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Kerk en owerheid binne ’n regstaat. Die profetiese roeping van die kerk met betrekking tot die Suid-Afrikaanse owerheid

N. Vorster, J.H. Van Wyk
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 34, No 1 | a589 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v34i1.589 | © 1970 N. Vorster, J.H. Van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2000 | Published:

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N. Vorster, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
J.H. Van Wyk, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

Church and government within a constitutional state. The prophetic calling of the church towards the South-African government

With the transition to a new political dispensation in South Africa, a constitutional state has been established. A typical characteristic of this new dispensation is that the government remains neutral while the executive powers are subject to the Bill of Human Rights. The question of how the church can realize its prophetic task towards the government within the context of a constitutional state is highlighted in this article. The central theoretical argument is that a constitutional state that acknowledges fundamental rights provides an excellent opportunity for the church to fulfil its prophetic calling within the South African context. The church can contribute to a just society by prophetic testimony within the perspective of the kingdom of God.

Keywords

Kuypers View; Church As Institution; Church As Organism; Relation Between Church And Government; Church Order; Constitutional State; Kingdom; General And Particular Grace; Neutral Government; Political Dispensation With Theocratic Elements; Prophetic Task

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