The Decalogue Project: Disciples from Six Continents Engage God’s Ten Commandments, the latest book in the WEA World of Theology series, is now available
The latest book in the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEA) World of Theology (WoT) series has invited contributors from six different continents to apply the Ten Commandments to contemporary issues facing society in their unique context. Co-edited by Professor Thomas K. Johnson and Professor William S. Barker, the book was a collaborative project between the WEA and the World Reformed Fellowship. The book is available for free download in PDF format (see link below).
Bishop Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, WEA General Secretary, said, “I deeply believe that churches from different ethnic groups and cultures add as many different gifts to the body of Christ as do different movements from denominational backgrounds. One such group in our family is the World Reformed Fellowship (WRF), particularly strong in missiological and systematic theology and in preserving biblical traditions and beliefs over the past 500 years in our movement. So, I asked the WRF to work on a solid Ten Commandments book for their camp as a gift to the entire WEA family. Oh man, it really worked! What emerged was an updated defense of our family’s shared commandments and values that have been more threatened today in the world than at any time before.
In his introduction to the draft decalogue, co-editor Professor Thomas K. Johnson, who is Senior Theological Advisor to WEA, Special Envoy to the Vatican and Special Envoy to Engage Humanitarian Islam, quoted Psalm 1 , who says: “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the council of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the place of scoffers! but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Johnson writes, “Our team of scholars from six continents has invested thousands of hours meditating on the law of God on behalf of the millions of members of the body of Christ. We have not done this in lieu of your efforts, but rather to urge you to join us in our meditation. Our meditation on the law of God is an organic component of our discipleship of Jesus Christ, to whom we belong.
And co-editor Professor William S. Barker, Emeritus Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, writes for the cover page: “In the 21st century, which tends to celebrate diversity, it is important that Christians appreciate and act on what unites us. Down through the ages since the New Testament era, there have been three provisions of God to unite His people: declarations of faith (“the faith which was handed down to the saints once for all” – Jude 3), to express our most fundamental beliefs; the Lord’s Prayer, to guide our worship and communication with God; and the Ten Commandments, to govern our moral lives. Finding ourselves in a world of increasing relativity, our unity is strengthened, within our diversity of peoples and cultures, by recognizing that our Lord has spoken a universal standard that is true and enduring in the Ten Commandments. The writings in this book, from many countries and continents, apply the Ten Commandments to contemporary issues with the authority of God’s Word and for His glory.
In addition to reflections on each of the Ten Commandments, the book includes chapters that address questions such as “The Ten Commandments: Given by God? and “Are the Ten Commandments still valid?” In addition, it contains brief appendices on contemporary issues of pornography, abortion in the United States after Roe vs. Wadeand homosexuality.
The book is available for download here.