The Fundamentals of New Covenant Theology
Part 15: NCT Described (IX)
“A major objective of NCT is that its hermeneutic will help bring doctrinal unity in this sin-wrecked world by helping to break down the middle walls of doctrinal partition that exist between DT and CT.” (Long, New Covenant Theology, NCT Described)
Two theological paradigms dominate evangelical Protestantism: Dispensational Theology and Covenant Theology. New Covenant Theology (NCT) seeks to offer a middle way between these two systems of theology. By consistently implementing the Protestant axiom of sola Scriptura, Christotelic (or Christocentric) hermeneutics and biblical theology, proponents of New Covenant Theology seek to graciously challenge both of these theological systems in specific areas where each lacks Scriptural foundation for its position. In the spirit of Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:26), advocates of New Covenant Theology strive to employ another Protestant maxim: Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei (Latin: “The Church reformed & always reforming according to the Word of God”). In doing so, New Covenant Theology hopes to help break down the middle walls of doctrinal partition which exist between Covenant Theology and Dispensational Theology. By means of Holy Spirit illumination, New Covenant theologians labor to contribute to the ongoing reformation of the Church’s collective understanding of Scripture, the Gospel, and theology.