Salvation Fables which I embraced: Two very commonly embraced doctrines which are considered by many to be foundational truths of the Christian faith are actually false doctrines… In upcoming posts I will deal with each of these in detail along with the related scriptures.
-Justification by faith alone: This is one example of a true doctrine (Justification by faith, Romans 3:28; 5:1; Galatians 3:11etc ) being made into a false doctrine, by the addition of just one word “alone”, and thus made to contradict many other truths of scripture such as justification by Christ, justification by blood, justification by grace and justification by works but NOT by works of the law! In order to embrace all the scriptural truths regarding justification, I had to reject the doctrine of “justification by faith alone”!
– Substitutionary Atonement, or the teaching that the Lord Jesus became a substitute for sinners for whom He died…. This is a false assumption from such passages as Romans 5:6,8 and I Peter 3:18 which clearly teach that He died for the ungodly, for sinners and for the unjust. But neither these texts nor any others suggest that Christ was our substitute, i.e. that He came to do something for us which we could normally have done for ourselves! He came to do something for us which we could never have done! Such a work is NOT that of “substitution”! When a teacher and is sick for a day- another teacher may teach for them and thus be their substitute. But when one is seriously injured in a highway accident and needs to be flown hundreds of miles to a hospital, the man who flies a helicopter to pick them up is the pilot for them but he is NOT their substitute! He comes to do something for them which they have never done and cannot do (i.e. fly a helicopter). Just as the helicopter pilot is not a substitute for the accident victim, neither was the Lord Jesus a substitute for the sinner!