Why the Substitutionary Atonement Doctrine is WRONG!

I spent a number of grueling years hooked on a certain sin. I tried everything. I justified it… only later to admit it was a sin… then I prayed… and prayed… and prayed… and fasted… and fasted… I’m not talking about a little bit. I’m talking about grueling and prolonged resistance… I mean, when I fasted, I fasted both water and food for DAYS… until I started suffering physical pain… not just once… many times… only to fall back into the same sin….
Then, at last after a couple of years, my prayer was answered. I heard a sermon – one of the most powerful sermons I have ever heard, about freedom in Christ… freedom from sin.
Basically, this was the message: You were crucified WITH Christ (Gal 2:20). If you truly belong to Christ, you HAVE put to death all your sinful passions and desires (Gal 5:24, Colossians 2:12-13, Romans 6:1-2)
Once I realize that Jesus was NOT a substitution, but rather a catalyst for repentance, then I was FREE… the chains of sin fell off! Hallelujah!
In other words, what held me in bondage was the idea that Jesus died in my place (substitution). What I should have been taught is that Jesus died so that I could IDENTIFY with His death… i.e. look upon the cross and say, “I am crucified WITH Him”, and subsequently risen with Him in newness of life.
So many people believe that Jesus was their substitute, which IS against Torah. I’m sure if anyone could actually take the sins of their sons, and die in their place, they would! I’m sure there were people back in Biblical times that loved others so much that they would die for them if they could. But that is not how it works. And the teaching that Jesus was your substitute is just holding people in bondage because it’s not true. If you know the truth, the truth will set you free.
You see, this is how it works: There are MANY reasons why we should never believe Jesus’ death was substitutionary. 1. Jesus never took the FULL payment of our sin. After all, what is the FULL wrath of God on sin? dying on a cross, spending 3 days in a tomb, and rising three days later better than ever? Of course not! The FULL payment of sin is eternity in hell. Jesus never paid that. He did NOT take the FULL penalty of sin. and 2, if someone already paid the penalty for your sin, then you are free to sin all the more! You have little to no incentive to repent.
Bottom line, Jesus did not die as a penalty for your sins, except in a very abstract way of thinking. He died to be a catalyst of repentance – so that you could look on Him, and say just as I did, “I am crucified WITH Christ. (My sinful self DIED).” Then, and only then you will walk free from the chains that once bound you- just like I did, empowered by faith to walk in newness of life.

About Christopher Enoch

Born in 1974. Born again in 1992. Since then it has been a wonderful, glorious, and exciting journey with the LORD! Since I got to know Jesus through the person of Holy Spirit, I have never been happier in my life!
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