Saturday, September 10, 2016

An Open Letter to Dr. R.C. Sproul by John G. Reisinger

Let me clearly spell out my view of the Ten Commandments. I ask you to show me what I believe that deserves your condemnation of me as an ‘antinomian’ heretic. Please show me where I am anti-law in any sense whatever in my understanding of the Ten Commandments. Apart from viewing the Sabbath as a ceremonial law, I hold to the same set of ethical standards, raised to an even higher level, than Covenant Theology holds. At the end of the day, I think the most that can be consistently claimed is that New Covenant Theology, as I understand it, is antinomian only because it presents the Sabbath as a ceremonial and not a moral law. The nature of the Sabbath commandment is the crux of the entire case. To be consistent with the basic charge against me, you would also have to charge Luther, Calvin, James Montgomery Boice and John MacArthur with antinomianism since none of them were or are Sabbatarians.

Here is my view of the Ten Commandments, compared with that of Covenant Theology. Please show me where my view is antinomian.

One: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the first commandment - "No other gods" - see Exodus 20:3. I believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘be against the first commandment.’ (See also Acts 14:15 and 1 Cor. 8:6.)

Two: Do you believe that a Christian is duty bound to obey the second commandment - "No idols / images" - see Exodus 20:4-6. I also believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘be against the second commandment.’ (See also 1 John 5:21 and 1Cor. 10:7).

Three: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the third commandment - "Don’t take God’s name in vain" - see Exodus 20:7. I also believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘be against the third commandment.’ (See also James 5:12).

Four: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the fourth commandment - "Keep the Sabbath" - see Exodus 20:8-11. I believe and teach that Christ himself is our Sabbath and we "keep Sabbath with God" when we truly rest in Christ’s finished work of atonement. See our booklet, The Believer’s Sabbath (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2002). I believe the Sabbath was the ceremonial sign of the Mosaic covenant (Exod. 31:14-18).

Five: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the fifth commandment - "Honor your parents" - see Exodus 20:12. I also believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘be against the fifth commandment.’ (See also Eph. 6:1-3).

Six: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the sixth commandment - "No murder" - see Exodus 20:13. I also believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘against the sixth commandment.’ (See also 1 John 3:11-15 and Rom.13:9).

Seven: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the seventh commandment - "No adultery" - see Exodus 20:14. I also believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘against the seventh commandment.’ (See also Eph. 5:3-7 and 1 Cor. 6:9, 10).

Eight: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the eighth commandment - "No stealing" - see Exodus 20:15. I also believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘against the eighth commandment.’ (See also Eph. 4:28).

Nine: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the ninth commandment - "Don’t bear false witness" - see Exodus 20:16. I also believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘against the ninth commandment.’ (See also Col.3:9 and Eph. 4:25).

Ten: Do you believe and teach that a Christian is duty bound to obey the tenth commandment - "No coveting" - see Exodus 20:17. I also believe and teach the same thing. Breaking that commandment was, is, and always will be a sin. I cannot possibly be an antinomian, or ‘against the tenth commandment.’ (See Eph. 5:3-7)1

Dr. Sproul, can my view, as expressed above, in any sense whatsoever, be considered against law in general or against the Ten Commandments in particular?

The catch question that is often posed is this: "Do you believe that the Ten Commandments written with the finger of God upon the Tables of Stone are the rule of life for a Christian today?" Our reply is this: "We believe that the Ten Commandments, as they are interpreted and applied by our Lord and his apostles in the New Testament Scriptures, are a real and essential part of our rule of life." According to Morton Smith’s stated definition (page 10), the very most that I can be called is a 1/10 antinomian. The heart of the issue with New Covenant Theology and myself concerning the Ten Commandments boils down to whether the Fourth commandment, the Sabbath, is an eternal, unchanging, moral law, or the ceremonial sign of the covenant God made with Israel at Sinai (Exod. 31:14-17). As I understand it, the Sabbath alone is your real point of difference with New Covenant Theology. That one commandment alone is our only point of disagreement.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

NCT - Useful free pdf's and web resources


By David White on Friday, 11th March 2016 (updated)
Here is a collection of FREE downloads and resources for those interested in gaining an overview of what New Covenant Theology is. Not everything is agreed by everyone. But most of the main distinctives are common ground, and this will be apparent.
 
New Covenant Theology is all about exalting Christ, bringing full glory to Him in the practical outworking in redeemed, justified, sanctified lives of what He has won and is poured on us and in us through His Spirit.
 
It is not about winning theological arguments. It is not about 'being right' - it is about being Biblical. It is not about trashing the Old Testament - it is about employing that earlier revelation in the light of the 'spiritual supanova' which the sending of the Son brings. It is not about destroying the Law, it is about seeing that that shadow is now surpassed by the substance it hinted at.
 
New Covenant Theology wants to see the whole of God's revealed word about Christ, as God intends, and believers walking free in the Spirit as God's children - as He intends
 
 
1. New Covenant Theology - Interview with  A.Blake White 
 
http://wv4g.org/new-covenant-theology-interview-blake-white/ 
 
Summary - What Is New Covenant Theology?
http://ablakew.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/what-is-new-covenant-theology.html 
 
2. New Covenant Theology and the Mosaic Law by Fred G. Zaspel
 A Theological and Exegetical Analysis of Matthew 5:17-20 
 
http://www.biblicalstudies.com/bstudy/expostudy/nctlaw.htm 
 
3. New Covenant Theology - questions answered by Steve Lehrer 
 
http://ids.org/pdf/nctbook.pdf
 
4. What Is New Covenant Theology? by Douglas Goodin (CrossToCrown Ministries)
Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHR99-rnqt8
Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haZ6pn9Ioiw 
 
5.  The New Covenant Confession of Faith
Authored by the Elders of New Covenant Bible Fellowship
 
http://ids.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/NCBFconfession2014.pdf 
 
6. When Did the Old Covenant End and the New Covenant Begin? by Peter Ditzel
 
http://www.wordofhisgrace.org/newcovenantstart.pdf
 
7. Abraham's Four Seeds by John G Reisinger
 
http://www.worldwithoutend.info/bbc/books/NC/abrahams_seed/toc.htm
 
8. Five Reasons Why I Object to Classic NCT's Definition of the Law of Christ by Todd Braye
http://christmycovenant.com/?p=1789 
 
9. Completed By The Spirit by Ed Trefzger
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trefzger.org%2F2011%2F09%2F16%2Fcompleted-by-the-spirit-download-the-original-paper%2F&h=GAQHLVGOM
 
 
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mp3s
 
On Sanctification:-
1. David Peterson's Moore College Annual lectures set on Sanctification
 
https://myrrh.library.moore.edu.au/handle/10248/7609
 
2. Moe Bergeron's talks
 
Part 1
http://christmycovenant.com/?p=11214
Part 2
http://christmycovenant.com/?p=11234
Part 3
http://christmycovenant.com/?p=11244
 
On NCT subjects:
1. Brian Rosner's  Moore College Annual lectures set on Paul and the Law 
http://myrrh.library.moore.edu.au/handle/10248/7622
 
2. Steve Atkerson on NCT at Sermon Audio
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=105121830350
 
3. New Covenant Theology - A Challenge or a Threat  Frederick Serjant
 
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=124151357522
pdf:- http://pdf.sa-media.com/media/124151357522/124151357522.pdf
 
4. Thomas Shreiner - Galatians
http://tonyreinke.com/2011/05/20/thomas-schreiner-sermons-galatians/
 
5. John G Reisinger - Paul's View of the Law (1985 John Bunyan Conference)
 http://crosstocrown.org/audio/john-bunyan-conference-1987/ 
 
6John G Reisinger - Tablets of Stone
http://crosstocrown.org/audio/tablets-of-stone/
 
8. John Bunyan Conference 2014 (Wellum, Gentry, White, West, McCall) - Address series based on the book 'Kingdom Through Covenant'This is a more technical look at the whole subject of 'covenant' in the Bible.
http://crosstocrown.org/audio/john-bunyan-conference-2014-wellum-gentry-white-west-mccall/
 
 
Websites:
1. Christ My Covenant
http://christmycovenant.com/ 
 
2. In-Depth Studies
http://ids.org/
 
3. Cross To Crown Incorporates Sound Of Grace - John G Reisinger's former site
http://crosstocrown.org/  
 
4. Word of His Grace Some good articles, downloadable pdf’s (free) here. 
http://www.wordofhisgrace.org/
 
 
Other Links:
 
1. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
 
http://www.bible-researcher.com/chicago1.html

Friday, August 7, 2015

Free Offer - High Calvinist Pull-string Dolls

I have a hypothetically sufficient supply of my high-Calvinist pull-string dolls that I offer to any and all high-Calvinists. They don't actually exist for them, but hey, they won't want them anyway, so 'no problema,' to use some Spanish lingo and some more commas to boot. But, I will Char-knock them if they disobey my offer, which doesn't really exist for them.
         
The wind-up high-Calvinist doll with a pull string on the back comes in your favorite high-Calvinist model.*
               
You pull the string and it says:
       
"If Christ paid the sins of all, then no one can ever be in Hell."
"If Christ paid the sins of all, then no one can ever be in Hell."
"If Christ paid the sins of all, then no one can ever be in Hell."
"If Christ paid the sins of all, then no one can ever be in Hell."
"AWK"
              
* The James White doll is currently out of stock.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Redemption and Atonement

Redemption and Atonement,
Not the Same
–*–
(From the Theological Magazine.)
        
BETWEEN atonement and redemption, divines, as yet, so far as I have been acquainted, have made no distinction. They have always considered those terms as conveying one and the same idea. It is thought to be evident, however, that redemption and atonement are, by no means, convertible terms. This evidence arises out of the holy scriptures. Atonement is for sin; redemption is from sin. The word redemption however, in the third chapter of Paul’s epistle to the Romans, and in some other places, signifies the same as atonement. But, in those places it is used by a figure, the effect for the cause. Redemption, in its proper sense, and as the word is used in the holy scriptures, doth not mean, the precious things by which captives are delivered from bondage, but it is deliverance itself. Sinners do not obtain redemption through redemption, but through the precious blood of Christ: his blood is not redemption itself; it is the price of redemption. And it is through this precious blood, that believers have redemption, even the forgiveness of their sins; through this blood they obtain deliverance from eternal death; through this blood also, they obtain the salvation of their souls, even eternal life.

Monday, June 9, 2014

What is new in Christ's new commandment?

       
From Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, New Command, by Carl B. Hoch, Jr.
    
New Command

    
On the night before his death, Jesus gave a new command to his disciples: "Love each other as I have loved you."
    

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Silencing the law


      Christ crucified, by satisfying the justice of God, brake the thunders of the law and dissolved the frame of all its anathemas. Being made a curse for us, he hath redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), that is, from the sentence of the Law-giver, denounced in his law against the transgressors of it. So that now 'there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus' (Romans 8:1) because they are 'dead to the law by the body of Christ' (Romans 7:4). By the body of Christ as slain and raised again, this handwriting of ordinances, which was contrary to us, is taken out of the way by God, being nailed to his cross (Colossians 2:14). He hath abolished the obligation of the moral law as to any condemning power, it being the custom to cancel bonds anciently by piercing the writing with a nail. The ceremonial law was abolished in every regard, since the substance of it was come, and that which it tended to was accomplished; and so one understands, 'having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly'(verse 15), of the ceremonies of the law, called 'principalities and powers' in regard of the divine authority whereby they were instituted. These he spoiled, as the word signifies, unclothing or unstripping, he unveiled them, and showed them to be misty figures that were accomplished in his own person. The flower falls when the fruit comes to appear; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, grace to obey the precepts, and truth to take away the types.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Christ's Death a Sufficient Sacrifice for All - A Puritan's View

It is sufficient for the salvation of all sinners and the expiation of all sins. The wrath of God was so fully appeased by it, his justice so fully satisfied that there is no barrier to a re-admission into his favour and the enjoyment of the priviledges purchased by it, but man's unbelief. The blood of Christ is a stream, whereof all men may drink; an ocean, wherein all men may bathe. It does not lack value to remove our sins, if we do not lack faith to embrace and plead it. As no sickness was strong enough against the battery of his powerful word when he was in the world; so no guilt is strong enough against the power of his blood, if the terms upon which it is offered by God are accepted by us. It is absolutely sufficient in itself, so that if every son of Adam, from Adam himself to the last man that shall issue from him by natural descent, should by faith sue out [ask God for] the benefit of it, it would be conferred upon them. God has no need to stretch his wisdom to contrive another price, nor Christ any need to reassume the form of a servant to act the part of a bloody sacrifice any more. If any perished by the biting of the fiery serpent, it was not for want of a remedy in God's institution, but from willfulness in themselves. The antitype answers to the type, and wants no more a sufficiency to procure a spiritual good than that to effect the cure of the body.