March 30, 2018 — “GOOD FRIDAY”
Now that my “resuppositional” theses for the 500th Anniversary of Reformation Day, October 31, 2017, have had five months to sink in, along with considerable Biblical evidence, the careful reader should not be overly shocked by a point-blank presentation of what soberly yet urgently needs to be candidly denied if we are to make progress in restoring the wholesome Gospel “once for all delivered” by holy apostles in the holy Scriptures of the New Testament.
Accordingly, what follows is a list of thirty-one fundamental (indeed, embarrassingly elementary and obvious upon simple inspection!) denials. If you have conscientiously processed the Biblical evidence I included in the immediately preceding “Calling All Saints!” series, you will already know that none of the very common assertions that the following negations deny are to be found in the Bible. This fact should register as very strange to any honest mind. How has the general, if somewhat surprising, orthodox Protestant (whether Lutheran, Anglican, Reformed, Anabaptist, Evangelical, Charismatic, Third Wave) and additionally even Restorationist (largely) and Adventist consensus about these basic doctrines of salvation been woven so tightly as to defy all attacks FROM BIBLICAL SCRIPTURE ITSELF?
Providing the answer to that query, of course, is precisely what this blog site is all about. On March 11th, this blog turned six years old. Less than half of my notes on the Atonement have been entered thus far. Yet there is plenty of evidence and argument there already to more than hint at how the treacherous inveiglement by penal theories occurred. I am herewith recommencing my regular blog posts in order to continue the saga. The lessons to be learned about how to interpret Scripture properly are innumerable and their ramifications for Christian scholarship and practice immense. So I hope that the shock that comes (or should come) from reading this litany will prove a healing encounter by forcing us back ultimately to the exceedingly simple message of the New Testament and earliest Christianity which can only become clearly visible when the following treacherously fallible human traditions have all been stripped away as they ought to be. Yet a gentle warning: brace yourself…
URGENT BIBLICAL DENIALS CONCERNING THE ATONEMENT
1. Jesus did not “pay for” our sins.
2. Jesus did not “satisfy God’s justice” by dying for our sins.
3. God’s wrath did not fall on Christ at the cross or anywhere else.
4. Jesus did not “appease God’s wrath” toward our sins.
5. Jesus did not die “so that we do not have to die.”
6. Jesus was not “made sin” for us.
7. The righteousness of God was not revealed, manifested, or displayed at the cross.
8. The “righteousness of Christ” is not a Biblical expression, nor can it be “imputed to sinners.”
9. Believers do not “wear Christ’s righteousness as a garment by imputation.”
10. Adam’s own sin was not imputed to his descendants.
11. Human sins were not and can not be “imputed to Christ by God.”
12. Jesus did not “identify with our sin(s),” at the cross, nor was it possible or necessary.
13. Jesus was not rendered “guilty for human sins.”
14. Jesus did not drink “the cup of God’s wrath.”
15. Jesus was not “cursed by God.”
16. Nothing that Jesus suffered can be regarded as his bearing “the punishment of God” for our sins.
17. Jesus was not “condemned by God” for the sake of our sins.
18. Jesus was not “our substitute to bear the penalty for our sins.”
19. Jesus did not “pay a ransom to God” for our sins.
20. God did not need to “be reconciled with sinners.”
21. God has never been “hostile to humanity,” per se, on account of their sins.
22. The [re]conciliation of sinners to God did not occur “at the cross.”
23. Faith is not “the gift of God.”
24. Human righteousness, per se, is not regarded by God as “filthy rags.”
25. Jesus did not pay or suffer “what we deserved as sinners.”
26. Jesus did not suffer “eternal death” for us.
27. The faith that brings salvation has nothing to do with believing that Christ “made satisfaction for” our sins.
28. Jesus did not “keep the Law of Moses for us representatively.”
29. Christ’s death alone was not atoning.
30. Jesus did not “descend into hell (gehenna).”
31. The death of Christ was not intended only as a “moral influence” upon sinners.