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In Defense of the Decalogue : A Critique of New Covenant Theology Paperback – March 1, 2001

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Richard Barcellos graduated Cum Laude with the degree of Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from The Master's Seminary in 1989. He has enjoyed ministering at Palmdale Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA, since 1990. Whitefield Theological Seminary, Florida, awarded him the degree of Master of Theology (Th.M.) for his critique of New Covenant Theology. He and his wife, Nanette, are blessed with five children.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Winepress Publishing (March 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0965495590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965495592
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,452,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Etherington on March 8, 2002
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New Covenant Theology is still growing and changing. It struggles to fill the space between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology. The reason Barcellos' small book is so important NOW is that many of the errors being put forth by NCT need to be addressed before becoming entrenched. In order to avoid strawman arugments against minor opinions, Richard has tried to stick to published sources and not self-published, Internet-based missives.
What needs to happen next is for proponants of New Covenant Theology to formulate and PUBLISH a response. Publishing requires review and endorsement, not just a wordprocessor. I believe it will produce a more robust, and better thought out, reply.
In the end, Barcellos' book should start the discussion. Sure, more in-house debate is needed by NCT proponants, but hopefully Richard's work will point them to some foundational issues they need to wrestle with.
This book is for you if you are considering New Covenant Theology as an alternative to other theological systems. This book is for you if you are a Covenant Theologian and are interested in an honest, gracious critique of this new system. This book is for you if you are an ardent NCTian and want an outsider's look at your presuppositions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Ramirez on November 21, 2013
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This book kept me from embracing new covenant theology when I left dispensationalism. Dr. Barcellos interacts with their works and understanding of key passages, while providing compelling exegesis of his own in defense of the decalogue. This book, through sound exgesis led me away from NCT and into the Reformed Baptist camp wherein I hold to the London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689.

My love for the Law and Christ have increased as a result of this book.

It should be noted that Dr. Barcellos cannot be held accountable for adaptations and shifting of views of NC theologians.
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26 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2002
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Barcellos admits that NCT has not yet reached any sort of definitive form (which should raise red flags about Barcellos' book: is it premature? ). Indeed, NCTers continue to engage in vigorous debate with one another. As of yet, NCT is simply a movement united by an effort to answer the question: What is new about the New Covenant?
Dispensationalism has not answered the question: it denies that the NC was enacted by Christ. Covenantalism has not yet answered the question: it denies that the NC brought anything substantively new. Barcellos'book (written from a covenantal standpoint)does not even attempt to answer the question. He merely takes a few pop shots at only a few tenets of only a few NCTers. It is not anything like a definitive treatment. There is some thought provoking exegesis, but the logical incoherence of the work is a roadblock to reaching Barcellos' stated conclusion. Consider, for example, these (his) statements:
"In saying that Christ annuled the Law of Moses, what is meant is that He annulled it as Old Covenant law. The Old Covenant has been replaced by the New Covenant. The Law of Moses no longer functions as it once use to...Hence, the annulling of the law of the Old Covenant does not mean it is in no way binding on the Christian. The New Testament clearly abrogates the whole Old Covenant, including the Decalogue, as it functioned within the Old Covenant..."
It is telling that Barcellos would use such Buddhist logic to "defend the Decalogue." How can a book so titled speak of the Old Law\Old Covenant (and even the Decalogue itself!) as "abolished" and "no longer binding"?
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5 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Hawaiian Guy on August 12, 2004
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A great work and expose of the gangrene of NCT!
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