Old Testament Biblical hermeneutics

This illustrates a fundamental biblical principle: what God has commanded we must assume to have continuing force until such time as God Himself says, in effect, “you no longer have to obey this commandment.” Some hermeneutical schemes insist that God must repeat in the New Testament all the commands to which He still holds us. Those who so insist are trying to impose a man-made rule on a Sovereign God!

My two cents

Titlepage of the New Testament section of a Ge...
Titlepage of the New Testament section of a German Luther Bible, printed in 1769. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think I agree with the hermeneutic advocated by Olliff and Hodges. I assume it has a particular name, but I don’t know what it’s called.

If God’s word must repeat itself, it brings up an interesting scenario in the years immediately following Jesus’s death. He died in the early 30s, but the books of the New Testament weren’t written for years or decades later, and they weren’t canonised until much later.

As a result (and based on a dispensationalist hermeneutic), Jesus left the first Christians in a moral vaccum for decades, if not the lifetimes of some of his followers. That doesn’t sound convincing, and so I lean away from the position that the Old Testament commands must be reaffirmed if they are to be obeyed.

It reminds me of that paper by Ray Sutton called Must God Stutter? In it, David Chilton asked a seminary professor whether a church has grounds to dismiss a pastor engaged in bestiality. Since God didn’t stutter, the professor said there were no grounds for dismissal.

Quote source

Olliff, D.K. and Hodges, D.H.. (n.d.). A Reformed Response to Daniel Helminiak’s Gay Theology. Available: http://www.reformed.org/social/hodges_response_helminiak.html. Last accessed 31st Dec 2011.


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