Two great quotes from R.J. Rushdoony’s The Institutes of Biblical Law.
[T]he reduction of religion to the church is a modern heresy; the domain of religion is the whole of life, and the concern of the sanctuary was the total life. (69)
It is truncated and defective faith which stops at the altar. The altar signifies redemption. It sets forth thus the rebirth of the believer. But rebirth for what? Without the dimension of law, life is denied the meaning and purpose of rebirth. Not surprisingly, altar-centered faith is heaven-centered and rapture-centered rather than God-centered. It seeks an escape from the world rather than fulfillment of God’s calling and law-word in the world. It has no knowledge of the throne. (73)