* DOCTRINE SUMMARY *
The Old Covenant law has lapsed.
However, the two key 'pegs' still form the fundamental guide for
- You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
- You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
To this most basic instruction, a New Covenant requirement has been
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you,
that you love one another,
as I have loved you,
that you also love one another.
(A command for Christians to have
concern for the spiritual welfare
of each other.)
This 'new commandment' composes the central theme of New Testament
teaching! Spiritual equivalents of Old Covenant requirements fore-
shadow aspects of it and New Testament comments indirectly allude
In respect to New Testament teaching it is very easy to become
enmeshed in the events and commentary presented, but the maintenance
of an overall perspective is important. The following points should
- The sacrifice of Jesus Christ should never be considered
to have eliminated an individuals need to grow spiritually
through the regular study of the Word of God and
participation in the Work.
- The performance of what appears to be New Testament rituals,
such as baptism and the Lord's Supper, will not lead to
salvation. One must see through the symbolism and do what
is actually being portrayed.
- Excessive emphasis upon individual behaviour is unbalanced!
Church hierarchies which cling to their tradition, refusing
to bring their past teachings into harmony with a deeper
understanding of the written Word of God, will bring God's
judgment upon themselves and their flock.