Saturday, September 26, 2009

Appendix 1: Joseph Prince, Sins, and 10 Commandments

I keep hearing people accusing Joseph Prince (JP) for advocating lifestyle that does not concern about sin to his congregation. Worst of such accusation is that he teaches that Christians can sin all they want.

But that is a strawman. JP does not teach that. Here is what he wrote in his book:

"I, Joseph Prince, am vehemently, completely, aggressively and irrevocably AGAINST SIN! Sin is evil. I do not condone sin. A lifestyle of sin leads only to defeat and destruction." (Capitalized original, p.30)

It is clear that he is against sins though he does not specify what kinds of sin. The failure to recognize the grace of the new covenant is a more urgent concern in his theology. He does not condone nor condemn sins explicitly. Rather he sees the priority of preaching about God's forgiving grace as more important than condemning sins.

JP's theology emphasizes primarily that our sins which are being pointed out by the 10 Commandments have been forgiven by God's grace through Jesus Christ (p.42-43). He considers the admonishment to keep the 10 Commandments is "good to the flesh" and not what God says (p.102). The 10 Commandments "have been made obsolete" when God revealed the new covenant of grace (p.122).

"How should we preachers help believers to exhibit more Christian character? When asked for the solution, most people would say, "Discipline! We need to focus more on the Ten Commandments and develop discipline, and then self-control, godliness and brotherly kindness will come." While all that sounds very good (to the flesh), that is not what the Word of God says, and I for one, want to go by what it says (he then quotes 2 Peter 1.5-9)". (Bold original, p.102)

"... with the advent of the new covenant of grace, the Ten Commandments have been made obsolete. We are no longer under the ministry of death, but under the ministry of Jesus which brings life!" (Bold original, p. 122)

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reasonable said...

A thought in response to Joseph Prince's comment: While I do not see anything special for d so-called "ten" commandments supposedly linked to a possibly mythical Moses (it is a mixture of moral and non-moral rules and the non-moral aspect is not universal, the moral aspect non-comprehensive), that section from 2 Peter has nothing to do with the "ten" commandments being obsolete. If my quick casual reading is not mistaken, instead of talking about grace, that passage from 2 Peter stressed the importance of developing a morally good character [which may sound like "works" to some people].

JP The Second said...

JP breaks commandment no. 2 (exodus 20:4b) which says, 'You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above'.

He teaches Ro 6:14b and uses Ro 6:14b to teach against Ro 6:3-11, thereby breaking commandment no. 2.

To justify his idolatory, he tries to do away with the 10 commandments.