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Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.301

Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.301

VI. The Sixth Commandment

Rousas John Rushdoony

The Institutes of Biblical Law: A Chalcedon Study, Nutley, N.J.: Craig Press, 1973, pp.219-332

1. “Thou Shalt Not Kill”
2. The Death Penalty
3. Origins of the State: Its Prophetic Office
4. “To Make Alive”
5. Hybridization and Law
6. Abortion
7. Responsibility and Law
8. Restitution or Restoration
9. Military Laws and Production
10. Taxation
11. Love and the Law
12. Coercion
13. Quarantine Laws
14. Dietary Rules
15. Christ and the Law
16. Work
17. Amalek
18. Amalek and Violence
19. Violence as Presumption
20. Social Inheritance: Landmarks


 To what extent are the Mosaic dietary laws still valid for us? Acts 10 is commonly cited as abolishing the old dietary restrictions. There is no reason for this opinion. Peter’s vision did not instruct him to eat pork, dogs, cats, or the like: it prepared him for the coming of Cornelius’s servants. The Gentiles were to be received into the kingdom: “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common” (Acts 10:15). Peter did not see the meaning of the vision as a permission to eat forbidden foods. Rather, he said, “Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (Acts 10:28). There is no evidence in the chapter that the vision had anything to do with diet; it did have everything to do with the Great Commission and the admission of Gentiles into the kingdom. (p.301)

 However, in Colossians 2:16-17, there is a clear reference to the dietary laws: (p.301)

 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (p.301)