Anselm’s perverse theory of “atonement” “satisfies God’s wounded honor” by DISHONORING HIS TRUE HOLINESS AND TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS—BOTH RESPLENDENTLY REVEALED IN HIS REPAYING HIS BELOVED SON WITH RESURRECTION AND ROYAL GLORIFICATION! IN ONE FELL SWOOP, OVERCOMPENSATING JESUS WITH THIS JUST AWARD FOR HIS UNJUST SUFFERING OF ABUSE AND ULTIMATE CRUCIFIXION BROUGHT RESTORED HONOR BOTH TO THE FATHER AND THE SON! Whereas, to the contrary, Anselm’s medieval notions cast dark shadows on God’s bright answer. For he further dishonors in the name of “honoring.” This is totally unacceptable because TOTALLY UNSATISFYING either to God or to honest human consciences. It is a fraud, albeit unquestionably pious. [6/09/06]
The substitutionary theory manages, amazingly, to virtually shunt the unique function and divine meaning of the innocent blood of Jesus! For it argues for an ostensibly “objective” assuaging or appeasing or “satisfying” of God’s wrath on the Cross, whereas the apostolic Proclamation insists always on the cleaning away of the sin–the recurrent cause of God’s indignation in each human heart. Thus their much vaunted “objectivity” actually sabotages the “subjective” (and divinely appointed!) application of the objective blood of Christ which is the only means for turning away God’s indignation from human beings. [6/09/06]
The “Reformers,” evidently feeling even themselves the inadequacy of a mere deflection of God’s wrath “at the Cross,” attempted to bolster their limping doctrine with yet another half truth (or, rather, misplaced truth), namely, that of “imputation of merits.” Echoing the Roman Catholic doctrine of merits rather than further exploring the apostolic pattern of sound explanations, these partial reformers unleashed yet another theological novelty that had the baneful effect of stalling progress in wholesomeness among God’s flock (despite all their talk about “honoring God’s holiness”). Scripture (Old and New Testaments alike) teaches nothing about such imputation, either of sin (à la “original sin”) or of Christ’s “merits.” It is totally spurious and subversive of proper, diligent exertion against the remaining corruption of our flesh in the power of God’s Spirit.
In radical opposition to this whole substitute gospel is the stirring Truth of GOD’S GLORIOUS OVERTURNING OF THE GROSS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE AT THE CROSS WHEN HE FINALLY BROUGHT JUSTICE ON THE THIRD DAY BY RAISING MESSIAH TO IMMORTAL LIFE–AN OVERCOMPENSATION WHICH INCLUDED A SUPERABUNDANT PROLIFERATION OF WHOLESOME SPIRIT TO ACTUALLY DO WHAT THE PARTIAL REFORMERS ASSERTED COULD ONLY BE “FORENSICALLY IMPUTED.” By adding necessarily mystifying theological terms to the “inadequate” terms the Wholesome Spirit had made wholesome for inclusion in Wholesome Scripture, these partial reformers are exposed in their dishonoring of Scripture and their theological “wisdom” is destined to turn to dust. [6/09/06]