Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

Statements Like These Cost Us Dearly.

May the following statement resound in your heart the way it did in mine:

“The church’s inability to shake off the great distortion of God contained in the theory of penal substitution, with its inbuilt belief in retribution and the redemptive power of violence, has cost us dearly.” -Steve Chalke

The only efforts to which the spread of penal substitution cost dearly are the efforts of Satan and his minions.  In a world where people are really dying and really going to a real place called hell, where they will pay the price of eternity in hell for the dual evil of forsaking God, the fountain of living water, and hewing out their own broken cisters that cannot hold water.

Their cisterns go by a number of names:  Allah, Joseph Smith, the pope, their own good works, that God is good and will forgive them if they ask, atheism, agnosticism.  Whatever they want to call them, they are broken cisterns, and they cannot even hold water.  And for the supreme arrogance and wickedness of forsaking God for the sake of these cisterns, people will spend an eternity in hell.

The only salvation is the salvation made possible by the true and living God through penal substitutionary atonement.  It is penal because Christ paid your penalty.  It is substitutionary because Christ died in the place of all who would believe in Him, repent of their sins, and persevere in faith until the end.  It is atonement because it is the only way that our sins against the living God can be forgiven.

God is loving and God is forgiving, but He will not leave the guilty unpunished!  He must punish guilt.  And we are all guilty.  We all are guilty and stand condemned before the perfect law of the Lord.  But God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to be a penal substitutionary atonement, that whosoever believes in Him will have the answer to the paradox of how the forgiveness of sins and punishment of the guilty in Exodus 34:6-7 can both be true.

The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” -Exodus 34:6-7

God can forgive those who believe in Jesus and punish their guilt because all who have faith in Jesus are declared by God to be “in Christ Jesus.”  All who are “in Christ Jesus” will not be punished for their sins because Christ Jesus was already punished for their sins.  His last words from the cross, “It is Finished!,” are the last word on the sins of all who are “in Christ Jesus.”

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. -Romans 8:1

We all stand condemned before the law, but we who are “in Christ Jesus” stand free from condemnation because Christ Jesus became our penal substitutionary atonement.  May all efforts to thwart the spread of the Christian gospel, the Christian good news, which has penal substitutionary atonement at its very core, be thwarted themselves.  And may their origin be shown to be what they truly are- efforts from the very hand of Satan that he may have more souls burning with him in hell for eternity!

If you do not believe, believe right now!  You stand guilty before the perfect law of God.  People readily admit that all have sinned.  But, you will not go to hell for the sins of everybody else.  You will go to hell for your sins.  You have preferred sin to the living God and His Son Jesus Christ.  Because you have preferred sin, you have suppressed the truth.  God is not far from you, because it is by His power that you breathe, walk, eat, sleep, and live.  The heavens declare the work of His hands, but their declarations fall on deaf ears.  All other religions fail to provide atonement for sins.  Jesus Christ alone is the way to God, and no man gets to God but by Christ Jesus, because He alone was the penal substitutionary atonement for your sins and mine.

You will either pay for your sins with an eternity in hell, or you will trust that Jesus paid the penalty for your sins by being your substitute on the cross.  God promises not to leave the guilty unpunished.  We are all guilty.  Our guilt will be punished by our paying their penalty in hell, or they will be transferred to Christ and paid for in full by His death and His blood.  Repent and believe today!


September 6, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Great post Dave! I used that Chalke quote in my sermon introduction on Sunday morning…you can check it our at http://www.mercyswimming.wordpress.com.

    Thanks for this!


    Comment by Travis Cardwell | September 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. yeah, your blog is where I saw the quote. It fired me up, brother!

    Comment by bigham | September 8, 2008 | Reply

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