Matthew 5:39, Matthew’s Unique Jesus
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
//Today’s teaching is found only in one book of the bible: The Gospel of Matthew. In fact, a good number of our Christian teachings come only from Matthew. A person, then, who rejects Matthew as not carrying apostolic authority would have a much different view of what it means to be a Christian.
This is exactly what Joshua Woodward argues for in his book, God of Fire: The Hope Reformation. He lists the following topics as unique only to Matthew among the gospel writers. I have not taken the time to research this list, but it definitely is interesting!
Kingdom of Heaven
Heaven or Hell theology
Keys of the kingdom of heaven
Primacy of Peter
Righteousness through the law
Jesus rejecting those who do miracles in his name
Separation of sheep and goats based on works
Lust as a precedent for self mutilation
Calling someone a fool or being angry endangers hell
Don’t resist an evil person