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QUESTION
1. Are we to use the Old Testament and the New Testament to determine how to please God today?









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ANSWER
The New Testament is used to determine how to live a godly life today, or how to become a true Christian. It was establisned by Jesus Christ.   It represents the new covenant (or contract) that supersedes the old covenant (or Old Testament).  The Old Testament embodies the covenant that God made with only the Nation of Israel, not with any other people, or gentiles.  The New Testament is God's covenant for all people. One enters into this covenant by faith in Jesus Christ. Faith that is acceptable to God causes one to receive the Holy Spirit, and be changed into a new creation, or Born Again.  Then one MUST live a holy life, free from sin, to remain acceptable to God. However, the Old Testament is a valuable resource, as long as it is used in a manner that does not violate the teachings of the New Testament.

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SCRIPTURAL GUIDANCE

Luke 22:20

Matthew 28:18-20
Hebrews 7:18-22
Hebrews 8:6-7, 13
2 Corinthians 3:6
Daniel 8:23-25
Matthew 6:24
John 3:3-7
Galatians 3:14
Romans 6:1-18
1 Peter 1:13-17
 
PERSONAL or COLLECTIVE IMPACT
Being guided by the Old Testament usually leads to legalism and materialism. Legalism is when people seek to please God by their outward behavior, or works, and ignore their inner life. It is our inner life, our heart, that must remain pure before God, as we are lead by the Holy Spirit. Then our outward behavior will  always be pleasing to God as well.

Misuse of the Old Testament by multitudes of ministries today is leading many into a spiritual holocaust! Especially when they use Old Testament characters to wrongfully support their false "gospel of peace & prosperity".  Their heavy emphasis on materialism fulfills the deadly effects of the prophecies of Daniel for the last days.  And it is in defiance of the teachings of Jesus, which says we "cannot serve God and mammon (or materialism)".
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