Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

Affinity 02

Our second session was on the threefold division of the Mosaic Law, a view often under attack today. The paper was prepared by Iain D Campbell (Back Free Church). Mostyn Roberts (Welwyn) chaired.
Brief outline of the paper
1. Threefold division articulated
2. Historical considerations
Patristic thought; Aquinas; Calvin
3. Alternative considerations
4. Exegetical considerations
Manner of the giving of the Ten Commandments; Subsequent OT reflection on the law of God; Use of the concept of the law in the Gospels and Paul
5. Theological considerations
Adam prototype of Israel and Christ; Christ incarnation and embodiment of the law; Sin as violation of the moral precept; Atonement and its consequences as the vindication of the law's righteousness
6. Conclusion
We were also told that a PhD on the subject by Philip Ross has been completed plus various points such as the point that a covenant only formalises an existing relationship. The law should be seen as a generic development of the Abrahamic covenant. The importance of the preface to the commandments was stressed. It was denied that Sinai saw a republication of the covenant of works. The gospel is God's determination to save sinners.
Questions for clarification
It was questioned whether the statement that for Calvin the moral law, the 10 commandments were absolute and perpetual was correct. The difference between a relationship and a covenant was pursued. The remark that though the gospel gives us wings it is the law that gives us direction was queried. Etc.
Small groups
Here we looked at questions raised by the paper such as whether Adam broke all 1o commandments in one go (as Thomas Boston asserts) and made a little more progress.
Plenary Questions
This was when Doug Moo and the new covenant men came out fighting. They are clearly very unhappy with the threefold division but did not seem to me to make a valid case against it. 1 Corinthians 9 was mentioned and the oxen ploughing yet that does seem to be an example of drawing out the general equity of a civil law.

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