Five Solas


Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.449

Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.449

VIII. The Eighth Commandment

Rousas John Rushdoony

The Institutes of Biblical Law: A Chalcedon Study, Nutley, N.J.: Craig Press, 1973, pp.448-541

1. Dominion
2. Theft
3. Restitution and Forgiveness
4. Liability of the Bystander
5. Money and Measures
6. Usury
7. Responsibility
8. Stealing Freedom
9. Landmarks and Land
10. The Virgin Birth and Property
11. Fraud
12. Eminent Domain
13. Labor Laws
14. Robbing God
15. Prison
16. Lawful Wealth
17. Restitution to God
18. The Rights of Strangers, Widows, and Orphans
19. Injustice as Robbery
20. Theft and Law


 Clearly, there is no hope for man except in regeneration. The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Divines, in dealing with the image of God declared: (p.449)


Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures (Gen. 1:26-28; Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24). (p.449)

問10 神は、人間をどのように創造されましたか。
答 神は、知識と義と聖性において御自身のかたちに従い、被造物に対する支配権を持つ者として、人間を、男性と女性に創造されました。(創世記1章26~28節、コロサイの信徒への手紙3章10節、エフェソの信徒への手紙4章24節)。

 The salvation of man includes his restoration into the image of God and the calling implicit in that image, to subdue the earth and to exercise dominion. Hence, the proclamation of the gospel was also the proclamation of the Kingdom of God, according to all the New Testament. (p.449)


 A radical deformation of the gospel and of the redeemed man’s calling crept into the church as a result of Neoplatonism. Dominion was renounced, the earth regarded as the devil’s realm, the body despised, and a false humility and meekness cultivated. Dominion was regarded as a burden of the flesh rather than a godly responsibility. Especially with Pietism, Jesus was pictured as meek and helpless, pacifistic and mild of manner. (p.449)