|UK priest: Christ's atoning death 'repulsive'|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Sunday, 01 April 2007 17:00|
|As millions of Christians across earth commemorate Passover this week, remembering the day on which the Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice for sins for the world, it seems not all religious leaders in Christendom will be celebrating. Bishop Jeffrey John, an openly homosexual priest that was ordained by the Church of England several years ago, has said during an interview with the BBC that he believes the idea that God could punish Jesus Christ for the sins of the world is "repulsive". The interview is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4, in which Jeffrey John is expected to criticize ministers who use the holiday to preach the Gospel... |
Quote: "Christian theology has taught the doctrine of "penal substitution" - that humans, alienated from God by their sins and unable to save themselves, could only be forgiven by God sending Christ as a substitute to suffer and die in their place. "In other words, Jesus took the rap and we got forgiven as long as we said we believed in him," said John. "This is repulsive as well as nonsensical. It makes God sound like a psychopath. If a human behaved like this we'd say that they [sic] were a monster."
Unbelievable. Bishop Jeffrey John essentially denies the basic tenet of the Gospel and the whole teaching of Pesach (Passover), that when God looks upon the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, His judgement passes over us. And to think that the BBC has the gall to broadcast such an interview on Easter Sunday of all days. Once again the Corporation has demonstrated flagrant disregard for its own guidelines, which state that it should not broadcast anything that offends the views and beliefs of those belonging to a particular religion or denomination.
Quote: "5.1 The Corporation shall do all it can to secure that all programmes broadcast or transmitted by or on behalf of or under licence from the Corporation as part of the Home Services:- do not involve improper exploitation of any susceptibilities of those watching or listening to its religious programmes or any abusive treatment of the religious views and beliefs of those belonging to a particular religion or religious denomination;
The programme is called Lent Talks, and will be aired Wednesday (4th of April, 8:45pm), and repeated again on Saturday (7th, 5:45am) and Easter Sunday (8th, 7:45pm). Submit your feedback to the BBC here. For those who trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, there is forgiveness. But for men like Jeffrey John, all that awaits him is God's fiery indignation which shall devour him as an adversary, because he has trampled underfoot the Son of God (Hebrews 10:26-29).