the priesthood of all believers
Read pp. 761 - 765 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, The Priesthood of All Believers, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. Why is there a confusion between the different kinds of priesthoods (Aaron’s and the priesthood of all believers?
2. Why is this confusion inevitable if the law is not identified and taught as the means of sanctification?
3. In the light of this section, why are baptism and the Lord’s Supper important aspects of covenant membership? Why is participation of children vital?
4. Given the perspective that Rushdoony holds, why would many consider him to be taking power away from the church?
5. Does local self-government have to mean autonomy? Does submitting to the authority of the church have to mean tyranny?
6. Is the concept of “reigning on earth” one that is readily accepted today? If not, why not?
7. In most settings (other than orthodox ones) democracy is seen as a good thing. How has this misconception actually fueled statism?
8. Rushdoony claims that the priesthood of all believers has a practical purpose. What is it?
9. In what way can you apply your priesthood to the context of your life? Give personal examples.
10. Why is it difficult for people today to posit a decentralized governance of society beginning with the self-governance of the individual?
11. In light of last week’s discussion about those who rightfully should be barred from baptism, does this section alter your perspective one way or the other?
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