From the time of the apostles, the church has been frequently assailed by false teachers, making it necessary for pastors to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, being men of sound doctrine, able to refute those who contradict it (Jude 3; Titus 1:9).
Since the 1970s, the church has been troubled by false doctrine known as ‘New Covenant Theology’, in which we encounter a cluster of fundamental errors, previously propounded by Anabaptists of the 16th century, who were steadfastly opposed and clearly refuted by John Calvin (Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1559, 2.10–11).
New Covenant Theology denies the unity of the Bible, erroneously asserting radical discontinuity between the Old Testament and the New. It perverts covenant theology, reducing God’s promises to Abraham to promises of material blessing only. It misrepresents God’s covenant with Israel under Moses as being a covenant of works and devoid of grace. It denies that Israel was truly God’s church, reducing it to a mere foreshadowing of the church of Christ. New Covenant Theology rejects the distinction between moral, ceremonial, and civil law, and teaches that the ten commandments are abolished under the new covenant. Torturing the text of the New Testament, it undermines the preaching of the gospel, and sanctification. It spurns the creeds and Reformed confessions of faith.
The title of the present work, New Covenant Theology Weighed and Found Wanting, sums up its contents accurately. The serious Christian reader, who desires a safe path through the minefield of error that is New Covenant Theology, will surely welcome this book and receive much benefit from it.
[From the Foreword by The Rev. Dr Peter J. Naylor, Minister, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Cardiff]