By extension, some Christians presume that the Old Testament itself has been abrogated and is not relevant anymore. It is read more for curiosity than for application to Christian life. In the same way, the whole nature of the temple and its sacrificial worship is now happily forgotten in favor of an interior religion that takes what Jesus says about external piety without faith as the defining norm for what should be -- no public prayer, no fasting, no sacrifice, and no outward expression of any faith EXCEPT love. If that is how you read Jesus, you have read Him wrong. Our Lord never once castigates the Law has having failed anyone or anything nor does Jesus ever suggest that the temple is wrong and needs to go away. Just the opposite, Scripture records how faithful Jesus was in the synagogue, at the temple, and following the feasts and observances of the Law as God intended. His cleansing of the temple was not about the building but about the people and what they had done to prevent the House of God from being the temple God intended.
In the same way, modern folk insist that Jesus is interested in establishing a personal faith with individuals but does not really care if you go to church, if you find worship meaningful, or what you do that you call worship. What a joke! You can say yes to Jesus and no to church and God is happy that you have made a choice appropriate for you!??? Who said that? Not Jesus. When you hear people talk about a true Christian, it is usually in the context of behavior -- what they do or do not do or say or do not say. If God was only interested in cleaning up bad behavior, we would only have the Law. Faith that has no need of theology, morals, liturgy, or
church is not the faith of Jesus. The truth is that Christians can corrupt all of these as easily and as effectively as the religious leaders led the people of God astray before Christ came. We are sinners, aren't we? But the solution when things go wrong is not to abandon what God has given and commanded but repentance and faith. The solution to what people find lacking in the church is not the abolition of the church or the abrogation of corporate worship but the renewal of their proper use with the focus on what it is that calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies -- the means of grace. The Word and Sacraments are not optional extras nor is church there for those who find it meaningful or who desire it. Christ is there in the Word and Sacraments bestowing what He has won and promised and the Spirit is there enabling us to receive His gifts with joy. A lawless person or church that pits the moral law against piety and practice has misread Jesus and proceeds to make exceptional what Jesus intended to be ordinary and routine.