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March 28, 2015


I'm against the preaching of "Sin Management Jesus". This is the idea that Jesus was about an arrangement to to get you out of experiencing the wrath of a very angry God.

Instead, how about a God's Kingdom Jesus, who came to proclaim the availibility of God's Kingdom now, regardless of who you are or who you aren't. A Jesus who invites everyone to become His apprentice in the Kingdom of God, with salvation being something that necessarily follows.

"...with salvation being something that necessarily follows."

Salvation from what?

Sin and death. Bondage to same. Eventual time in Hell and/or destruction.

Sounds like we're on the same page there, I just don't fully understand your complaint and counterproposal. Can we not have it both ways?

I agree with you the importance of the open invitation Jesus makes to come in to the kingdom, but how is that incompatible with preaching atonement? It seems to me you've just undermined preaching atonement with a sort of rhetorical flourish, suggesting we replace such preaching with what I would argue is an equally important theology that isn't even in competition with atonement.

Seriously, it just seems you are being unnecessarily contentious. We could just as easily flip-flop the two theologies in the style of your post to look something like this:

I'm against the preaching of "Kingdom Club Jesus". This is the idea that Jesus was about inviting anyone and everyone to be a part of this new thing he was setting up, all the while staying mum about the up-front membership payment of this club, i.e., his death, which made the necessary atonement for man to be acceptable in the eyes of God.

Instead, how about a Loving Savior Jesus, who willingly gave his life as a ransom for many so that we wouldn't have to face the due penalty of turning our backs on a holy and perfect God, with life lived in the kingdom being something that necessarily follows.

Doesn't accomplish much, does it?

"Sin Management" Jesus preaching has created whole generations of American people who think it doesn't matter how they live if they have prayed the magic Billy Graham prayer.

But I think "going to heaven" emphasis before Kingdom emphasis is putting the cart before the horse.

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