New Covenant Theology (NCT) is a developing system of theology that is working to provide a more accurate way to interpret the Scriptures by questioning key theological presuppositions which undergird the principles of interpretation (hermeneutics) that exist in both Covenant Theology (CT) and Dispensational Theology (DT). NCT is based upon a redemptive history approach to understanding the fulfillment of God's eternal purpose on earth. Its Christotelic Hermeneutic with Christ as the focus "in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27) is based upon a biblical theology that stresses the theology of the Bible itself. NCT challenges explanation of the theological presuppositions of the one overarching covenant of grace teaching of CT, including its understanding of the "moral law" of God and the nature of the Church. NCT also challenges the two redemptive purposes of DT, one for the Church and one for Israel, and it challenges some of DT's presuppositions and literal hermeneutic for understanding key elements of Bible prophecy. The driving motive of NCT is "Back to the Bible." NCT emphasizes the inductive study of the Bible. A major objective of NCT is that its hermeneutic will help bring doctrinal unity in this sin-wrecked world by helping to break down the middle walls of doctrinal partition that exist between DT and CT.
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About the Author
Gary D. Long is the Faculty President of Providence Theological Seminary in Colorado Springs, CO. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri (B.S. in Agriculture, 1959) and from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M. in Systematic Theology, 1969; Th.D. in Historical Theology, 1972). He also assisted as a church planter while serving in the U.S. Army and retired as a Field Artillery Colonel in 1989. His published writings include Definite Atonement, Biblical Law and Ethics, The Christian Sabbath-Lord's Day Controversy and Context! Evangelical Views on the Millennium Examined.