Christ and Culture

Culture receives its meaning from the meaning of history… Historic Christianity… believes that Christ stands at the center of history…. According to Scripture, Christ is king not only in his natural prerogative as eternal Logos, co-equal with the Father and the Spirit, but he has been anointed Mediatorial king in virtue of his obedience and sacrifice rendered on Calvary… Whereas the first Adam fell into sin and disobedience through the subtlety of Satan, Christ as second Adam fulfilled all righteousness and he finished the work given him by the Father. In his office as Mediator, Christ is the Reconciler of the world, the first principle (arche’) and Logos of history, the Key to Culture…

The kingdom of our Lord is broader than the church as a visible organization, although the visible church is one of the most important manifestations of that kingdom in this world. But, as a matter of fact, the citizens of the kingdom of God are also members of families, of societies and nations, and as such they must show their allegiance to the King.

Henry Van Til, The Calvinistic Concept of Culture


5 Responses

  1. Good quote. Did my post answer any of your precious culture post?

    As an aside: What is the relation of Henry to Cornelius?

  2. Dave,

    See my response at Cultural Engagement…

    As for this quote – I have seen it referenced quite often and thought it worth a post…

    As for Henry and Corny…

    I guess they were both Dutch!

    I’m not sure if they are actually related…


  3. I love this quote. I love the thought of pledging allegiance to the King of culture, but not in the way marketing companies want me to.

  4. Nathan,

    I agree – Men will use anything to get a following or make a buck (all in the name of reaching the lost of course) Preachers market the Church (this is often the language they use in the pulpit) so the people follow the example – they even have “Jesus bobble head dolls” now:

    These “Jesus trinkets” many times are marketed by Christians who have a very low view of God. This low view of God comes from contemporary church leaders who have refused to preach the whole council of God.

    As Carl Trueman said:

    “Think truncated thoughts about God and you’ll get a truncated God; read an expurgated Bible and you get an expurgated theology; sing mindless, superficial rubbish instead of deep, truly emotional praise and you will eventually become what you sing.” (The Wages of Spin)

    May God raise up faithful preachers of the Gospel in the land once again…


    PS If you could – I’d like your thoughts on my post titled “Cultural Engagement”…

  5. I love the Trueman quote. The more of his stuff I read the more I like his writing!

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