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Salt, Yeast, Lamps, And Gadflies: Biblical Guides For Christian Identity And Civil Society

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Metaphors allow everyone to say what they mean. 'Salt' and 'lamp' are regarding infiltration. Infiltration in case of 'yeast' can be negative and positive. The metaphor 'gadfly' is the most obscure of the set and is relevant to the topic Christian identity and civil society. God is not as easily fooled by religious and patriotic rhetoric. Three gadflies of God: Isaiah of Jerusalem, Micaiah ben Imlah, and Elijah at Mt. Horeb are described in the chapter. Isaiah lands squarely on the neck of the people of God. The story of Micaiah raises the question on How to distinguish between true and false prophecy? In the story of Elijah at Mt. Horeb, God reminds everyone that sometimes even without understanding fully, there is a need to step out in faith and do what God asks to do. By the grace of God, it may be understood later.

Keywords: Christian identity; civil society; Elijah; gadfly; Isaiah; lamp; Micaiah; salt; yeast



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