What do we do with Old Testament rules?

by Robert Brow  June 1999   (web site - www.brow.on.ca)

I assume we all agree about the authority of the Bible as God's Word. What divides us is how we see that authority giving us guidance about this or that kind of behaviour. We are not to make lists of approved or disapproved acts, and reject people as did the Pharisees. The problem for us all is settling what are the approved or disapproved acts in particular cases. Do people deny the authority of God's Word if they question whether one ought to :

That means we cannot merely quote a verse from Scripture and assume everyone will agree with us that God approves or condemns some particular act. Christians have tended to major on sexual sins, but the sins at the bottom of the heap in Romans 1:28-32 include being proud, abusive, covetous, gossips, unkind. The safe thing is to say we are all sinners, and any lack of love on our part is as bad as any other.

I don't think it is a rejection of the Word of God to say that every kind of moral behaviour needs to be evaluated in every generation using Jesus' own principles for making the evaluation. Whatever our sexual problems, we can learn to love by the Spirit, and He can be trusted to correct us in his own sequence in due course.

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