The Church is not the Civil Magistrate
By T.M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe:
The Church does not act in civil matters.
Law in the Kingdom (3)
I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! 1 Corinthians 6.5, 6
Justice in the civil arena
We’re examining some of the criteria which must guide contemporary believers in applying the Law of God to life in the Church and the Kingdom economy today. We have said that the Church is not ancient Israel. Rather, as the new Israel, living in the age of grace and the Spirit, church leaders will need to reflect carefully – following the example of Jesus and the Apostles – on how the statutes and precepts of ancient Israel are to be obeyed in our own day.
We do not keep the Law in order to earn our salvation, but to realize our salvation, prove our discipleship, and thus make progress in spreading the grace of Jesus Christ to all people.