But our common New Testament heritage calls upon us to be peacemakers and strivers for justice.
It was the Old Testament, not the New Testament, containing the Gospels, which guided Americans up to the Civil War.
The advocates of slavery used the New Testament, and Shalev says this “was in itself innovative and forward-looking.”
(Luke 22:20), rather "New Covenant," in contrast to the old covenant of works, which is superseded. "The covenant of grace is called new; it succeeds to the old broken covenant of works. It is ever fresh, flourishing, and excellent; and under the gospel it is dispensed in a more clear, spiritual, extensive, and powerful manner than of old" (Brown of Haddington). Hence is derived the name given to the latter portion of the Bible. (See TESTAMENT.)