Over the past several years, I’ve seen, read, and participated in a lot of discussions about what laws or commandments we need to follow in the New Covenant, what a Biblical Theology of the New Covenant should be, or what the eschatology of NCT adherents should be. (That last one is a particularly volatile one at the moment, with some amills wanting to kick out the premills.)
In other words, there’s a lot of conversation about NCT orthodoxy.
But what about NCT orthopraxy?
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Not a good example of contextualization.
At his blog, It Is Written, Dr. Bob Gonzales has put together an excellent series on contextualization – a mandatory tenet of missional churches and the bête noire of John MacArthur — or what can better be described as “accommodation.”
In his latest installment, Gonzales helpfully reminds us:
[W]e need to accommodate our communication to the people we’re trying to reach, to the people we’re trying to edify because God accommodates himself to us in his revelation and because the servants of God, like Jesus and like Paul the apostle, accommodated their communication to their audience. Brothers, if we want to win souls, if we want to see our churches grow, if we want to increase the edification of our current membership, then we must become all things to all men. We must accommodate (not compromise) in the area of communication.
Indeed, contextualization properly defined and properly done doesn’t water down the gospel; it makes the offense of the gospel as clear as possible.