A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Edition No. 32              WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN TO              April 1, 2004
  The Voice of Jesus
This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!
Christendom's False Doctrines
#3-The Doctrine of Atonement
The False Teaching

From Paul: God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood (Rom. 3:25)
From C.H. Spurgeon:  For all His people's sins Christ has made a complete atonement. Anselm's answer to the question (of atonement) is the need of satisfaction of sin. No sin, as he views the matter, can be forgiven without satisfactlon. A debt to Divine justice has been incurred; and that debt must needs be paid. But man could not make satisfaction for himself; the debt is something far greater than he can pay.... The only way in which the satisfaction could be made, and men could be set free from sin, was by the coming of a Redeemer who is both God and man. His death makes full satisfaction to the Divine Justice, for it is greater than all the sins of all rnankind. From Billy Graham: The Mosaic law required that animals be offered as sacrifices and that the priests sprinkle the blood upon the designated altar. Those sacrifices foreshadowed and symbolized the anticipated shedding of blood and sacrificial death of Jesus, the Messiah. Christ's eventual sacrifice of His own life as the "lamb without blemish" was the fulfillment of the sacrificial offerings to atone for sin.
Exposing the Error

Atonement is the unification of estranged parties, hence it is at-onement. The developed false doctrine, both Protestant and Catholic, is reconciliation by means of blood sacrifice. It also focuses on redemption, satisfaction and vicarious punishment. These are required for the atonement of man and God because of sin, and Jesus' death accomplished all of them. This is the cardinal unique doctrine of Christianity. It is also the condemnation of Christianity because it is contrary to the True Word of the Lord Jesus: If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me. (Jn.14:23,24) Is not this at-onement? This is the same prescription he gives for eternal life: Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.(Jn.5:24)  Keeping his word produces reconciliation and life! So, if the doctrine is valid, it must come from Jesus' word. Search and you will see that it is not there -- not sacrifice, not satisfaction, and not vicarious punishment. Yes, Jesus reconciles God and Man, but not by blood sacrifice.
Declaring the Truth
Jesus stated the reason for his death in the gospels but, blinded by the false doctrine of Christians, few have seen it. His Great Principle is the reason: He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life (Jn 12:25). His death demonstrated this principle -- he chose it to show his hatred of life in the world and thus he kept it for eternal life as the resurrection confirmed. As he said, For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me but I lay it down of my own accord (Jn.10:17,18). Satan ruled the world and his power was the fear of death. Jesus, a man, broke this bondage for men and broke Satan's power by his fearless death: Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out (Jn.12:31). Then he says, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me (Lk.9:23). He went to the cross ahead of us, not instead of us!  He was no substitute, no payment for (satisfaction of) a sin debt, no vicarious punishment, no sin bearer, no sacrifice. Yet He did redeem us and deliver us from sin's bonds. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed!(Jn.8:36)More

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