Musings on Steve Chalke’s statement that the Atonement of Christ was “cosmic child abuse”

From comments at a Muslim blog:

It was always unjust for the heretic Steve Chalke to describe the atonement as “cosmic child abuse” and saying that is contradicts “God is love”, and that it makes a mockery of the command to love others, even one’s enemies”, etc.

It was unjust to leave out other points of the doctrine. And seeing the quote above, Chalke fails to mention that the Son willingly and voluntarily came to take the punishment for sin for sinful humanity; and the Son did this out of love for the Father and love for human sinners from all the nations. (Revelation 5:9; 7:9; Romans 5:6-11)

Chalke also thinks homosexuality is not sin and that so called “same sex marriage” is ok; so this guy is a complete heretic and not credible, no matter what other good he may do.

Why did God set up the sacrificial system in Leviticus chapters 1-7 and 16 and 17?
It is not only unintentional sins that needed sacrifice, but intentional sins also – Leviticus 6:1-7 and chapter 16 and 17:11, and Hebrews 9:22 shows that it included intentional sins also, but they are only effective if there is genuine repentance and faith. Someone who just goes through the ritual without heart repentance and faith in God/Christ’s atonement, is also not effective, and hypocrisy. Psalm 66:18 – “If I regard sin in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”

Isaiah 53 clearly shows that the Suffering Servant ( Messiah) would be an individual who would come and be a substitutionary sacrifice and atonement for sins; someone who voluntarily rendered Himself as a guilt offering; thus satisfying the justice of God against sin.

” . . . the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon Him” Isaiah 53:6

“The Lord was pleased to crush Him, if He would voluntarily render Himself a guilt offering . . . ” Isaiah 53:10

“As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied . . . the righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, He will bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:11

“He poured Himself out to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12

“for the Son of Man . . . came to serve [be the suffering servant of Isaiah 53] and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Maybe that is why the cry for justice is so great in the Muslim world and there are SOME who take the law into their own hands and do honor killings – because Islam as a whole have denied the love of God in the atonement of Christ [as in Surah 4:157], and therefore, don’t have the power to forgive enemies or injustice or wrong.

Why did God create hell?

In Christian theology, hell is God’s justice against Satan and his demons (Matthew 25:41), and unrepentant sinners. (Revelation 14:10; Revelation 20:10-15, Mark 9:47-48; Matthew 5:21-30)

Those that repent and trust in Christ’s atonement, are saved from sin, and the penalty of sin, which is hell; but that does not mean they have “fire insurance” and live like however they want, no; rather, they are changed to be “new creations” (2 Cor. 5:17) with hearts and character of love and purity. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Christ the eternal Son came to willingly and lovingly take the penalty for sin in our place. (John 10:18)

Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse (wrath, justice, punishment, judgment) of the law, having become a curse for us – for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” . . .

The curse / judgement / wrath of God / justice of God points back to the punishment for sin that God mentioned in Genesis 3:14-24 and Genesis 12:3.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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