There is a resounding call in Hebrews which we cannot forget without going astray: "Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach" (13:13). This is a summons to break with Judaism, i.e. the reigning, commanding culture of the Hebrews, and to serve Christ, the Redeemer-King, fully and faithfully, without compromise. In our time, it calls for a break, not only with the prevailing culture of humanistic statism and its messianic claims and pretensions, but also with a wayward church that has made itself the handmaiden to Christ's enemies.
When James, in his epistle, says that faith without works is dead, he tells us that faith is not a mere matter of words, but it is of necessity a matter of life. We are dead men if we no longer can breathe, and we are spiritually dead if our faith is unaccompanied by works. Too many churches are like graveyards because too many members have no living faith. "Pure religion" requires Christian charity and action. Anything short of this is a self-delusion. James' letter is a corrective the church needs badly. Jude similarly recalls us to Jesus Christ's apostolic commission: "Remember the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ." Jude's letter is usually classified as an apocalyptic tract, but we cannot forget that all the Bible speaks of is a division between fallen and redeemed humanity, between the saved and the lost, of the necessity for a new creation beginning with us, and of the inescapable triumph of the Kingdom of God.
- Title: Hebrews, James, and Jude
- Author: Rousas John Rushdoony
- Publisher: Ross House Books
- Publication Date: 2001
- Pages: 238
About Rousas John Rushdoony
Rousas John Rushdoony was a well-known American scholar, writer, and author of over thirty books. He held B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California and received his theological training at the Pacific School of Religion. An ordained minister, he worked as a missionary among Paiute and Shoshone Indians and as a pastor to two California churches. He founded the Chalcedon Foundation, an educational organization devoted to research, publishing, and cogent communication of a distinctively Christian scholarship to the world at large. His writing in the Chalcedon Report and his numerous books inspired a generation of believers to be active in reconstructing the world to the glory of Jesus Christ. Until his death, he resided in Vallecito, California, where he engaged in research, lecturing, and assisting others in developing programs to put faith into action.