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Megachurch Pastor Says Christians Are Not Required to Obey Old Testament Commands

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OK, someone will help me out I am sure, but wasn't this controversy brought up in Acts, and the resolution was something like, "refrain from blood, sexual immorality, and things offered to idols" followed by "no other charge do we lay upon them" when speaking of the Greeks coming to the Knowledge and Salvation of Christ?

 

I am not "discounting" the value and teachings of the Old Testament -- a lot of "good stuff" in there -- but when was the last time you sacrificed a lamb on an altar?

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Of course we are not under the law anymore, which is what Jesus accomplished on the Cross.  However, we are now supposed to view the events and teachings in the old testament through the lens of the new testament.  A good place to start to sort this out is the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus further explains what it truly means to violate a commandment.

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From the article: “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.”

 

The problem for Andy Stanley is that 9 of the 10 commandments of the Decalogue are repeated in the New Covenant. Thus Christians are required to obey them. 

https://www.christforums.com/forums/topic/6381-all-of-the-old-covenant-commands-are-obsolete-hebrews-813/#comments

 

Mr. Stanley is not new new to controversy.

https://www.christforums.com/forums/topic/4572-andy-stanley-and-the-virgin-birth/?tab=comments#comment-21952

 

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At ACTS.15:24-29 & 21:20-25, God has exempted Gentile Christians from the burdensome part of Moses Law, but not Jewish Christians.

 

But bear in mind that the keeping of the Law does not justify the law-keepers for salvation, whether former Jews or Gentiles. Only faith in Jesus Christ justifies.(GALATIANS.2:9-17)

....... The breaking of God's Law brings forth the curses of God = a sad and short life on earth - DEUT.28:15, 1COR.11:30, 1JOHN.5:16, ROMANS.2:10. The keeping of the Law by Christians removes the grave risk of losing salvation through losing faith while suffering the horrible curses of God for sins/evil-deeds/law-breaking - 1COR.5:5, JOB.2:9.

 

A Christian who go and unrepentantly commit murder or blasphemy/apostasy/idolatry will likely be without faith in Christ = will not be saved from hell when he/she dies or is executed.(JOHN.5:14 & 8:11)

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2Ti 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 
2Ti 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 
2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

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On ‎9‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 12:09 PM, News Feeder said:

In a recent commentary for Relevant, Andy Stanley sparked controversy when he said that Christians have no obligation to obey commands found in the Old Testament.

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So according to Stanley its permissible for Christians to rob, steal, murder, disrespect parents , not love God with all our hearts and etc. ? Amazing that I have never heard the senior Stanley promote any such thing .

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As per GALATIANS.5:15-25, EPHESIANS.2:8-9 and HEBREWS.8:10-11, a born-again Christian should willingly do the works of the Law through the power of the Holy Spirit of God = walking in the Spirit and not fulfilling the lust of the flesh = saved from hell upon death and gains a good, peaceful, joyful, loving and long life on earth before death.

....... This can be easily achieved by born-again Jewish Christians who were formerly law-abiding Jews from childhood(eg the apostles and the rich young Jewish ruler of MATTHEW.19:16-23); ... but not so for many born-again Gentile Christians who were formerly law-breaking or lawless Gentiles from childhood, eg sexual immorality, drug addiction/alcoholism/chain-smoking/psychotropic prescription pill addiction, ancestral idolatry/worship, witchcraft/sorcery, worldly sins, etc.

 

As per ACTS.15:1-29 & 21:20-25 and 1CORINTHIANS.3:1-3, new born-again Gentile Christians should begin their life in the Spirit by keeping the 4 simple laws of Moses, ie avoid eating blood, idol-sacrificed food, strangled animals and sexual immorality, and slowly learn to keep the other non-burdensome laws, eg the Ten Commandments, DEUT.18:9-14, LEV.10:9 and other morality laws.

 

Because of entrenched past sins/evil-deeds/law-breaking when they were formerly lawless Gentiles, some new Gentile Christians may not be able to keep certain non-burdensome laws and have to suffer the consequences, eg drug addicts/alcoholics/chain-smokers/coffee-addicts/prescription pill-addicts, the mentally disabled, etc. No one should condemn such down-trodden Gentile Christians as being unsaved for not keeping certain non-burdensome laws of Moses. eg there is a self-righteous Christian(= a Pharisee or Judaizer.?) who condemns other Christians as being unsaved for not "feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting sick prisoners" by misinterpreting MATTHEW.25:26-45.

....... Of course, this does not preclude the miraculous healing power of God wrt substance addiction, mental and physical disabilities.

 

As per GALATIANS.2:9-17, remember that salvation is solely by faith in Jesus Christ, ie not by the works of the Law - even if done through the Spirit. Hence, 1COR.5:4-5 says, "4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."

....... IOW, Christians will only be unsaved if they lose faith, abandon the faith, renounce the faith, depart from the faith, etc, ie not if they go and commit sins unrepentantly, even though by doing so will subject the Christians to the grave risk of becoming unsaved by losing faith while suffering for their sins, eg JOB.2:9.

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