Hurting God PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 09 May 2009 16:14
All the classic, historic doctrines, that I have believed and  preached and suffered for over 50 years are under attack these days by self-professed Evangelicals: The attributes of God; the Bible as the verbally inspired, inerrant, propositional Revelation or Word of God; the Cross of Jesus as a penal or substitutionary Atonement for sin; the lost, fallen condition of all human beings and the absolute necessity for personal regeneration; forensic justification by faith alone which includes the imputation for the righteousness of Christ to sinners; the absolute necessity for faith in the Atonement; the content of the Gospel and the definition of the Kingdom- very sadly, the list goes on.  
In a Essay in the current issue of Christianity Today ("The Back Page"), Philip Yancy questions all the so-called theories of the Atonement and mentions the current hot debate on the subject between “Emergent” Christians and those who affirm the classic doctrines.  He does not seem inclined to join the latter at all, saying any theory “referencing animal sacrifices and God’s wrath can make a hard sell for many in modern times”.  Nothing new about that.  It was true in the first century as well.  Instead of any of the “Theories” about the Atonement (is the Trinity a “Theory”?)  Mr Yancy opts for the meaning of (simply) the Cross.  He proposes his own theory for that- The Cross makes possible a new intimacy with God, the Cross reveals the limits of human achievement and the Cross brings to light the humility of God- all this apart from any theory of Atonement.  The last words of the Essay are “at Calvary, God chose to be hurt”.   What does that mean? 
Certainly many Evangelicals, by their rejection of what God has revealed about so many topics, are choosing to hurt God, whether they realize it or not,
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