If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to some of the lectures given by Richard Hays at Baylor University a few weeks ago let me encourage you to do so. I have already linked both audio and video here. In these lectures he challenges the modern approach to reading the Old Testament by taking a look at the christological lens through which the canonical Gospels present the Old Testament. In his opening lecture, “Can the Gospels Teach Us How to Read the Old Testament”, he says this:

“….many mainstream Protestant churches are, in fact, naively Marcionite in their theology and practice. In their worship services they have no Old Testament reading or if the Old Testament is read it’s rarely preached upon and indeed, in so far as Jewish tradition appears in preaching at all it is usually with a negative foil for the gospel, a legalistic religion from which Jesus has delivered us.”

I find it hard to disagree with this statement. I would say this isn’t limited to mainstream Protestants. We evangelicals have been influenced as well.

Do you see modern Protestant preaching as essentially Marcionite? If so, what can we do to change this?