Everyone is chiming in on this one. The most dangerous heresy is that which sounds most like the truth. This one does not even sound close to truth to me, but it distresses me greatly that lots of good people are being snookered.
So many in the church act like sheep--just nibbling from blade to blade with no idea or concern for where their leaders are taking them.
So, should we abandon the Old Testament?
My answer is: Are you crazy?! No! Here's why:
- If we forsake the Old Testament because it condemns certain behaviors, what will we do with New Testament passages that do the same? What will we do with Romans 1, which says that people who practice certain behaviors "deserve to die"? What will we do with controversial passages like we find in 1 Corinthians 14 that forbids a woman to speak in church? Will we begin to practice selective censorship of certain parts of the Bible? Eventually, what will we have left?
- What is the job of the Christian pastor but to explain the difficult passages? When we do this--like they did at the Water Gage in Nehemiah 8--we might just have revival!
- How will we reach certain people with the Gospel without the Old Testament? For certain faith traditions it is the New Testament that is irrelevant! Our hope of reaching them is to show how Jesus fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament.
- What did Jesus say about the Old Testament? "Then He said to them, 'How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken! Didn't the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?' Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets (Old Testament), He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:25-27). The "Scriptures" it refers to here are the Old Testament. "You don't have His Word living in you, because you don't believe the One He sent. You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me" (John 5:38-39). Do not throw the Old Testament away because Jesus is the Subject of the Old Testament!
"But Christianity was not birthed out of the Old Testament, but out of the resurrection of Jesus!" (This is the part where everyone is supposed to say, "Amen!"). Yet, in explaining the Gospel, Paul says, "... that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures..." (1 Corinthians 15:4). What are the "Scriptures" he is referring to? The Old Testament! We lose the meaning of the resurrection if we divorce it from the Old Testament!
We cannot pick and choose which parts of the Bible are true. We accept the entirety of the Scripture as truth--even the difficult parts we all wrestle with... but they are still truth!
A farmer was walking along a path. On his shoulder was a bag of grain. There was a hole in the corner of the bag and a steady stream of grain was pouring out of the bag onto the path behind the farmer. Following along after him was a herd of pigs, gobbling up the grain.
A man saw this and said to the farmer, "That is sure a strange way to feed your pigs!"
"Sir," said the farmer, "I am not feeding them.... this is how I lead them to the slaughter house."
Be careful what you eat... and who you follow!