(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and twitter - here.)
The Bible teaches, and the Church has always believed, that Jesus died in our place for our sins. But some liberals in the Church today are saying "No, that would be divine child abuse." They teach that God is love and God doesn't need to punish sin, and God did not punish Jesus for our sins. However, Jesus Himself said "The Son of Man came to give His life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45) and other verses in the Old Testament (Isaiah 53:5) and New Testament agree (Romans 5:8-10, 2 Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 2:24, 3:18).
In the tragic article below, a president of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seminary denies Christ died in our place to pay for our sins. Because the ELCA is shrinking, his seminary is now merging with another ELCA seminary and Dr. Lose is no longer president of the newly formed seminary. But, sadly, his new position will be the senior pastor of one of the largest ELCA churches in the country, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
It is tragic enough that the ELCA allows this kind of false teaching, but to put it at the forefront of a seminary and now one of its largest churches, is incredibly sad. The Bible--and Martin Luther's writings--have no trouble proclaiming the basic truth that Jesus died in our place for our sins. In fact, the Apostle Paul goes so far as to say "Christ died for our sins" is the most important teaching of the Christian Church (I Corinthians 15: 3).
It is this attack on basic Christian doctrine that is causing the ELCA and other liberal mainline denominations to shrink in numbers and financial giving, as true believers take their membership and money to more evangelical churches which joyfully proclaim the Gospel message: Jesus died for our sins.
In Jesus our Savior,
Pastor Tom Brock
(Here is the article)
5/19/2017 01:44:18 pm
Dan and Pastor Tom,
5/20/2017 05:51:30 pm
David Lose: "I suggest that Jesus didn’t come to make God loving but because God is loving. Jesus didn’t die, that is, to appease a pissed-off deity."
Dave from Minnesota
5/23/2017 05:24:36 pm
I occasionally attend services at Mt Olivet. It's an usual church as it's an ELCA facility in very liberal South Minneapolis, yet it comes across as rather non-political and more of a traditional Christian church. Its the only ELCA church in the Twin Cities that I will ever show up at. They rarely if ever mention that they are part of the ELCA, and unlike almost every other ELCA congregations in the area, they have no homosexual rainbow flags or banners, no calls for open borders, no political messages on their outdoor signage.
5/25/2017 06:29:34 am
I read the David Lose article. This is the ultimate in cherry-picking to make his own point. Further, he extrapolates that Jesus' death was human orchestrated and accomplished. But this same Jesus said that no one takes his life from him; instead, he lays it down willingly. Ultimately Lose will lose.
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