The Fundamentals of New Covenant Theology – Part 15: NCT Described (IX)

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)

Explanation:

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.

2 Comments

  1. Manfred

    Seeking a middle way between two systems is not the way to find Truth in the Scriptures. This is a key concern I have with NCT. We find Truth by humbly seeking to know what God has revealed to us in Scritpure. Errors other men have made are helpful us as are guardrails on a bridge, but are the way to Truth.

    1. zmaxcey (Post author)

      I would agree that “seeking a middle way between two systems is not the way to find Truth in the Scriptures.” I am not attempting to imply, convey, or teach that it is the way to find Truth. The Scriptures are the wholly infallible, wholly inerrant, plenary inspired, wholly sufficient, and wholly authoritative Word of God. I also wholeheartedly agree that “we find Truth by humbly seeking to know what God has revealed to us in Scripture.” In the spirit of 1 Thessalonians 5:21, all Christians are to be “always reforming according to the Word of God” by the illumination of the Holy Spirit. To say that ‘New Covenant Theology seeks to offer a middle way between Covenant Theology and Dispensational Theology’ should not be understood as meaning that proponents of NCT look first to theological systems for Truth and not the Scriptures. Hardly, proponents of NCT, such as myself, would respectfully contend that New Covenant Theology is a more accurate theological system because it rests upon a more accurate understanding of the Scriptures themselves than does Covenant Theology (in both its paedobaptistic and baptistic forms) and Dispensational Theology (in both its Classical and Progressive forms). NCT is able to offer a middle way because it, I would argue, has a more biblically-accurate understanding of the Scriptures.

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