“Participants in the new covenant are not required to obey any of the commandments”
By Paul Bois
January 10, 2019
A note from Pastor Kevin Lea follows this article.
Popular megachurch pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries (NPM) says Christians need to stop erecting monuments to the Ten Commandments because they apparently no longer apply to Christians, which is completely false.
In a piece posted to Relevant Magazine on Monday, Pastor Stanley said that since the Ten Commandments come from the old covenant, Christians should stop erecting monuments dedicated to them. He completely misses the point that Christianity has commonly taught that the coming of Jesus Christ fulfills the old covenant, not replaces it.
It also teaches that while the new covenant implemented by Jesus Christ does away with ceremonial laws, the moral laws remain forever. That means the 10 Commandments apply to Christians every bit as much today as they did during the time of Moses.
“If we’re going to create a monument to stand as a testament to our faith, shouldn’t it at least be a monument of something that actually applies to us?” Stanley openly pontificated. “Participants in the new covenant (that’s Christians) are not required to obey any of the commandments found in the first part of their Bibles. Participants in the new covenant are expected to obey the single command Jesus issued as part of his new covenant: as I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
He continued, “But how many times have you seen Christians trying to post the text of the sermon on the mount in a public place? Or the all-encompassing commandment Jesus gave us?”
Stanley goes on to say that this commandment from Christ is “a replacement for everything in the existing list. Including the big ten.” “Just as his new covenant replaced the old covenant, Jesus’ new commandment replaced all the old commandments,” Stanley contended.
Stanley also bemoaned the fact that too many congregations place too much emphasis on the old covenant.
“Jesus was foreshadowed in the old covenant, he did not come to extend it,” he said. “Dear Christian reader: Why? Why? Why would we even be tempted to reach back beyond the cross to borrow from a covenant that was temporary and inferior to the covenant established for us at Calvary?”
The Old Testament is an indispensable part of Sacred Scripture. Its books are divinely inspired and retain a permanent value,’ for the Old Covenant has never been revoked.
Indeed, “the economy of the Old Testament was deliberately so oriented that it should prepare for and declare in prophecy the coming of Christ, redeemer of all men.” “Even though they contain matters imperfect and provisional,” the books of the Old Testament bear witness to the whole divine pedagogy of God’s saving love: these writings “are a storehouse of sublime teaching on God and of sound wisdom on human life, as well as a wonderful treasury of prayers; in them, too, the mystery of our salvation is present in a hidden way.
“Christians venerate the Old Testament as true Word of God. The Church has always vigorously opposed the idea of rejecting the Old Testament under the pretext that the New has rendered it void.”
The concept that the Old Testament no longer applies to Christians is actually a heresy known as Marcionism going all the way back to the 2nd Century. Expounding on Paul’s characterization of the Mosaic Law as the cause of sin, Marcion desired a Christianity untainted by any elements of Judaism. He saw the God of the Old Testament as cruel and
To read this article in its entirety, go to: https://www.dailywire.com/news/42048/popular-megachurch-pastor-says-10-commandments-no-paul-bois
Note from Pastor Kevin Lea: For decades, hundreds of thousands of “Christians” across America have skipped church attendance because they could stay at home and watch Pastor Charles Stanley instead.
How sad it must be for the elder Stanley to see his son also preaching to hundreds of thousands with a message completely contrary to that of his dad. But this “new” message is the trend of many of the mega churches, including the ones that come into the living rooms of America every Sunday morning.
It is my prayer that this news will cause people to get off of their couches, obey God’s word and go join an actual church where they can fellowship with other true believers. However, I also realize that it is very likely that many pastors in their area are also wolves in sheep’s clothing spouting off the same false teachings as Andy. So what can they do then?
We must be getting close to our Lord and Savior, Jesus, coming to take the remnant home. Are you ready? If so, then you are probably just as grieved with this article as I was.