Originally published in the weekly bulletin at the church of Christ at Elkins on June 22, 2014
There are some today who attempt to subvert the teachings of Christ by arguing that these books belong in the Old Testament instead of in the New Testament. There is a woeful ignorance on the part of many concerning this erroneous theory that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are history books so they belong in the Old Testament!
Due to a failure to “rightly divide the word of truth,” many folks try to practice in religion things that pertain to the Law of Moses in order to justify their sinful behavior! For example Jesus said, “And I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her when she is put away committeth adultery.” (Matt. 19:9) Jesus clarifies the marriage law and the only reason for divorce! The issue is not about these books belonging in the Old Testament, but some want to justify their reason for a divorce by putting this scripture in the Old Testament context! By arguing that this passage is in the Old Testament, they can establish the fact that Moses permitted divorce for other reasons (hardness of heart) (Matthew 19:8)
What erring Christians fail to realize is that the Law of Moses was never given to the Gentiles or Christians and never did govern them! Christ reigns today instead of the Law of Moses, and through Him we have access unto God! Any who seek to justify divorce by way that Moses handled it will be rejected!
My friends, if one has entered into Christ but turns back to the Law of Moses, he/she stands condemned! “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law: ye are fallen from grace” (Gal. 5:4).
The gospel accounts, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John contain history (but not Old Testament history) but history concerning the Life of Christ and His teachings. Those teachings contain commandments that are obligatory for those living under Christ’s covenant as opposed to Moses’ covenant!
These gospel accounts belong in the New Testament for they contain teachings that are not contained in the Old Testament and are mandatory for a Christian’s faith and practice. Anyone today who binds the Sabbath, practice the use of instrumental music, wearing of robes, burning of incense, divorce for any reason must also forsake Christ and cling to Moses for their authority! Those who do so, need to read Galatians 5:4, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law: ye are fallen from grace.”
The last prophet to serve God under the Law of Moses was Malachi, and then there is a 400-year gap at the close of the Old Testament period and beginning of the New Testament period and the Life of Christ recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John which is clear proof where these books belong!