the curse and the blessing
Read pp. 660 -664 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, The Curse and the Blessing, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. To one investigating the Christian Faith, doesn’t this section make the whole endeavor seem too much for man to accomplish and achieve any success?
2. At what point can we safely move beyond our fear of God’s curses?
3. Is Rushdoony saying that we should not anticipate specific blessings from God, just to take whatever happens and call it blessing?
4. It has been said that the devil is a Calvinist – that he understands the doctrines of grace, justification, God’s sovereignty etc., without submitting to them. How can “good Calvinist” human beings be vulnerable to God’s curses in their “correct theology”? Support your answer.
5. What does it mean to “take God at His word”? What are the implications of failing to do so?
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