MEGA-PASTOR ACCUSED OF ‘HERESY’ FOR ATTACK ON OLD TESTAMENT

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WND: Mega-pastor Andy Stanley caught a lot of theological flak back in May for telling his congregation it was time for them to “unhitch” from the Old Testament.

Writing in Salem Communications’ ChristianHeadlines.com, Mohler alluded to error of Marcion, who claimed the God of the Old Testament was not the same as the God of the New Testament. For his part, Stanley recently suggested they were the same God but “he was doing two different things.”

“We are looking here at the ancient heresy of Marcion, who argued that the Old Testament must be repudiated by the church,” wrote Mohler. more …

Opinion: “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ“. Jude 1:4

Andy Stanley is the son of Pastor Charles Stanley. He studied at the dispensational Dallas Theological Seminary, but has gone rogue. Dallas Theological was where one of my favorite prophecy teachers, Dr. John Walvoord, served as president from 1952-1986.

If you don’t get the Old Testament right, you won’t get Israel right, and since Israel is the apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8), what better way is there to oppose Israel than to unhitch it from the Old Testament?

“I would ask preachers and pastors and student pastors in their communications to get the spotlight off the Bible and back on the resurrection.” 

Question: how does one learn about the resurrection if not for the Scriptures? “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced…” Zechariah 12:10.

Psalm 22, written by King David 1000 years before Jesus, gives us the very perspective of the Lord hanging on the cross:

  • It describes how the people mocked Him (Psalm 22:7-8; Mat 27:41-43)
  • It describes how they cast lots to divide up His clothes (Psalm 22:18;Mat 27:35)
  • It describes how how His bones were out of joint (Psalm 22:14)
  • It describes how the wicked had pierced His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16)
  • It describes the scars which Thomas later got to touch and feel (John 20:27)

The Psalm ends by saying God’s righteousness would be declared to “a people that shall be born” (Psalm 22:31).

The Apostle Peter starts out on the day of Pentecost explaining that Jesus the Messiah had risen from the dead, “whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.” Acts 2:24

The formation of the church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-26), the final church of this age, is well under way.

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  1. Unwittingly, this young “pastor” has just intimated that Jesus, and subsequently the apostles, are fools. By disassociating the OT as legitimate Scripture, then Jesus’ words of rebuke to Satan in Matt 4 are meaningless utterings. 3 times in this chapter Jesus proclaims, “It is written.” It is written where? In Scripture! In the only canon recognized by the Jews – the OT!

    Matt 21:13, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer….”
    Matt 21:16, “Have you never read…”
    Matt 21:42, “Have you never read the Scriptures?”
    Matt 22:29, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures…”
    Matt 22:40, “On these commandments hang ALL the Law and the Prophets.”
    Matt 24:15, “…spoken of by Daniel the prophet…”
    Matt 26:31, “…for it is written, I will strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.”

    The above are 10 quick examples of our Lord and Savior authenticating the OT!! These are only a few of the many references that Jesus and the apostles make regarding the OT. Tragically, this young pastor is playing the “fool.” And Satan is smiling. If the OT can be dumped, then the road is easier for Satan’s perceived triumph of eliminating the Jews and Israel in his quest to thwart God, and hang on as god of this dying world.

    BTW, Dallas TS is not the same school that it was 2 or 3 decades ago. One of my Tyndale profs, David Olander, noted that it has succumbed to a post modern “critical view” of the Bible and has compromised true biblical instruction in many theological areas. Satan is smiling.

    • I love the examples you used. Well done. When I read this article I immediately thought of the Bible lesson Cleopas and his friend received on the road to Emmaus. And who delivered this Bible lesson? Jesus of course.

      Luke 24:25-27
      25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

      Andy went on to say to his congregation:

      “Jesus’ new covenant, His covenant with the nations, His covenant with you, His covenant with us, can stand on its own two nail-scarred resurrection feet. It does not need propping up by the Jewish scriptures,”

      Has Andy forgotten that Jesus purposely tied ALL scripture together because after all, it’s ALL about Him! And if that wasn’t enough, Jesus said the following:

      Luke 24:44 (ESV)
      44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

      • Hi Barbie, Thank you for joining in! Author and I watched the whole video as per your request. Because of Dr. Brown’s re-wording of Stanley’s comments re the “unhitching” of the OT, Stanley’s remarks are made less objectionable to those of us who hold a dispensational view of the Scriptures, only because we know that the Age of Grace [Church Age] follows the Age of Law. Brown suggested that “First century [OT] Jewish thinking was contrary to the universal message of the gospel… [there was an] exclusivism held to, based on the Scriptures” so therefore, first century church leaders unhitched the exclusivity of the Jews.

        However, what we realized after listening to Stanley’s style, is that he likes to “tickle the ears” when teaching the Gospel by presenting it as an “event-based”, i.e. the death and Resurrection, apologetic. An event in history, that if a NT believer accepts as fact, then, they will believe the OT… Yet, at the same time, he said that if your faith is built upon the assumption that all Scripture is inerrant and historically reliable, and someone presents evidence of no flood, no Exodus, your faith will be shaken because it is founded on a false premise…(???)

        Well, if we’re talking about event-based faith, the flood and the Exodus were also great events that are part of our faith. So then, if “event-based faith”, why would these not qualify, and instead, be a stumbling block to our faith?

        Near the end, Dr. Brown said, “All clear…”
        We say, “No clarity, inconsistent…” His apologetic is muddled up!

        That’s because he does not teach (or believe) in God’s dispensations, which require a literal interpretation, which do not require any unhitching of any word, command, event of Scripture, because they are all perfectly placed in their dispensational age. When Scripture is viewed in its proper place and time of God’s timetable, believers understand that Israel and the Church are on 2 different “tracks” and one does not replace, or need to be unhitched from, the other. God has different plans for each “track”.

        Our faith is not based on an event, our faith is based on a Person. A unique Person who is both divine and human, the Son of the only living God, Jesus the Christ. And this we believe because the Holy Spirit has shown it to us in the texts of Holy Scripture.

        Please read BP 101, Chapter 3 from our Home Page for more on Dispensationalism and other Doctrines.

  2. “It does not need propping up by Jewish Scriptures.” Classic amillennial “the church is everything” (including Israel) teaching, thus ignoring 4/5 of the Bible’s application to and about the Jews and Israel – the OT! Great follow up VS!!

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