for Israel onto the nation. As the Westminster Confessions of Faith affirm in 19th chapter and 4th part:

“To them also, as a body politic, He gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the State of that people; not obliging under any now, further than the general equity thereof may require.”

Although a consistent proponent of theonomy would see Deuteronomy 22:22 :

“If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.”

and again in Leviticus 20:10:

““If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”

and have to push for both in his system of interpretation.

Yet Jesus the Christ brings up an outstanding point that His people should abide by in John the 8th Chapter v.3-7

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say? This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

In verse 7 our Lord says “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

The very God , Whom instituted the law above, pointed out to the people that they had no basis in condemning her, as all of them had sinned.

To remain consistent, they would all have to stone each other (Matthew 5:27-28)


2 Responses to “Quick Thought on Extreme Theonomy”

  1. Thanks for stopping by my
    Blog. I’m going to respond to your question regarding covenant breakeres.

    Regarding the woman caught in adultery, you might wish to look at this: http://reformedapologist.blogspot.com/2009/04/anti-theonomists-are-often-quick-to.html

    Best wishes,


  2. Resequitur Says:

    wow, thanks for the reference. It has given me a lot to chew on. I can somewhat sympathize with the thought behind it, being that 1) The WCF don’t explicitly deny it outright and 2) I like reading Bahnsen, who was a theonomist. I find that there is indeed more I need to work through!

    God bless!

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