Hi, Ted -

You wrote:

<<Do I smell the emergence of a new "law"? ONE CLOAKED IN REFORMED TERMINOLOGY? One that sounds "Biblical?"I thought Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us... Col. 2:14. This business of to whom we speak peace may be important, but can't it end up becoming legalistic wrangling, fighting, factionalistic bickering? Can't it be used as a weapon in our local churches and over the Net to ostracize others on the basis of "He spoke peace to______. Shun him!">>

Hmmm ... let's think about this.

Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us -- so does this mean that those who believe another gospel are saved? No, says Galatians 1:8-9.

Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us -- so does this mean that those who say there is no God are saved? No, says Psalm 14:1.

Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us -- so does this mean that those who pray to a god that cannot save are saved? No, says Isaiah 45:20.

Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us -- so does this mean that those who are ignorant of God's righteousness are saved? No, says Romans 10:3.

Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us -- so does this mean that those who say they have no sin are saved? No, says 1 John 1:8.

Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us -- so does this mean that those who deny that Jesus is the Christ are saved? No, says 1 John 2:22.

Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us -- so does this mean that those who do not abide in the doctrine of Christ are saved? No, says 2 John 9.

Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us -- so does this mean that those who speak peace to one who brings a false gospel are saved? No, says 2 John 11.

So, Ted -

Were David and Isaiah and Paul and John making a new "law"? Were they engaging in legalistic wrangling and fighting and factionalistic bickering?

Hmmmm ....

Soli Deo Gloria,

Marc


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