The Bible is No Blueprint for a Godly Commonwealth of Transformation of Culture

Daniel and some of his fellow believers at court fell into disfavor when they refused to participate in idolatry, but in all other respects they honored the king.  The same advice is found in I Thessalonians 4:9-12: no blueprint for a godly commonwealth of transformation of culture, but a call to faithful members of the church and “to live quietly and to mind your own business, so that you may live properly before outsides and be dependent on no one.”  In other words, it is an era of participating in the common culture together with non-Christians and participating in the heavenly communion of saints that is made visible on earth only in the church.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 246


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