New Covenant Theology A few years ago, after becoming Reformed in my thinking, I finally have realized what my belief system is called - New Covenant Theology. The final paradigm lurch came courtesy of none other than R.C. Sproul! Or at least from his Tabletalk magazine. For quite a while I had been dissuaded from looking more closely into NCT because of charges from people I had respected (and still do somewhat) that this position is "Antinomian". I thought, "Boy howdy, I don't want to be an Antinomian! I guess I'll just back away from this here New Covenant stuff real careful like." But two or three weeks ago I read a curiously titled web page, "An open letter to RC' Sproul", by John Reisinger, which concerns an issue of Tabletalk that dealt with Antinomianism in general, and New Covenant Theology as an extension of that. The author who used up most of Reisinger's ink was Richard Barcello. A quote from Reisinger follows. After rightly praising RC Sproul for much of the good that he has done for Christianity, he goes on to say... " I was, therefore, greatly disappointed, but given your unreserved commitment to Covenant Theology, not at all surprised by your unjustified attack on New Covenant Theology in general and two other men and me in particular. Your magazine, Tabletalk, of September 2002 carried five articles against 'antinomianism.' One of those articles, "The Death of the Decalogue," by Richard Barcellos, applied the odious label of theological antinomian to Tom Wells and Fred Zaspel, co-authors of the book New Covenant Theology (page 55), and to me (page 16). " The link for the whole letter is here: http://soundofgrace.com/jgr/index074.htm I thought that this would be a good chance to see in capsule form what NCT stands for. I was surprised by two things: 1. The basic points of belief are the same as mine. 2. The rebuttal of the NCT - as quoted in this article - cast Tabletalk magazine in a less-than-noble light. That is, it seemed that Reisinger (and Tom Wells and Fred Zaspel) were being summarily and unfairly cast as Antinomian. I say "seemed" because I felt that perhaps Reisinger was doing some selective quoting of his own in his comments on the Tabletalk articles. Luckily for me I had that copy of Table talk (September 2002) and read all of the pertinent articles, five of them. I was surprised and saddened to see that there was not much substance (nor fairness) in their opposition to NCT. What is the main point of contention, and the main cause for Barcello to call NCT Antinomian? It is for saying that Christ is our Sabbath rest, that we are not obligated to observe the Sabbath. Of all the commandments of the Decalogue this one has not been enlarged upon by Christ. Also the accusation is made that NCT does away with the Old Testament law (Decalogue), when in fact it teaches that Christ gave a newer, richer law in the New Testament (Matt. 5- 7 and elsewhere). Part of the controversy, perhaps, is due to that old bugbear of semantic misunderstanding. But another part - an important and unfortunate misunderstanding - is a failure to fully believe and appreciate the sheer gratuity of God's grace in Christ Jesus.