David Cook, current moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Australia has posted the first of three articles on areas of systematic theology that he believes need special attention in order that the people of God may live out the freedom Christ has earned for them.

The first is on the place of the law in the believer’s life.
Read it here.

In a series on the Ten Commandments the preacher may well lay the keeping of the commandments as the burden of the sermon, simply replacing the Sabbath in the Fourth Commandment, with the Lord’s Day now.
However, redemption is always previous to law. In Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments begin in verse 2 with the reminder that God has redeemed his people.
Redemption is not conditioned by obedience but obedience is to be the fruit of redemption.
The law is never the means of achieving relationship with God, it is how God’s old covenant people were to live if they were to know His blessing.
Wilful, habitual disobedience was indicative of a lack of respect for God’s covenant and the redemptive act which was as its centre.
Read the whole article.

4 thoughts on “How Then, Should We Live? – New Article by David Cook

  1. Ben Palmer says:

    Surely David Cook would believe in the Third Use of the Law, but to me this article doesn’t clearly demonstrate that he does. Also he doesn’t seem terribly close to the Westminster Standards take on the fourth commandment. Perhaps this indicates the future trajectory of the PCA?

    1. Gary Ware says:

      Your observations are understandable.
      I believe Chapter 21 of the Confession falls under those that the GAA have declared fall under liberty of opinion not affecting the doctrine of the whole. (ie. Chapters 1-18/19? – I forget – are considered needing to be held as a whole. And Baptism. The last GAA affirmed covenant baptism as necessary for office bearers.)

      1. bearbrass says:

        Hey Gary I wasn’t suggesting that he doesn’t have the right to liberty of opinion on this within the PCA… Just trying to discern where he stands and what he is teaching and how they line up with (my notion of) confessional reformed orthodoxy.

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