Five Solas


Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, pp.740-741

Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, pp.740-741

XIV. The Church

Rousas John Rushdoony

The Institutes of Biblical Law: A Chalcedon Study, Nutley, N.J.: Craig Press, 1973, pp.739-781

1. The Meaning of Eldership
2. The Office of Elder in the Church
3. The Christian Passover
4. Circumcision and Baptism
5. The Priesthood of All Believers
6. Discipline
7. Rebukes and Excommunication
8. Power and Authority
9. Peace


 The fact that the church took over the office of elder from Israel is an aspect of its claim to be the new and true Israel of God. The church was now God’s true synagogue, and its people the new Israel. The purpose of the office was to create a new society, the Kingdom of God, to institute the new creation by means of the discipline of its law-word. The seal of God’s approval on the church as the new Israel, and the elders as the new office-bearers of God’s law, was the laying on of hands and the implied anointing of the Holy Ghost (1 Tim. 4:14). (pp.740-741)