First, let me say that this is a subject that I am passionate about because it is foundational to our faith.
If we, with silent voices allow, passively put up with, or cowardly tolerate teaching/instruction coming into the Church that weakens, distorts, or dismisses the absolute authority, strength, and power of the Old Testament, we not only have presumptiously dismissed the very breath of God upon, in, and through it, but have automatically opened the door for questioning the truth, authority, strength, and power of the NewTestament as well. If the Old T. is just man's way of seeing God's dealing, instead of God's actual dealings with man, then the New T. can be also.
That's a DANGEROUS error, Church, because it promotes, even if (as I believe) not intentional on anyone's part, the erosion, and watering down of God's true Gospel which was delivered to us first through the Prophets (Old Testament) and then through the Apostles (New Testament), men appointed not by man but by God Himself and annointed for the task.
We're talking bedrock here! This is the stuff for which men and women have given their lives to protect and pass down to us (the reason for my adamant stance). The devil is ALWAYS trying either to take the Word from us or water it down, robbing it of it's truth, power and authority. He started in Eden with his first conversation with Eve and continues to this day. Each generation is called to steward the truth and pass it on, intact, to the next generation.
In 2 Tim 3:16 it says,....All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
David said, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Ps. 119 (what word? he was reading the O.T.)
Paul told young Timothy......"But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus",
What scriptures was he talking about here? The New Testament had NOT been written yet. Timothy was made "wise unto salvation" through his study of the Old Testament, the only bible the early church had.
Peter writes in 2 Peter 3:1-2......."Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
That's both Old and New Testament.........the WHOLE counsel of God. We're not talking about putting ourselves back under the Law. That's NOT what this blog promotes. We are under grace.
But if we abandon any part of the Bible as the standard, the plumbline of Truth, the Church is left with no real authority to speak, only our opinion. The world will rightfully scorn us, as we have ceased being salt and light to this world and left every man to "do what is right in his own eyes."
I have more to say on this subject but will stop for now and invite others to join in.