Life Library — Two Kingdoms
The Christian a Citizen of Two Kingdoms
Every person is a subject of two kingdoms — one spiritual, the other earthly. Both the godly and ungodly are citizens of an earthly kingdom or country. However, Lutherans are not always as great a blessing to their country as they should be.
We are all citizens of two kingdoms. One is the kingdom of this world. Christian citizenship will advance the cause of movements that strengthen the guarantees of order and law, keep separate church and state, keep sacred the institution of marriage, and protect the morals of youth.
The LCMS and the Public Square in the Era of C.F.W. Walther
When we look to Walther and our synodical forebears for advice on the question of the church and the public square, we find little encouragement for political activism on the part of the church.
Lutheran Ethics in View of Justification, Sanctification and the Two “Kingdoms”
The Christian is justified and brought to faith by God’s grace alone. Only by properly understanding his motives for ethical behavior and discerning the realm in which he finds himself can the Christian begin to evaluate what would be the most ethical courses of actions.
Righteousness Exalteth a Nation
Christians alone are able to do good works that God is pleased to accept for Jesus’ sake as fruits of their faith. But they pray fervently to God to spare their country from severe punishment, and they do everything in their power to improve the moral conditions.
The Social Doctrine of the Augsburg Confession and its Significance for the Present
In this essay, Hermann Sasse describes the theology of the “two regimens” (more commonly called “two kingdoms”) of the state and the church. Sasse addresses the widespread misunderstanding of the kingdom of God.
The Two Governments and the Two Kingdoms in Luther’s Thought
Martin Luther sought to answer two fundamental questions. First, what is the purpose and task of secular authority and what should be the attitude of a Christian called to exercise it? Second, what are the proper limits of secular authority and the fitting relationship between it and spiritual authority?
The Two Realms in the Lutheran Confessions
The distinction between the two realms or governments is a central and distinctive feature of Christianity. The distinction between the spiritual and the political realms differentiates not between interior spirituality and outward institutions, but between evangelical and legal institutions.