This weekend, however, Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, hit back hard by comparing Stanley’s continuing controversial comments on the matter with an ancient heresy.
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.