(NOTE: This post is part of a series showing the errors of so-called Two-Kingdom Theology. We refer to it as "so-called" Two-Kingdom Theology because what the church historically has meant by "Two-Kingdoms" bears little resemblance to what Escondido Theology men mean when they write it today. Thus sometimes we write "Two-Kingdom Theology," but more often we write "Radical Two Kingdom," "Rigid Two Kingdom," or "R2K.")
I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. --2 Timothy 1:12b
For over a decade, now, liberal men in Reformed denominations such as the PCA, OPC, and URC have fought like dogs to silence any witness by their churches that might look like a salvo in the culture war. Hypersensitive to being perceived as co-belligerents with those simple Christians who still believe in their calling to suffer as witnesses to the Gospel by guarding the good deposit, fulfilling the Church's calling as the pillar and foundation of the truth, and obeying our Master's command to be salt and light, these men demonstrate a cunning servility to the growing decadence of these United States. Wielding millions of words, they work assiduously to cloak themselves in Scripture and the subordinate standards as they scurry about silencing God's Word and Law in the public square.
Since almost no one reads history today, it's been relatively easy for these men to choose tidbits from here and there which are purported to support their project. Few know enough to call them on their revisionism and this is the reason Darrell Todd Maurina's post, "
What is (R)2-K theology and why does it matter..." elicited such endless comments and gnashing of the teeth. R2K men aren't used to having the spotlight turned on their tendentious abuse of church history, the subordinate standards, and the writings of Reformed fathers.
Picking and sorting their way backward through Protestant history..., feverishly searching for support for their queer trade of disengagement, they hit gold with the ante-bellum Southern Presbyterian defense of slavery. Hiding behind that very pious phrase, "the spirituality of the church," it seems not to bother them in the least that this rubric used to defend slavery continues to this very day to cause Reformed doctrine to be a stench in the eyes of godly black Americans. I've been told this myself by a godly black Reformed pastor, and having read Dabney's bio of Stonewall Jackson containing his defense of slavery, I have no difficulty understanding their well-informed position...