Posts Tagged Sin

Christ Did Not Become Sin Merely Figuratively

     Reading through the Predestinarian Network blog-site again today, I came across a most surprising accusation. The page began with a writer apparently accusing me of believing that Christ was made sin merely figuratively and not actually. This was taken to be by other contributors because I used the words ‘as if’. My surprise increased as I read Brandan Kraft’s comment to this unfounded allegation on the blog-site, ‘‘Yeah, he and Fortner were close and both actively promoted this heresy in New Focus mag. I stopped my subscription because of it.’ The name ‘Fortner is a reference to Don Fortner, a fellow contributor to the New Focus Magazine. It would have been helpful if Brandon Kraft, who has often written very… Full Article

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Man Relieved of Responsibility for His own Fall

     There are two modern movements in evangelism today which claim the backing of Reformed Christians and are even supported by many of my closest friends. I find I cannot go along with them and must make my reasons clear for thinking, believing and acting otherwise. These many brethren will remain my friends, but I want them to realize what a dangerous threat to the Gospel their views have become.      Any doctrine which relieves man of his responsibility for his own sins and declares him to be innocent of the mess he is in as a fallen sinner leaves no room for the atoning work of the Cross. If we are not responsible for our own sins, there is no reason or sense in Christ taking on Himself the responsibility of our having… Full Article

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Reply to Tony Bickley

Sir:      Tony Bickley accuses me of being controversial over a point entirely foreign to me, leaving me puzzled at his logic and reasoning. He concludes from my repeated claim that Christ in His human nature was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin, that I teach that the Sinless One was a sinner. Furthermore, he concludes from my belief that Christ became sin on our behalf that I teach that this sin was Christ’s own and not Brother Bickley’s sin and mine. Moreover, he asks me to tell him how Christ rid himself of the sin imputed to Him. This question is best answered by the NT, especially Romans 8:16, “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” I would link… Full Article

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Burrow’s on the Devil’s Banishment

Letter to New Focus regarding sin. Dear Sir,      Mr Burrows’ important and edifying thought concerning the defeat of Satan, which is an essential feature of Christ’s defeat of sin, was well-stated and I trust, well received. Though your correspondent rightly viewed one part of this dual defeat as happening in time, I placed the entire scene which impinged in time in its origin in eternity, stressing that it was in heaven that sin emerged, not on earth, and it was from heaven that Satan was banned according to God’s Providence which overrules heaven and earth. In other words, Satan’s sin was not an earthly time-event, bringing with it a heavenly judgement as human sin is. Satan’s sin was committed in heaven, the… Full Article

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Be Sure Your Sins Will Find You Out

Part One: The scriptures conclude all under sin Sin refers to God’s law alone      The word ‘sin’ is a rarity nowadays and like the gospel words ‘holiness’ and ‘righteousness’, might soon disappear from our vocabulary. The reasons is two-fold: ‘sin’ in its traditional meaning is the opposite of holiness and righteousness, theological terms which relate to the Person of God. Thus, there can be no awareness of sin where there is no awareness of our sovereign, absolute and holy God. Where there is no sense of sin, there can be no sense of righteousness. The second reason follows from the first. Our holy God has given us a clear definition of sin in His Word. God’s eternal nature is revealed to us in His… Full Article

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Phil Johnson on Christ Being Made Sin Only Figuratively

Following theological fashions      Our modern theology has apparently become a matter of fashions. In my youth, Christians kept to their theological opinions closely. Whether a Plymouth Brother, Particular Baptist, Wesleyan Methodist or an Evangelical Anglican, they remained true to their affiliations all their Christian lives. Nowadays, Christians seem to be changing their theological bent regularly. I have friends who have adopted one supposedly modern fad after another, going through Hyper-Fullerism, Hyper-Calvinism, New Covenant Theology, New Perspectives, Dispensationalism and other old warmed up errors within a few years. I have even received letters from irate brethren scolding me for not keeping up to date… Full Article

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The Manhood of Christ in Salvation

     Recently, whilst corresponding with a relatively large number of pastors in an internet chat group, I was astonished and alarmed to discover that I was the only correspondent who believed in the true manhood of Christ in His saving work. What sparked off the heated debate was the subject of Christ being tempted by the devil, (Matt. 4:1-11) and my co-correspondents were upset by my contributions to the discussion. I had based my stand on Hebrews 2:18, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” and Hebrews 4:15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” My… Full Article

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