Applying the Old Testament to the New Testament Church
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Out of Context: "If my people..."
How many of us, in the last 15 years, have heard the following Old Testament scripture used as if it were written to Americans?
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
The message that is advocated is that if American Christians will do this, this, and this, God will make America great again. But God has never promised to make America great under any circumstances.
Of course, this verse was not written to Americans. It was written to the people of the ancient nation of Israel. To try to apply it to America is to take it out of context. Thispromise of God was not made to America. It was made to ancient Israel. It no more applies to us in America than to Noah in his time and country. Noah and his family did humble themselves, and sought God's face, and turned from their wicked ways. God forgave their sins, but he did not heal their land. It was destined for judgmentand destruction. America is destined for judgment and destruction as is every nation of this pagan world system.
Misapplying the Old Testament
This is a general problem among those who profess to be Bible Believing Christians: Taking Old Testament scriptures that were written to Israel at a specific time for a specific purpose, and then trying to apply them directly to followers of Jesus in the New Testament Church.
This ends up causing many problems that distract from a pure devotion to Jesus Christ. These problems end up turning a New Testament relationship with Jesus into a religious system of food and drink and rituals and holy days. And as referred to above, it also causes Christians to pursue Nationalistic Patriotic Idolatry.
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