Five Solas


Rousas John Rushdoony The Institutes of Biblical Law II. 1

Rousas John Rushdoony The Institutes of Biblical Law II. 1


Rousas John Rushdoony

The Institutes of Biblical Law: A Chalcedon Study, Nutley, N.J.: Craig Press, 1973, pp.63-100

1. The Lawful Approach to God
2. The Throne of Law
3. The Altar and Capital Punishment
4. Sacrifice and Responsibility
5. Holiness and Law
6. Law as Warfare
7. Law and Equality


1. The Lawful Approach to God

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Ex. 20:4-6; cf. Deut. 5:8-10) (p.63)

 The first commandment prohibits idolatry in the broad sense. There can be none other god than the Lord. These other gods are man-made substitutes for the true God. As Ingram noted, "the other gods about whom we must be concerned are, as they ever have been, to be found in the seats of temporal, or human, government." The Biblical definition of idolatry is obviously a  broad one; thus, St. Paul declares that "no covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God” (Eph. 5:5). Again, in Colossians 3:5, reference is made to "covetousness, which is idolatry." Lenski noted, "A Catholic priest states that during his long years of service all kinds of sins and crimes were confessed to him in the confessional but never the sin of covetousness." (p.63)