What is in view here is not human law, but God’s law. Just to speak the phrase brings a chill upon many a backbone. People don’t like to talk about God’s law. To do so is to be branded a fundamentalist, legalist, theonomist and/or extremist, all in the most vile sense of the word. For the most part contemporary Christians believe that they have arrived at a time in history that is beyond the application of any Old Testament laws, and in many cases, a time that is beyond all biblical law. People have converted the gospel of grace to mean a gospel without law — without obligation or responsibility. The good news that is preached in too many pulpits today is lawlessness, couched in terms of a gospel of positive thinking, of upbeat moralisms intended to make life better, richer, fuller, more meaningful, and happier. In order to justify the human distaste for biblical law, people — Christians among them — no longer speak of God’s law or the human obligation to it, not even in Bible study or worship.
However, the Bible is not a divided witness. It is a whole, a unity. God’s Word, God’s testimony is completely true. No part of it contradicts any other part. All parts are true and applicable to faith and life. There are two testaments, but only one God. The God of the Old Testament is none other than Jesus Christ, the Messiah of God. This understanding of Scripture is not new, but it has fallen on hard times. Thus, as it is resurrected in these pages it will no doubt seem odd or foreign — even heretical to many Christians who have forgotten their own roots. How I wish it were not so!