The doctrine of Penal Substitution, which influences many popular worship songs and evangelistic ‘packages’ risks reducing the life, ministry and teachings of Jesus to a ‘long weekend.’
According to a high profile Christian leader, the wonder of Jesus’ life, the truth of his teachings and even the liberation of his resurrection risk being dismissed as peripheral to the crucifixion.
In this week’s Chalke Talk, Rev Steve Chalke argues that hymns like ‘In Christ Alone’ – which focus the entire process of salvation on Jesus’ death on the Cross finally ‘satisfying’ God’s wrath – fail to make sense of the Bible and dilute Christianity of its deeper message.
What has your experience been? Do you struggle with the doctrine of penal substitution as well?
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