Is the Apostolic Preaching of the Cross “Insane?”

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written an article concerning some recent statements made by the Reverend Dr. Jeffery Philip Hywel John concerning the cross of Jesus Christ. The Anglican leader rejects any idea of a penal substitution of the atonement. It would be well worth your time to read Dr. Mohler’s article in light of what we celebrate today (Good Friday) in the cross, and what victory we celebrate this Sunday in the resurrection.

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!” (Galatians 1:8-9).

In the same letter, Paul explains this gospel as follows: “For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by everything that is written in the book of the Law to perform them.“ That by the Law no one is justified before God is clear, because “The righteous man will live by faith;“ however, the Law is not from faith, but “The one who performs these things shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse in our place–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”–in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

O Lord, awaken your church to the importance of the atoning work of Christ. Thank you, Lord, for Jesus’ penal substitutionary work at Calvary. Once we had nothing but omnipotent wrath working against us. Now, in Christ, we have nothing but omnipotent grace working for us. Let us rejoice this Resurrection Day.

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One Response to “Is the Apostolic Preaching of the Cross “Insane?””

  1. brsquared Says:

    looks like you and I are reading the same things…

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