LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Friday, September 22, 2006

Piper on NCT

Please check out this link...

Piper Artical

8 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

That's one long link address.

September 22, 2006 11:36 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark,
Thanks for that link. It was an interesting article. I struggle with some of my denomination's (PCA) views on covenant theology. Dispensational theology certainly makes no sense to me. Maybe I should look closer at the NCT.

September 22, 2006 4:51 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

W.H.: Seeds of NCT were planted in my heart as far back as the late '70's. Although it did not exist as a system yet, a certain teacher, Malcome Smith, from Australia, was teaching things that were very similar; So that when I stumbled accross NCT in 2002 their views resonated with me.

The churches I attended throughout the '70's and into the '90's were strongly, if not thoroughly Dispensational. As I read my Bible over and over again Dispensationalism made less and less sence to me. I could not find its basis in scripture. I noticed that if I did not consult my Scofield notes I could not arrive at dispensational conclussions on my own. This troubled me. If I could not come to the same conclussions on my own, without those notes, well, let's say that red flags went up.

NCT is a work in progress. It is being formulated by scholars from Progressive Theology and Covenant Theology as they come together to re-examine their respective systems, comparing those systems against what the Bible actually teaches. It is a brave move on their parts. These scholars think that it is time for all earnest Christians to sit down and re-evaluate their belief systems, comparing them with the Bible, to see if their systems line up with what the Bible actually teaches. The reformers had a saying, "semper reformanda", "always reforming". We would do well to examine what about our beliefs is Biblical, and what is traditional; A worthy effort, indeed.

September 23, 2006 12:33 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

Piper Link

Here I tried to link it. Phew that was long...hope it worked. I'll go over and check it out.

September 23, 2006 3:18 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

Hey Mark,

I have kind of gone through something similar as you and in fact even now I don't excactly know what basket to put my eggs in. Thanks for informing us of this. I have struggled so much with the dogma people have over dispensationalism and then turn around and wonder why men like you and I are called arrogant for wanting to see what scripture is saying. It is such an odd thing.

September 23, 2006 3:31 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

I read the link and oddly find myself agree with the position Piper has here. I really do believe NCT most closely resembles what I believe I have read in scripture. Perhaps this is indeed the system I fall under, but I really need to keep studying.

September 23, 2006 3:40 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Brian: I recomend that you come back Sunday or Monday. There I will post the link to the first paper that I ever read on New Covenant Theology, back in 2002.

September 24, 2006 12:02 AM

 
Blogger Gayla said...

I just e-mailed the link to myself so I can print it.

Thanks for the article - I'll have to get back to you on it.

September 27, 2006 2:26 PM

 

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