New-Covenant Theology

   

‘Against Such Things There Is No Law’

9/15/2017 |
In a previous article,1 I made some comments on a recent (September 2017) Facebook post which included the following: No Law! ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is...
   

Stop Press! No Law for Believers! Really?

9/13/2017 |
In a Facebook Group devoted to the promulgation of new-covenant theology, one which takes the view that the believer is not under the law of Christ, a recent...
   

Words Have Power: How The Spirit/Scripture Balance Can Be Threatened

9/8/2017 |
In several of my works I have raised the issue of the balance between the Spirit and the Scriptures. I have tried to make the case that it is not either/or; it is both. I have taken the trouble to argue this because I am convinced that it is a vital question; a contemporary, vital question at that. Alas, as so often in the history of the church, the balance between the Spirit and the Scriptures is under threat today..
   

Observations on a Colloquy

6/1/2017 |
The colloquy in question is the In-Depth Studies Colloquy: ‘Is the Cross Alone Sufficient for Salvation?’, which was held on the 29th of April 2017 at the Gilbert Regional Library, Phoenix. Brian Arnold took the ‘No’ position and Geoff Volker took the ‘Yes’.
 

Flesh & Spirit for Law Men

11/11/2016
The format of this very brief article is simple. In the first part, I draw attention to the way Scripture always contrasts FLESH and SPIRIT.1 In the second...


 

Preparationism in New England

11/11/2016
Let those, today, who are flirting with covenant theology and infant baptism, take a good look 25 years down the road, and do so with unclouded eye, before...


 

The Priesthood of all Believers

11/7/2016
Under the old covenant, the priesthood went hand in hand with the law: ‘Under [on the basis of] it the people received the law’ (Heb. 7:11). That is, not only...


 

Unasked Questions

11/7/2016
Unasked by whom? Unasked by consistent covenant-theologians. But the two questions I have in mind have been asked. Both were raised by Paul when he was setting...


 

‘No Confession? Nothing to Debate!’

8/26/2016
During a recent conversation with two friends, I learned that some covenant theologians complain that since there is no definitive new-covenant theology...


 

‘The Law’ in ‘The Law of Christ’

10/11/2016
We know what ‘law’ is in ‘the law of Moses’, but what about ‘law’ in ‘the law of Christ’ (Gal. 6:2)? ‘The law of Moses’ and ‘the law of Christ’ are (in the...


 

All Men Under Law

10/5/2016
Adam before he fell, was under law God placed Adam under law: The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord...


 

The Law the Believer’s Rule?

10/26/2016
How should believers read, quote and use the law? Are they obliged to obey it as a command, as a rule? If so, are they obliged to obey all the commandments? Or...


 

The Penetrating Law of Christ

10/26/2016
Many ill-informed and dismissive comments are made about those who advocate the law of Christ, and not the law of Moses, as the believer’s rule. Speaking for...


 

Who’s Your Husband?

10/9/2016
Everybody has a husband. In fact, everybody is born into this world married to a husband. Moreover, some of us have died to our first husband, the one we were...
   

Three Verses Misunderstood

4/15/2017
All these versions have in-built problems of one sort or another, problems which have led many to seriously misunderstand the apostle. And the consequences...


 

The Covenant that Never Was

8/19/2016
I am talking about the Reformed invention known as ‘the covenant of works’.1 And that is what it is – a pure invention, a theoretical, philosophical construct...


 

The Place of ‘Place’ in the New Covenant or The Struggle for Possession of Jerusalem in Light of the New Covenant

9/20/2017
Christ came into the world to bring the old covenant to its God- appointed end, including all its shadows – sabbath, tabernacle (temple), sacrifices, priest,...


 

New-Covenant Assurance

8/26/2017
According to the New Testament, everyone who believes God’s promise in the gospel, and trusts Christ, has the Spirit.1 He must have the Spirit (John 14:17;...


 

Law-less or Lawless?

3/19/2016
There are two very important passages of Scripture which speak of the believer being under the law of Christ – though neither of them use the actual phrase...


 

‘In’ or ‘Under’?

3/19/2016
There are two very important passages of Scripture which speak of the believer being under the law of Christ – though neither of them use the actual phrase...


 

New-Covenant Theology: A Summary

5/29/2015
This summary represents my understanding of new-covenant theology. Scriptural justification for these statements may be found throughout my works. New-covenant...


 

‘New-Covenant Theology Isn’t Monolithic’

3/31/2015
In a recent interview, Richard Barcellos spoke somewhat disparagingly about new-covenant theology because it is not monolithic. This, in effect, can only mean...


 

The Law of Christ Is Christ Himself

8/4/2017
In this brief article, I will say why I am convinced that Christ himself is the believer’s law, the law of Christ. The Scriptures show us that the aim of the...


 

‘New-Covenant Theology Is Dangerous’

3/25/2015
I am disturbed by the emphasis on institutional religion. Spirituality, apparently, is measured in terms of the institutional. This, however, is quite foreign...


 

Duty Faith and The New Covenant

3/21/2015
I readily agree that many covenant theologians hold to the free offer of the gospel and duty faith. Nevertheless, the Reformed, with their emphasis upon the...


 

Believers Under the Law of Christ

9/20/2015
Some new-covenant theologians, dissenting from mainstream new-covenant theology, teach that believers are not under the law of Christ. In tandem with this,...


 

Christ the Covenant?

9/18/2015
Consider this prophecy from Isaiah: Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth...


 

Decision Time for New-Covenant Theologians

9/15/2015
This article consists of the unedited Introduction to my Believers Under the Law of Christ; hence the references to that volume. Let me explain why I have...


 

Was Isaiah a Preparationist?

8/14/2017
Isaiah knew how to address sinners with the gospel, and God has left a record of him doing it. The prophet, therefore, is a very useful guide for us: we have...


 

Antinomianism Reformed and Mystical

9/6/2017
Yes, I know the title is bizarre, but all will, I hope, become clear. Reformed antinomianism A Reformed antinomian? As odd an oxymoron as you can get, you...


 

One Command or Many in One?

9/11/2015
Mainstream new-covenant theologians hold that believers are under the law of Christ, and that the Scriptures are an integral part of that law. Recently,...


 

The Obedience of Faith

9/5/2015
In this article, I trace how those who argue that the believer is not under the law of Christ, and that the Scriptures are not part of the law of Christ, but...


 

To Whom Did God Give the Law?

9/6/2015
With regard to the law of Moses, Paul divides the human race into two.1 All are sinners, but some have sinned ‘without law’; the rest have sinned ‘in the law’...


 

A Must-See Debate

7/29/2017
I refer to the recently published YouTube video: ‘The Theonomy Debate: Joel McDurmon vs. Jordan Hall’.1 Joel McDurmon is an advocate of theonomy...


 

Romans 2:14-15

7/1/2015
Let me quote the verses: For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to...


 

The Temple and the New Covenant

8/12/2017
Nobody can question the paramount importance of the temple within the old covenant. What is not so commonly appreciated, however, is the fact that the temple...
   

Three Questions in One

4/7/2015
Just the other day, someone posted a comment on one of my ‘New-Covenant Made Simple’ videos on YouTube, and this showed me that in my sermons, articles and...


 

The Law Written

3/29/2015
There are several places in the New Testament where the law in its written aspect is spoken of, where it is described as ‘the law of commandments contained in...


 

Two Sticks and Three Books

2/16/2015
In one of his lectures, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, addressing his students, gave them some good advice: In all probability, sensible conversation will sometimes...
   

Lloyd-Jones for Law Men

4/15/2017
D.Martyn Lloyd-Jones is rightly held in high esteem by many believers, believers of all persuasions – including both covenant and new-covenant theologians. In...


 

Scripture vs. Calvin’s Threefold Use

5/17/2017
John Calvin set out a threefold use of the law, and by ‘the law’ he meant ‘the moral law’, the ten commandments; or, in his case, nine and half commandments.1...


 

Unlawful Use of the Law

5/26/2017
Law men today – that is, covenant theologians, the Reformed and evangelicals who want to impose the law on believers as their perfect rule of life and...


 

New-Covenant Theology: New Kid on the Block?

1/13/2015
You must have heard something like this: New-covenant theology? Must be wrong! It was only dreamed up in the 1970s, wasn’t it? Doesn’t that make it the latest...


 

The Four Laws of Romans 8:1-4

1/13/2015
 
As Paul declared to the Romans: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according...


 

What Is The Law?

1/5/2015
There is an enormous amount of confusion, not to say misinformation, in much that is said and written about ‘the law’.1 Most evangelicals think of ‘the law’ as...


 

Legal Assurance

12/31/2014
The New Testament, it is clear, does not describe the believer as a ‘wretched man’, but speaks of him as one who enjoys ever-increasing glory, liberty and...


 

The Law: Reformed Escape Routes

12/22/2014
We all meet awkward biblical statements, texts which are hard to fit into our theological system. We all do, I say. The temptation is to trim the text, pare...


 

The Priesthood of All Believers Does It Matter?

4/25/2017
I have published a fair amount of material on the priesthood of all believers, both in print and in preaching.1 Some may wonder if it is necessary to look so...


 

The Spirit Witnesses... to What?

9/3/2017
In previous articles, I have shown that in conversion the Holy Spirit brings the sinner to Christ, and immediately begins to witness to him, assuring him that...


 

The Spirit’s Continual Witness to the Believer

12/21/2014
As I have explained elsewhere,1 when the sinner is converted, at the point of his conversion the Spirit witnesses to him, seals him, and anoints him, thereby...


 

The Spirit’s Work in Conversion

12/17/2014
To be specific: What is the Holy Spirit’s work in the sinner, leading to, and at the point of, his conversion? And then: What is the Holy Spirit’s immediate...


 

What Price Antinomianism?

12/10/2014
If I were a serious advocate of covenant theology, determined to put a stop to new-covenant theology,1 I would set up an ‘automatic correct’ on my computer,...


 

The Priesthood of Believers Compared to That of the Levites

4/21/2017
We could approach this in another way, in a more fundamental way. Indeed, we should approach it in this other way. How does the new covenant compare to the...


 

The Abrahamic Covenant

12/30/2016
Infant baptisers support their practice of infant baptism by arguments based on the Old Testament Abrahamic covenant, those promises which God made to Abraham...


 

Liberty or Bondage: Sarah or Hagar?

1/12/2017
We are talking about Galatians 4:21-31, the passage where Paul sets out the allegory1 of Sarah and Hagar.2 As the apostle makes clear, the law, given to Israel...


 

The Two Covenants in Hebrews

12/20/2016
The two covenants are, of course, the old and the new.Now, if any book in the New Testament disproves the claim of covenant theologians that the Sinai covenant...


 

The Sabbath in the New Covenant

10/16/2014
In a stupendous demonstration of power and mercy, God delivered Israel from the slavery of Egypt. But that deliverance, wonderful though it was, was only a...


 

Covenant Theology Tested

9/20/2014
Reformed covenant-theology and new-covenant theology are two very different ‘beasts’. Very different! In this article,1 I want to play the spotlight of...


 

The Law and The Confessions

12/11/2013
Let me make myself clear right at the start. I do not publish this article because I regard any Confession as the authority for what I believe: that...


 

Questions for Sabbatarians

9/1/2014
By ‘sabbatarians’, I mean those who say that believers are obliged to keep the fourth commandment, but that the day has been changed from the seventh to the...
   

The ‘But’ of John 1:17: Absent but Vital

9/5/2014
God gave Israel the law through Moses (John 7:19); and we know why: ‘The law entered that the offence might abound’ (Rom. 5:20). He also gave Israel the law to...


 

The Law on the Believer’s Heart

9/13/2014
We know that the law is written on a believer’s heart in the new covenant, written by the Spirit in regeneration.1 The terms and promises of the new covenant,...


 

The Prophets and the New Covenant

 
9/13/2014 | Size: 443k | Views: 10+
This article, though it stands in its own right, is intended to be a lead-in to the one which follows; namely ‘The Law on the Believer’s Heart’. I begin with...


 

The Two Ministries

8/29/2014
The ‘ministries’ in question are the ministry of the law and the ministry of the gospel, as set out by the apostle in 2 Corinthians 3. No passage in...


 

Gadsby's Questions for Law Men

8/23/2014
As a result, most believers are reared on a diet of law, either overt or incipient. Sadly, this brings many of them into bondage, fear and a lack of assurance,...
   

Misleading, Sad, Revealing: ‘Relevant Today’ by Jeremy Brooks

2/13/2017 |
To give Jeremy Brooks’ article its full title: ‘Are the Ten Commandments Relevant Today? An Exposition of Exodus 20:1- 2’. 1 Why do I call it misleading, sad...
   

Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and New-Covenant Theology

8/26/2017 |
What? Whatever did Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine know about new-covenant theology? – that is, if you are talking about the 18th century men who wrote against...
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