Pastor Andy Stanley recently defended his claim that parts of the Old Testament were rendered “obsolete and outdated” by Jesus’ New Covenant. Stanley’s new book Irresistible debuted to some controversy last fall, but the megachurch pastor sought to clarify his position during an uncut interview with 100 Huntley Street‘s Maggie John.
In the video, John asks Stanley how to properly read the Old Testament.
“Our tendency because of the way we’ve been given the Bible is we want to make God’s activity in the Old Testament fit with the Sermon on the Mount’s ‘love your enemies,'” Stanley says. “When you read the Old Testament, it’s like, I don’t see a lot of enemy love going on. Well it’s not because it was two different gods. God didn’t change. The covenants changed. It’s a brand-new covenant. But to get to the new, we had to go through the history of the old. So we read the Old Testament in light of God’s faithfulness to His people. God is a God that keeps His promises.”
He continues: “But what we can’t do is take the promises that God gave to Israel and sanitize them and kind of dust them off and 21st-century them, and somehow make them fit with Jesus and make it all blend together. Now Christians do that all the time. And I don’t think there’s any great harm done necessarily. But again, my concern is not for the people who are in. My concern is for the people who are trying to come back or the people for whom the gospel is so muddy or muddled for them based on Christians doing all kinds of crazy things based on their understanding of the Bible.”
Stanley cites Hebrews 8:13 (NIV), which says, “By calling this covenant ‘new,’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” In the video interview, John asks Stanley about his use of the word “obsolete.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News