In previous installments in this series, I have presented deconstructions of Tithing, Opposition to Women in Ministry, “Jobian” Theology, and Religion. In this article, I will take on a subject that is near and dear to religious traditionalists and flagellants.
The Law of Moses, commonly referred to as “The Law.”
The law has a specific use in the New Covenant Church but it is neither a tool for discipleship nor is it a guide for “holy living.”
The difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is very similar to that between the Magna Carta (or even the Articles of Confederation) and the U.S. Constitution. The former outlines prophetic precedents and principles that have historical significance (i.e., what you’ve been delivered from), and the latter outlines the current governing principles.
The Law, when used lawfully (e.g., to show the desperate need for a Savior) is good – even though it has no ability to make anyone righteous or to impart holiness to anyone. However, it is frequently used unlawfully (i.e., as a tool of discipleship). The New Covenant is the revelation of Grace (God’s unmerited favor) and Truth in the person of Jesus Christ. Since all Scripture points to the centrality of the person of Jesus Christ, all Scripture must effectively reveal Him. In other words, the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed! Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law!
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust (1 Timothy 1:8-11)
Legalists will always surface to proclaim the primacy of the law. They incorrectly believe that Saints are saved by Grace but must be disciple by Law. The Apostles, in the establishment of the first-century Church had to correct this interpretation. Sadly this same spiritual schizophrenia is experienced by many Saints, today!
But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. (Acts 15:5)
More to come in my upcoming book, “Deconstructing Religion”
© 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)