Last May, megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley was extremely criticized after making specific comments about the Old Testament. The North Point Community Church pastor of 33,000 members was scrutinized for disregarding the importance of Old Testament scriptures.
He had reportedly said, "Peter, James, Paul elected to unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures, and my friends, we must as well."
Later, Stanley defended himself. He said, "I never suggested we 'un-hitch' from a passage of Scripture or a specific biblical imperative."
Now, however, the pastor is under fire yet again. In the newest issue of Relevant Magazine, Stanley talked about the new covenant that Jesus invited believers into. He specifically quoted John 13:34.
Later, Stanley said, "The Ten Commandments are from the old covenant." He said that Christians should not try to defend "Ten Commandments monuments" in "public space or on a government property."
His exact words were, "Participants in the new covenant (that's Christians) are not required to obey any of the commandments found in the first part of their Bibles. Participants in the new covenant are expected to obey the single command Jesus issued as part of his new covenant: as I have loved you, so you must love one another."
As soon as his commentary in the magazine came out, Christians began criticizing Stanley for his words. Many noted that Jesus himself said that God's laws should not be rejected. However, others noted that Stanley was not necessarily disregarding the Old Testament or old laws, but rather emphasizing that Jesus and Love are the perfections of them. Still, several people spoke out.
CBN quoted Matthew 5:17-19 as a rebuttal for Stanley's statement: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Joseph Farah, WND publisher, wrote, "Andy Stanley is not preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus and the apostles preached. Nor is Stanley preaching the Gospel of personal salvation that Jesus and the apostles preached. Instead, he is preaching replacement theology- completely discarding about three-quarters of the Bible and misinterpreting what's left."
As of Wednesday afternoon, Stanley had not attempted to defend or clarify his statements. What do you think about what he said? Let us know your thoughts. In other recent news, Brett Kavanaugh just released his official written testimony ahead of his Supreme Court hearing.