Monday, November 24, 2008

Atonement Debate: Again

Last year, June or July 07, when Adrian Warnock's blog had comments, it was a centre for debate on the Atonement, which had begun in reaction to Steve Chalke's Lost Message of Jesus.

Then things went quiet and the blog debates moved onto other things. Now Adrian has again started posting on the atonement and attacking Steve Chalke's views as expressed in this book. Although this time, his blog can't be a centre for debate as there's no opportunity for comments but it is as you would expect gaining a response elsewhere.

At the time I posted more comments on Adrian's blog than I did on my own, but I did manage a couple of posts.
And that was about it until I was called out by Dave Warnock although, this was about the outworkings of our theology, can we disagree on the aspects of the atonement and still work together? I think we can. For others not holding to PSA is not the Gospel and if its not the Gospel its heresy, dangerous and should be avoided. Beware false teachers.

I've been meaning to post on some of my discussions about the atonement for some time, so as I do some more reading I'll probably put some posts up. If you'd be interested in some of that debate happening here on this blog, let me know.


Tim Simmonds on 24 November 2008 at 09:46 said...

A couple of questions for you:

1) Is atonement a fundamental part of the gospel?
2) So, if you remove atonement from the gospel you are left with a completely different Gospel?
2) Therefore, is there any point working with people who have a completely different gospel?

Phil on 24 November 2008 at 12:55 said...

Hey Time, in short - yes, yes and no. The thing everyone is arguing is not whether atonement is essential - every evangelical, Chalke included says it is. It's how we understand atonement, how we talk about atonement and how we preach atonement.

Blue, with a hint of amber on 24 November 2008 at 15:03 said...

Good to open the discussion Phil.

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