September 29, 2018   |   Category: Prophecy News   |   Tags:

Andy Stanley asserts Jesus gave one new law ‘as a replacement for everything’

A mega-pastor of one of the largest “evangelical” churches in the U.S. is attacking the Old Testament again, this time insisting Jesus rendered the Ten Commandments null and void, issuing one new law “as a replacement for everything.”

Andy Stanley, pastor of the 34,000-member North Point Community Church in suburban Atlanta, who famously advised his flock to “unhitch” from the Old Testament in a sermon last spring, has now penned an article promoting his new book saying laws such as “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and “Thou shalt not kill” are no longer relevant to Christians living in the New Covenant era.

“You’ve heard the story before: A group of Christians puts up a monument of the Ten Commandments in a public space or on government property,” begins Stanley in his article titled, “Why do Christians want to post the Ten Commandments and not the Sermon on the Mount?” “Someone says it violates the separation of church and state. The Christians say taking it down would violate their freedom of speech. There’s some back and forth in court and both sides say some not-so-great things about the other. Rinse and repeat. But how many times have you seen Christians trying to post the text of the sermon on the mount in a public place? Or the all-encompassing commandment Jesus gave us? ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another — John 13:34 The one commandment! Doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? But if we’re going to create a monument to stand as a testament to our faith, shouldn’t it at least be a monument of something that actually applies to us?”

Stanley goes on to write that the Ten Commandments are from the Old Covenant, which he says “played a significant role in God’s creation of the nation of Israel. It gave them moral guidelines and helped separate this new nation from their neighbors. This was part of the formal agreement (or covenant) God created with his people, but Jesus’ death and resurrection signaled the end of that covenant and all the rules and regulations associated with it. Jesus didn’t issue his new command as an additional commandment to the existing list of commands. He didn’t say, ‘Here’s the 614th law.’ Jesus issued his new commandment as a replacement for everything in the existing list. Including the big ten. Just as his new covenant replaced the old covenant, Jesus’ new commandment replaced all the old commandments.”


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  1. He makes a good point and it is perfectly consistent with Pauls in Romans: ‘ Love [ sacrificial, self giving love] fulfills the Law’. You guys publish this pastors comments as if they are heretical or scandalous. The Sermon the Mount is Jesus telling use hat this love is; how it reckons and acts. I don’t know this pastor, but here he’s absolutely correct.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Lane,
      If we are truly born again and follow the commandment to Love the Lord God with all our mind, body and strength, and love our neighbor as our self. We will not break the other commandments. The first 4 commandments are about our relationship with God and the last 6 are about our relationship with our fellow man. So, I would say that the Ten Commandments are still applicable to our lives.

  2. Alan Opperman

    Re: Andy Stanley. As a result of my own studies on this issue, I am inclined to believe there is more than sufficient scripture which we can refer to which supports Andy’s view. In fact, this is not “his” view, it is more likely a scriptural truth. I’m in favor of throwing more light on the subject in order that the church develop an understanding in this regard.

      • “Oh so many simple minded people following doctrines of devils.”:

        Luke 16:29 ……, They have Moses and the prophets: let them hear them.
        1 John 2:27 …….and *yourselves*, the unction which ye have received from him abides in you, and ye have not need that any one should teach you; ……..

        and again:

        Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditation.
        :100 I understand more than the aged, because I have observed thy precepts.

  3. John 13:34-So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
    Matthew 5:17 NLT — “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.
    Andy cleary “teaches” out of his own agenda and ignorance.

  4. He goes astray.He wanders.

    Rom 10:4 For Christ is [the] end of law for righteousness to every one that believes.

    1 Cor 9:20 And I became to the Jews as a Jew, in order that I might gain the Jews: to those under law, as under law, not being myself under law, in order that I might gain those under law:
    :21 to those without law, as without law, (not as without law to God, but as legitimately subject to Christ,)…

    • If this man doesn’t believe in New Testament conversion? As found in the book of Acts. He is wasting his breath speaking to a church. The covenant has changed but God said he would write his laws in your hearts & in your minds. Disciples don’t follow ceremonial law to be in covenant with God. Read what the Apostle told the church @ Ephesus below. Sure sounds like commandments to me. Good ones at that. Kind of like the commandment to repent & be Baptized everyone of you. I know I have shown my ignorance in life also. Just not like this poor man has to a congregation of 34,000 & the world.

      Acts 17:30-31 NKJV
      Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, [31] because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

      Ephesians 4:25-32 NKJV
      Therefore, putting away lying, “ Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” e for we are members of one another. [26] “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, [27] nor give place to the devil. [28] Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. [29] Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. [32] And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

  5. Dolly Anderson

    You are wrong. Jesus never said, “Never mind my other laws, here’s a new one for you”. Does your father know you’re preaching this? I’ve been watching him ever since he was on TV and I’ve NEVER heard him say anything like this.

  6. Linda Hermann

    Concerning article based on WND story Mega-Pastor: Ten Commandments No Longer Applicable. The article is well written, yet the source WND doesn’t have a solid reputation. My opinion is that nothing we allow ourselves to engage with is neutral. Everything either points us to Jesus or directs us away from the Kingdom of God. Please reconsider using World Net Daily. Thank you

  7. Brandon Finkelstein

    He isn’t wrong. That is what Jesus Christ came and died for us, so that The Father can heal broken people. His Hesed endures forever and is better than life!!!! Would he withhold anything else since he gave His Beloved Son for us, sinners?

    See Below (Amplified used to capture the multi-definition of certain words in Greek. When translated to English, it can be limited in KJV and NIV, etc):

    Colossians 2:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    ‘When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins, having canceled out the [a]certificate of debt consisting of [b]legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross.’