The Law of Christ

Within the study of New Covenant Theology there is emerging a difference of opinion over exactly what is the Law of Christ. It is the opinion of this writer that the Law of Christ is the version of God’s law that we are to obey in this New Covenant era. We are not under the Mosaic Law, which was the version of God’s law that the Israelites were under during the Old Covenant era. The summary of the law of the Old Covenant era is found in the Ten Commandments which are called the “the words of the covenant” (Exodus 34:28). In the New Covenant era we are under a new version of God’s law that is suitable for what our Father in heaven is wanting to accomplish in this era (Ephesians 2:14-18, Hebrews 7:12, 1 Corinthians 9:19-21). A summary of the law of Christ would be “love as Jesus loved” (John 13:34-35). By this we do not mean that we are to just copy what Jesus did. He was God who became man and he lived in the Old Covenant era and was obligated to obey the Mosaic law (Matthew 23:23-24). He obeyed laws that we are not obligated to obey, such as the tithe and the keeping of the Sabbath day. We do not live under the Mosaic Law (1 Corinthians 9:19-21).

We, who live in the New Covenant era, are to do what Jesus would have us to do. This means that we are to obey those laws that apply to us in this era (from Pentecost to the 2nd Coming). So, when we are describing the law of Christ we first of all mean that we are to love as Jesus loved. But having said that, we also mean that we are to live out the details of the law of Christ which are found in the teaching passages of the New Covenant era. An obvious example of the details of the law of Christ would be found in Ephesians 4:25-32 where we are given detailed instructions on how we are to care for one another. Some teachers seem to be saying that the law of Christ is the new heart of the believer. By this they mean that the motivation to live for Jesus Christ, which comes from the work of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:5-14). It is true that all believers are God lovers, but this motivation only drives us to live for our Lord. The way we show our love for our Lord is to keep his commandments (John 14:21) and therefore obey the law of Christ.

37 thoughts on “The Law of Christ

  1. Hi Geoff,

    Within the study of New Covenant Theology there is emerging a difference of opinion over exactly what is the Law of Christ.

    Some “NCTs”(?) sound like the law of Christ contains no laws (cf. Heb. 8:10).

    Since Scripture never defines the law of Christ, I won’t be dogmatic in defining it. If I may speculate, since the law of Moses had a dual function for revelation and obedience, maybe the law of Christ has a dual function for revelation and obedience. And just as Gen. – Mal. was the law of Moses, so maybe Mt. – Rev. is the law of Christ.

    However we define the law of Christ, it is unacceptable to make negative criticisms about all commands including Christ’s in the NC. If the OC Psalmist could rejoice in obeying God’s commands, how much more can we NC saints rejoice in obeying His commands!

    we are to obey those laws that apply to us in this era (from Pentecost to the 2nd Coming).

    I agree, but would expand it to include Christ’s commands in the gospels since Jesus said, “teaching them to obey everything that I HAVE commanded you,” and, “if you love me, you will obey what I command.”

    However, I don’t think He intended us to interpret those statements universally. In the gospels, there are a few commands He intended only for OC Jews (Mt. 8:4) or for specific individuals (Mt. 10:5-14) instead of the whole NC Church. But ~98% of His commands are intended for the whole NC Church.

    I see our ethic as defined canonically (2 covenant-canons), not dispensationally (2 eras/times). Also I see Gen. as the historical intro. to the OC, and the 4 gospels as the historical intro. to the NC. Hence, Jesus can say, “Obey all (intended for you) that I commanded.”

    Some teachers seem to be saying that the law of Christ is the new heart of the believer. By this they mean that the motivation to live for Jesus Christ, which comes from the work of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:5-14).

    But they only beg the question, “What specifically do the new heart and the Holy Spirit motivate us to do?” To trust Christ, love Him, and obey His commands. When the Holy Spirit-inspired words, “obey” and “commands” have become dirty words, something is wrong (hyper-anti-legalism).

    It is true that all believers are God lovers, but this motivation only drives us to live for our Lord. The way we show our love for our Lord is to keep his commandments (John 14:21) and therefore obey the law of Christ.

    Big “Amen!”

  2. Hi Geoff,

    Great article. I am disturbed by the trend among some in NCT circles to see the law of Christ as nothing more than the new heart. It seems that according to this position, there are no specific commands to follow in the New Covenant era in order to demonstrate our love for the Lord (John 14:21). If so, then this is simply antinomianism and I want to stay as far away from such things as possible.

    Dusman

  3. Since ALL NCT book authors agree that we obey NT commands (with minor differences) anyone “NCT” who can’t agree, in order to be honest, should stop using the name NCT.

  4. Greg, thanks for your comments. I would agree with you that the details of the law of Christ include portions of the gospels but not all of them. Jesus was a tither and a Sabbath keeper since he lived under the Mosaic law in the Old Covenant era (Matthew 23:23-24). Therefore those laws that he obeyed that are unique to the Mosaic law do not apply to us today. Geoff

  5. Amen, Geoff [and Dustin and Greg (what Greg has advocated here is consistent with what Geoff has advocated)]! Other than one Grace in the Triad comment, I haven’t commented here or elsewhere during the previous 10+ months because it seemed that, collectively, those who confuse the new heart (Ezekiel 36:26, of course) with the law of Christ were tantamount to Dr. Kervorkian ~ assisting with the suicide of NCT. Thank you for indicating otherwise (the theology, of course, is eternal; NCT — as a collection of reformers’ “stepchildren” — is not dead yet!).

    I exhort you (as I did just about a year ago) to seek dialogue with Charles Leiter; his forthcoming book titled The Law of Christ is not yet completed (Paul Washer is editing the book; I spoke with him two weeks ago and he didn’t indicate how soon the book is to be published).

    SBTS’ Jason C. Meyer published six months ago THE END OF THE LAW: MOSAIC COVENANT IN PAULINE THEOLOGY. John Piper’s comment which appears on the back cover is quite apropos. Alas, the book is part of a series which includes Barry Horner’s Future Israel (!).

    As I discussed (all too briefly) with Paul Washer, the paraphrase of Jer. 31:33 by the writer (Apollos?) of Hebrews at 10:16 alters the language (which, of course, he had quoted at 8:10) to “I will PUT my lawS on their hearts and WRITE them on their MINDS.” (ESV; emphases mine).

    As I advocated (spit into the wind?) about a year ago, the PUTting of the lawS on our HEARTS refers to the new heart — the indwelling Holy Spirit; the WRITing on our MINDS refers to Scripture (cf. Romans 12:2). The Spirit causes us to seek to know Christ via the means by which He has been revealed (Scripture, of course) and, concomitantly, to know His KANON (standard) by which we’re to be measured at the judgment seat (bema) of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10).

    Not wanting to “preaching to the choir”, I’ll merely add that John 14 – 17 and 1 John (inter alia) are replete with the Holy Spirit’s (via John, of course) unequivocal connection of LOVE to obedience of New Covenant commands. Indeed, even 2 John 6 (HCSB): And this is love: that we walk according to His commands.

    Sincerely, Geoff: Thank you for being willing to go where Truth leads* and to stand for Truth, come what may.

    * And to Minsk, to be an ambassador of Truth there!

  6. Jim, thanks for your comments. I wholeheartedly agree with you. The law in the heart of Jer 31 is the new heart of the believer. In the New Covenant the motivation has been internalized while in the Old Covenant the motivation was external (the ten commandments and the rest of the mosaic law. The new heart in Jer 31 is described in Old Covenant prophetic language (the language of the picture). Geoff

  7. Geoff,

    It’s good to see someone who has notoriety and web presence speaking out against our brothers who really seem to be following an odd path. The ambiguous and esoteric language that they use is just as hard to nail down as the language and terminology that the emergent church folks use.

    In regards to some of what was said in the comments – The “law of love” (royal law – James 2:8) is very hard to codify, as so many try to do. The list is far more comprehensive/exhaustive than the Decalogue ever was. I am not entirely sure that it’s meant to be made into a list. God says love me and love your neighbor. From Adam to present day living it is the same command. Sure, we are given particulars in how that looks lived out, but to seek to generate a new “The (number) Commandments” based upon some or none of the gospels and the following letters misses the point, in my opinion.

    And then there is that whole world of eschatology to consider. Now that is a web of intricacies in and of itself. 🙂

    Thanks for your hard work, brother. This was a blessing to read.

    In Christ,

    Dustin (not Pastor)…

  8. Paul Washer’s lone “telling” comment is disconcerting, as it indicates that the straw man built by those who’ve commandeered NCT (again, not the bona fide theology itself) has been quite damaging. Paul rightfully is concerned about a theology which merely swaps a new code for an old code, but, who — other than the straw man — advocates that?!

    The pendulum-effect response to the straw man is the insidiously nebulous “law” which is void of content — and the concomitant antinomianism-by-any-other-name. The elect individual, upon regeneration, does indeed do “what he wants to do. The great difference [between the regenerate elect and all others] is that the [regenerate elect individual] wants what God wants.” MacArthur New Testament Commentary ~ Hebrews, p. 329.

    The “want to” is the indwelling Holy Spirit [“I will put my laws on their hearts” (Hebrews 10:16)]; as Geoff astutely observed, the error which has eviscerated bona fide NCT is, essentially, stopping there. “[I will] write them [laws] on their minds” (id.) is not superfluous, of course; tragically, it is rendered such by the ostensible NCT proponents of antinomianism-by-any-other-name.

    As grievous as their error is, those proponents do not err as do those who advocate that “the ministry of condemnation, chiseled in letters on stone” [2 Cor. 3:7 (HCSB)] is the “rule of life of the believer” [as proclaimed via the Westminster Confession of Faith and its credobaptist (thankfully) progeny, the (Second London) Baptist Confession of Faith (1689)]. Alas, those advocates have all-too-plentiful “company” in their failure or refusal to understand or acknowledge that the “ministry of condemnation” (v. 9) was such precisely because of its external operation and that the New Covenant law of Christ is internal.

    Ethnic, national Israel was, except for “the remnant” (Romans 9:27), “vessels of wrath prepared for destruction” (v. 22) precisely because their (Moses’) law was given to demonstrate that the standard — perfection — which one must achieve is impossible (except for Jesus; continue, please). The RHEMA (“word”, Romans 10:17) by which saving faith comes is that “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” [2 Cor. 5:21) (HCSB], “[f]or just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” [Romans 5:19 (HCSB)].

    Thanks be to our Lord, we who are “in Him” will not face Him at the Great White Throne (Rev. 19:11); we who are “in Him”, however, “must all appear before the judgment [bema] seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad” ([2 Cor. 5:10 (HCSB)]. Martin Luther: “Live this day for that day”.

    I’m thankful that I haven’t stifled / quenched (1 Thess. 5:19) Truth and, concomitantly, understand that a nebulous antinomianism-by-any-other-name renders living this day for that judgment day specious; I’m thankful, also, to know that men such as y’all understand Truth and reckon it worthy of defense.

  9. In regards to some of what was said in the comments – The “law of love” (royal law – James 2:8) is very hard to codify, as so many try to do. The list is far more comprehensive/exhaustive than the Decalogue ever was. I am not entirely sure that it’s meant to be made into a list….but to seek to generate a new “The (number) Commandments” based upon some or none of the gospels and the following letters misses the point

    Hi Dustin,

    I don’t understand your comment above. Can you please explain more specifically? Thank you.

  10. Greg,

    I am not calling you a liar when I say this, so please do not react. It’s just that we’ve talked so many times via email, Skype, and phone that I am fairly certain you know where I stand on this; although, maybe not.

    I do not believe that there is a list within the Gospels or NT letters/writings that can be generated, codified, and mass printed called “The (fill in the number) Commandments of the New Covenant Law.” So I don’t look for them. I know that many others do.

    Love fulfills the Law. And “love” is *the* royal law (James 2:8).

    A typical response is “So you deny that there are imperatives within the NT writings?” To which I respond, No, of course I do not deny that. I see them all over the place. But I do not think that those define the NC law of love. I think they are manifestations of it; unless you want to find all of them, write them all down, and make the new list. I say that in jest.

    The NT does not address every situation we face so that we have a prescription for living in every circumstance. Love is the law for every circumstance. It is (as Kerry Kinchen would say) a supernomian way of living.

    Dustin…

  11. Dustin,

    We have NEVER talked via Skype or phone (although I’d like to do so sometime). And I don’t think we’ve ever talked directly by email unless you’re counting boards like this one? Are you sure you don’t have me mixed-up with someone else? No, I really don’t undersand your view. That’s why I asked.

    I do not believe that there is a list within the Gospels or NT letters/writings that can be generated, codified, and mass printed called “The (fill in the number) Commandments of the New Covenant Law.” So I don’t look for them. I know that many others do.

    I’ve never read anyone who advocated such a list. That’s why I asked who you meant. Consider who started that rumor about me. My opponents slandered without even quoting me. I suspect their motive was that they felt threatened by my defense against their Antinomianism.

    The NT does not address every situation we face so that we have a prescription for living in every circumstance.

    Yes I agree. As I’ve written elsewhere, neither the OT nor NT contain an exhaustive revelation of conscience law. When it comes to the gray areas (just like the white areas), the Spirit leads us, and love motivates us.

  12. Greg,

    I just searched my Gmail to make sure the remnants of my past extracurricular activities weren’t messing with my brain. They weren’t. We have talked via email, directly. We have also talked on boards. We have also talked via Skype with you, Jim, and Kerry. And I was fairly certain we had talked on the phone too. In fact, I’m 94.3% certain that we have.

    I have read people who advocate the NCT list. It wasn’t pointed at you, although it seems you may be taking it that way. If you are taking it that way then I am sorry if it seemed pointed.

    Thanks,

    Dustin…

  13. Dustin, you don’t have me mixed-up with someone. I have you mixed-up with someone: Dustin Seegers who posted above. I’m really sorry! (Good to see you again!)

  14. Based on what I’ve read here and my recollection of what I read last winter / spring (along with conversations via Skype), I’m confident that at present and probably for the past year or so, we’re “on the same page” wrt New Covenant Law. I seek no facade of unity, nor do I seek to facilitate any “us and them”. That said, an “us and them” was foisted upon NCT (i.e., 21st Century “stepchildren”); it wasn’t militant at first, but each of us had the figurative barrels pointed at us eventually.

    Arguably even more tragic is the lost opportunity that was Moses Wrote About Me; Mike: How are you doing?!

    Again, I’m thankful that I and we understand and advocate that the law of Christ / law of love is not amorphous. Since it is not genuinely debatable that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ so that each may be repaid for the deeds done in the body, whether good or bad” [2 Cor. 5:21 (HCSB)], we’re incomparably better off pursuing what the standard (KANON) against which we’re to be measured (law of Christ / law of love) is than is one who denies the existence of and advocates against any standard. For their sakes and that of those misled by them (and for the sake of Truth), they must be opposed. Of course, we should pray for them; the Holy Spirit, however, doesn’t wave a magic wand … He uses slaves of Christ. Sundoulos (fellow slaves): Do you really have any choice?

  15. Jim,

    I have often wondered what happened to Mike. I felt like that forum was an incredible God send (literally) and a possible tool in His hand for the spread of balanced, evolving, and communicative NCT discussions.

    Dustin…

  16. Dustin,
    Mike seems to be going in a different direction. He asked that we remove all of his stuff from the IDS site since they no longer reflect his views. Geoff

  17. Geoff,

    I like your article.

    Your concise statement below matches the true sense of what we read exhorted in every epistle of the New Testament::

    “… when we are describing the law of Christ we first of all mean that we are to love as Jesus loved. But having said that, we also mean that we are to live out the details of the law of Christ which are found in the teaching passages of the New Covenant era.”

    Blessings in Christ the Covenant-Light,
    K Kinchen
    bridgewaybiblechurch.org
    Isaiah 42:6, 49:6-8, 55:3-4

  18. Jim,

    What was the outcome of your conversation with Paul Washer? Was it as I expected?

    Dustin…

  19. (I’ve just learned the hard way what happens when one inadvertently fails to answer the Security Question)

    Ch. 7 … The Law of Love
    Ch. 8 … The Example of Christ
    Ch. 9 … The Teaching of Christ
    Ch. 10 … The Teaching of Christ’s Apostles
    Ch. 11 … The Whole Canon Interpreted in Light of Christ

    The foregoing — preceded by The Law of Christ Is — are chapter titles from the just-released THE LAW OF CHRIST: A THEOLOGICAL PROPOSAL by SBTS M. Div. candidate Blake White ( http://ablakew.blogspot.com/ ), Foreword by John G. Reisinger [read an excerpt from the Foreword and link to New Covenant Media (publisher and retailer) via Blake’s site (Barabbas).

    At a minimum or quite likely — depending on whether the titles of chapters 9 – 11 are propositions advocated by Blake — the book appears to be comprehensive enough that, unless the Spirit is stifled (quenched), antinomianism-by-any-other-name will cease to be advocated as NCT, and NCT (the “movement”, as distinguished from the Truth which NCT pervasively advocated until 12 – 18 months ago) will recuperate.

    News of the publication of Blake’s book and of JGR’s Studies in Galatians by New Covenant Media has “capped” a March which has been nearly as encouraging as last March was discouraging. In addition to the foregoing “post” by Geoff, Pastor Dustin Seegers (read his comment above and click his name) indicate his intention to focus more attention on NCT via his Grace in the Triad blog.

    Thanks be to our Lord for the example of obedience by the final Passover Lamb — not my will, but His be done!

  20. I didn’t see your question, Dustin, until just now. I haven’t “heard” from Paul Washer and it seems unlikely at this point that I will. As I indicated, he was anyting but enthusiastic about the drama among “NCTers” regarding the law of Christ. As of yesterday, there was no indication via Amazon of Charles Leiter’s purportedly forthcoming book titled The Law of Christ.

    What, if anything, do you know about Blake’s newly released book? Did you read the Sound of Grace monthly Studies in Galatians by JGR? If so: Was his teaching thereby consistent with his previous teaching (absolutely not antinomian)?

  21. Jim: “JGR’s Studies in Galatians by New Covenant Media has “capped” a March which has been nearly as encouraging as last March was discouraging.”

    Hi Jim, can you please link me to the relevant page(s) in the monthly SoG? Thanks.

  22. http://soundofgrace.com/preissues.htm (or http://www.soundofgrace.com ~ Archives) Issues 132 – 162

    Hi, Greg; the content of the book is not identical to the content of the monthly articles. Presumably, the content is quite similar. I just today received my copy (plus nine additional copies for a study group) of Studies in Glatians [along with Blake White’s The Law of Christ: A Theological Proposal (about which I’m even more confident, now that I’ve perused it)].

    JGR’s latest book looks to be excellent (as expected); that said, one who has already read it opined that the recent “no quarter” approach to Covenant Theology continues …. as does — alas — the reluctance to “slam the door” on Dispensational Theology. A quick check of comments pertaining to Galatians 3:16 and 3:29 confirms such.

    JGR’s Foreword to The Law of Christ: A Theological Proposal is quite encouraging; may the Foreword and the book bring an end to the mysticism spawned by undue focus on the OT (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8) “picture” of Jesus as covenant and concomitant disregard of NT ( Hebrews 9:15 – 17 ) revelation that Jesus’ death (substitutionary atonement) is the means by which “those who are called” (those in the will) inherit the promises made to Him ( Galatians 3:16 , Galatians 3:29).

  23. [Link to S of G Archives Issues 132 – 162) sent to Greg]

    “[The Law Of Christ: A Theological Proposal] strikes a powerful blow at the silly notion that you can separate true biblical holy living from correct biblical theology.”

    ~ John Reisinger, Foreword (p. 1) to The Law Of Christ:: A Theological Proposal.

    I just received my copies of that book and of John Reisiger’s Studies in Galatians and am eager to read each. Aa much as I’d like to read JGR characterize the concept of “future Israel” a “silly notion”, I’m thankful that he “calls a spade a spade” wrt antinomianism-by-any-other-name.

    As has all-too-frequently occurred during the past two millennia, the (at best) dangerous, mystical “silly notion” which is antinomianism-by-any-other-name has an ostensibe OT basis: The concept of Christ as Covenant (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8).

    As has all-too-frequently occurred during the past four-and-a-half centuries, the OT “picture” — Christ as Covenant (in this case) — has received undue focus while, concomitantly, the indispensable NT revelation [via Hebrews 9:15 – 17 (cf. Galatians 3:16, 29*)] has been ignored.

    * Jesus is the MEDIAtor of a new covenant SO that THOSE who are CALLED may INHERIT the PROMISES madt TO the Testator via the DEATH of the Testator and UPON the DEATH of the Testator.

  24. Hey Guys! My ears must have been burning. I thought I would hit the ids blog to catch up and found that I was a semi-hot topic on this discussion. I ordered The Law of Christ: A Theological Proposal a few minutes before getting here. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Just a point of clarification: I asked that my audio be removed from the NCBF site because it no longer accurately reflected me, not because it no longer reflected my hermeneutic. The emphasis of my ministry and teaching has changed to more of a gospel focus (1 Cor. 2:2), but NCT is probably the hermeneutic that I most closely align with, depending on who’s defining NCT. 🙂 Most of my papers have been re-written and posted on my site. If you click on my name above, it should take you there. I’m hoping to get my In Defense of the New Covenant paper put into booklet form once I’ve finished with it.

    Take care guys… Mike

  25. I’m glad that you’ve “chimed in”, Mike, and hope to learn your “take” — and that of Geoff and all who’ve commented to this “thread” … as well as that of many who haven’t. The brevity (152 pages) of the book belies the comprehensive nature of its survey; is there a Christian who isn’t interested in a “book [which] will help [him / her] to understand much better the path [his or her] Shepherd would have [him or her] take in [his or her] daily living” (JGR, p. 3) — especially one which is only 152 pages?

    As woeful as is antinomianism-by-any-other-name, our Lord used the advocacy of such to result in Blake White writing the book. May the book effectuate a return of NCT to exegesis without agenda and Scripture-driven doctrine; who knows what impact such may have on system-driven theologies?

    The root of NCT’s near-death is the fatal flaw of Covenant Theology and Dispensational theology: Refusal to reckon with Galatians 3:16 (and 29; cf. Hebrews 9:15 – 17). The promises were made to the covenantees — Abraham and Jesus; saving faith in Jesus results in inheriting through Him. Yes, He was given — as propitiation — as a result of love for the world (John 3:16) … meaning not love for only ethnic, national Israel (indeed, only the remnant therof are beneficiaries).

    That said, the plan of redemption reveals not that Jesus was given to us, but, rather, that we — those who are called (Hebrews 9:15) are given to Him (that’s how we inherit what was promised to Him!). “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21) –THAT has content and meaning; that is the reality … Isaiah (and Ezekiel; cf. Hebrews 10:16 – 18) merely pointed to the “picture”.

    Again (see my previous comment): Theology which unduly focuses on the picture and, ocncomitantly ignores the NT revelation has dominated Christendom for centuries. NCT was a blessed exception; may it recognize its recent folly and resume propagation of Truth!

  26. Jim, the accusation of antinomianism against NCT is baseless as long as you view the law of Christ has been actual laws. Whenever you identify the law of Christ with a motive or desire (new heart) then you are open to the charge of antinomianism. The law of Moses is no more, but the law of Christ is now here. But… there is a distinct difference of emphasis between the Old Covenant era and the New Covenant era. In the Old Covenant era the emphasis is law, while in the New Covenant era the emphasis is the new heart. I will elaborate on this in another blog which will come out tomorrow (Law of Christ, part 2). Keep thinking the good thoughts. Geoff

  27. Geoff,

    Amen!

    As Kerry Kinchen said quite some time back “The law of Christ is supernomian.” Love is so much more difficult to accomplish than a Mosaic pragmatism. Living out this law takes a new heart. It has to be wrought by the work of the Holy Spirit.

    Mike – so good to see you amongst us, brother. You’ve been sorely missed.

    Blessings,

    Dustin…

  28. I look forward to it, Geoff; your comment today reflects what I’ve advocated here and elsewhere. The confusion of the law of Christ with the new heart conflicts with the Truth that the law is put on our hearts (Hebrews 10:16, referring to the indwelling Spirit and concomitant desire — drive — to learn what is expected … and to do it) and written on our minds [Id.; referring to Scripture (cf. Romans 12:2)].

    My recent comments pertain why antinomianism-by-any-other-name (referring to what you’ve identified as the confusion of the new heart with the law of Christ) exists; as I’ve advocated at lenght (not here / not recently until yesterday), NCT proponents’ unwillingness / inability to “deal” with Galatians 3:16 [and 29 (cf. Hebrews 9:15 – 17)] ultimately resulted in the pendulum-effect mysticism which your “post” and most comments thereto have challenged.

  29. >>>Within the study of New Covenant Theology there is emerging a difference of opinion over exactly what is the Law of Christ…

    The new covenant, like the old, is for Jews only. Please read Jeremiah 31 before you object. Thanks.

  30. I am new to NCT thought, but the Lord allowed me access to it because of my church planting intentions in my city. I am finding my “Reformed growth” leaning in the NCT direction and will continue to follow these blogs, websites, etc.

    Two things (people) that seem to concern me are Gary Anderson (his NCT views appear a bit “radical” and his site seems to me somewhat “hostile”. I am also concerned about Michael Adams since when I link to his website I see LDS links.

    Could any of you who know these guys better let me know your thoughts about them–please feel free to e-mail me personally rather than through this blog. Please trust that I am NOT implying any censure of these individuals, only my personal concerns.

    Thank you,
    Kevin LaFramboise

  31. Kevin, Much thanks for your response. I would not recommend Gary Anderson. Mike Adams is not LDS. He would have some good things to say about the law of Christ. I appreciate your concerns. Geoff

  32. To whomever wrote the above comment I must remind you that comments will only be accepted if there is a real name attached to them. You have noted that my thoughts were “an opinion.” I wholeheartedly agree with you. Everything I say is my opinion. That also applies to your comment. Hope to hear more from you in the future. Geoff

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