Archbishop Jensen on which bits of the Bible count

Ann has done it again, finding this interview with Archbishop Peter Jensen, attempting to explain why some of Leviticus counts and other bits don’t.

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5 Responses

  1. Peter Mayer says:

    Oh, TOSSAH! Brilliant!

  2. Mark Parker says:

    Hi Scott,
    This is in my country. I wonder if Craig will have the same jovial attitude in 60 or 70 years, when religion and knowing God might start becoming more important to him. Like the Bishop says he needs an appreciation and knowledge of the whole bible, not just a part that he thinks is old hat and no longer applicable. The Bishop could have asked him for his references and put off answering until he had the opportunity to study the matter and prepare a serious reply.
    Or he could have simply explained, that part of this law given to Moses in Lev, was a very strict law, given on account of the disobedience of the house of Israel so soon after being delivered by the Lord from bondage in Egypt. A bit like a wife being unfaithful to her husband on their honeymoon, Israel could have been cast off, but instead God gave her a very strict law. These punishments were not something to be enforced under the gospel law as given by Christ, where responsibility is placed upon the individual, however the punishment set forth for murder, adultery and other sexual transgressions, theft, breaking the Sabbath, and even disrespect for parents, under the law of Moses indicates the gravity of those transgressions, and they are sins to be avoided by any Christian wishing an inheritance in and entry into God’s kingdom.
    One of my ancestors was an Archbishop in the Church of England, before that he was a Catholic priest. He became a reformer and strove to establish the then new Church of England not as a new church but the old, original Church revived, he wanted it back to how it should be. His research into early Christian history proved that it was a mediaeval innovation which forbade the clergy to marry. He faced many difficulties and challenges and it is interesting to read some of that history. This is a link if you are interested:
    http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/MathewParker(ArchbishopCanterbury).htm
    I hope you don’t mind me posting comments, all the best Mark.

  3. Mark Parker says:

    The link above has divided, it needs both lines copied into the address bar, then it should work.

  4. BillyDinPVD says:

    “Gospel law”?

  5. Mark Parker says:

    “Gospel law”? is that an unusual expression? It’s just that Christ taught law, still based on the Ten Commandments, though with variation to the especially strict laws given to Moses, the Sermon on the Mount illustrates this in detail. But brings it back to the basis of the law which is in the first two commandments;

    ‘ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    38 This is the first and great commandment.
    39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

    Heb 7:11
    If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
    12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

    It would seem under the Law of Moses the Levitical priesthood had the authority to baptize by immersion for the remission of sin, like performed by John, but it had limitations. With the ‘Gospel law’ the Melchisedec priesthood returned with the power of laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. This is what John the Baptist spoke of regarding Christ, and it relates to Christ’s priesthood, and the priesthood the Christian church would operate under with the apostles.

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