Editor’s Note: Someone has been gracious enough to let me know about a response to Marcellos’ book by John Reisinger entitled In Defense of Jesus, the New Lawgiver.The reader can purchase both books, but I will focus exclusively on Barcellos’ in these reviews.
a) These scholars are committed to the London Baptist Confession and Westminster Confession of Faith. This implies a certain confessional presupposition.
b) These writers have a high view of Scriptures. George Knight, for instance, delivered a lecture at Greenville Seminary many years ago about the necessity of Scriptures to all of life. The other endorsers will happily agree.
c) These writers all share a common distaste for Dispensationalism. Kenneth Talbot writes: “…this new teaching (NCT) is nothing more than implicit dispensationalism.” Further, he says that Barcellos’ book “has brilliantly identified the unbiblical errors upon which this man-made doctrine has been established.” In their estimation, NCT is simply a resurrection of another error.
d) The debate centers around exegetical concerns. All writers affirm that Barcellos is capable of critiquing NCT exegesis.
e) All endorsers of this book believe strongly in the continuing validity of the Ten Commandments in the New Testament age.
I can summarize Barcellos’ and his defenders’ theology in the following three statements:
a) High view of biblical authority.
b) Commitment to Confessionalism.
c) Belief in the Continual Validity of the Ten Words to the modern day, which includes a high view of the sabbath (4th commandment).
NCT advocates will certainly concur with the first, but take exception with the second and third.
In the next post, I will focus on the preface to the book.