- The Sermon on the Mount (Beatitudes in Matthew 5)
- The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6)
- The Olivet Discourse on the end times (Matthew 24)
- The parables of Jesus
This hyper-grace pastor, Joseph Prince, writes: “There is a lot of confusion and wrong believing in the church today because many Christians read their Bibles without rightly dividing the old and new covenants. They don’t realize that even some of the words which Jesus spoke in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are part of the old covenant. They were spoken before the cross as He had not yet died. The new covenant begins only after the cross, when the Holy Spirit was given on the Day of Pentecost” (p. 92, “Destined to Reign” by Joseph Prince).
Equally strange is that, while Prince downplays Jesus’ words before going to the cross, he also downplays huge swathes of scripture after Calvary such as Hebrews and Revelation that allude to unpleasant themes such as apostasy, perseverance, and overcoming.
(Hebrews 6:4-8, Hebrews 10: 36-39, Revelation 2:10, Revelation 3:5 ) **
- Moses warned in Deuteronomy 4:1-2 that the Israelites must obey God’s commandments, neither adding to nor taking away from it.
- Paul, in his farewell message to the elders of the church at Ephesus, declared that he did not shrink from delivering to them the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).
It is utterly amazing that the standard of Bible literacy has fallen to such abysmal lows. Churchgoers simply accept a man’s words that what Christ taught BEFORE going to the cross is NOT relevant for believers as it belongs to the Old Covenant. Does it mean that all the well-respected theologians in church history are simply mistaken—and one man is correct?
If Jesus’ words are irrelevant and can be done away with, as hyper-grace asserts, why does Jesus categorically affirm that, though heaven and earth pass away, His words will not pass away?
Now who says that what Jesus taught before He went to the cross is not relevant for believers?
“Their understanding of the ministry and teachings of Jesus is erroneous because they consider the teachings of Jesus before Calvary as irrelevant for Christians (this includes the Sermon on the Mount, the parables and the Lord’s Prayer).”
HYPER-GRACE DOCTRINE REFUTED
REVIEW OF DESTINED TO REIGN
HAVE YOU FALLEN FOR THE FALSE-GRACE MESSAGE? (By John Burton)