EXPOSING THE BAD/IMBALANCED THEOLOGY SURROUNDING THE EVENTS OF GOOD FRIDAY PROPAGATED BY HYPER-GRACE/TWISTED TRINITARIAN GOSPEL CULT PROMOTERS
Duke Jeyaraj on the PRIME REASON why Jesus died and a response to the hyper-grace/twisted trinitarian gospel cult proponents brazen attempt to divorce “sin” from the “Cross”
There is a calculated move from those in the hyper-grace/twisted trinitarian gospel camp (including a certain Chennai-based pastor) to undermine the fact that sin had anything to do with Jesus’ death on the Cross, two thousand years ago, or even in the Word becoming flesh. These folk hate any mention of “sin” and are on a clear-cut mission to delete “sin” from the vocabulary of Christian preaching/ministry, because it makes them and their hearers uncomfortable. These cultic false teachers and followers make good Apostle Paul’s prediction: “because a time will come when some will no longer tolerate sound teaching. Instead, they will live by their own desires; they’ll scratch their itching ears by surrounding themselves with teachers who approve of their lifestyles and tell them what they want to hear”(2 Tim. 4:3, The Voice, a contemporary English version from Thomas Nelson Publishers group). They effectively say, “Jesus’ death was to only affirm you as His child. Sin has nothing to do with it!” William Paul Young of The Shack movie fame (and a well-known proponent of this cultic camp’s views) alleges that if Jesus died on the Cross for our sins it would amount to “cosmic child abuse” there-by summarily dismissing the majority evangelical view of penal substitution as the prime reason for Jesus’ death on the Cross (that is Jesus died on the Cross as a substitute to save sinners). They(hyper-grace/twisted trinitarian Gospel teachers) are liars. Liars, who are on the road to hell and taking people who believe their lie with them. These sly folk are crucifying the main reason why Jesus was crucified on the Cross: to die as a substitute for our sins!
The Scriptures repeatedly link the Cross of Jesus with sin. You will have to be stone blind or be stubbornly sold to hell-taking false doctrine not to notice that!
Here are a few references, flowing from the Spirit-propelled pen of different Bible writers:
“But HE WAS PIERCED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS CRUSHED FOR OUR INIQUITIES…” (Isa. 53:5 NIV). Those are the Spirit-wrought words recorded by Prophet Isaiah. Matthew 8:17 and Acts 8:26-40 present Christ as the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, very clearly.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS in accordance with the Scriptures….” (I Cor. 15:3 ESV). Those are the Spirit-inspired words of Apostle Paul. Paul, elsewhere wrote, “He was DELIVERED OVER TO DEATH FOR OUR SINS and was raised to life for our justification” (Rom. 4:25 NIV). Here is the third time, as he writes to the church in Ephesus, Paul connects “sin” to the work of Jesus on the Cross this way: “In him we have redemption THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Eph. 1:7 NIV). The Chennai hyper-grace/twisted trinitarian Gospel preaching cult pastor I referred to at the start of this article, in a youtube video, begins his presentation of the twisted trinitarian Gospel in a message titled, “Trinue Dance” quoting from The Message version of Ephesians 1. It is unfortunate that while the “sonship” of verse 5 of this chapter captured his attention, the “sin-reason” for Jesus’ death, found just two verses below – in verse 7 – has escaped his notice. The point of Paul in his letter to Ephesus is not “sin is okay” or “sin is a minor thing” (as hyper-grace teachers often make it to be). Otherwise why would he write, “the one who steals must steal no longer…” (Eph. 4:28)? This Chennai Pastor quotes 2 Tim. 1:9 to teach that grace has nothing to do with sin – it was given “before the beginning of time” before man even sinned. True. However, this does not undermine the crystal-clear reason repeated in Scripture that Jesus died as a substitute for sinners. The same Apostle Paul while writing to Timothy earlier states in ultra-clear terms this: ‘Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,of whom I am the worst….’(I Tim. 1:15).
“HE HIMSELF BORE OUR SINS IN HIS BODY ON THE TREE, THAT WE MIGHT DIE TO sin and live to righteousness” (I Pet. 2:24 ESV). Those are the Spirit-directed words of Apostle Peter.
“He is the ATONING SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS…” (I John 2:2 NIV). Those are the Spirit-propelled words of Apostle John. In his earlier book, John also used the imagery of the Shepherd to paint the same truth. The true shepherd Jesus came to lay his life down to save the wayward (sinful) sheep (John 10:11,15). Surely, John was using a familiar Old Testament imagery that explicitly said the same thing from the writings of Prophet Isaiah: “We all, like SHEEP, HAVE GONE ASTRAY, EACH OF US HAS TURNED TO OUR OWN WAY; AND THE LORD HAS LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL” (Isa. 53:6 NIV).
“…He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins…” (Heb. 9:15 NIV). We do not know who wrote the book of Hebrews. It could have been Priscilla or Apollos or Barnabas or anyone else. But that unnamed Spirit-controlled author makes it clear: Jesus died as a substitute for sinners. He/She was using an imagery of “ransom” which Jesus already used in the Gospels (Mark 10:45) to teach this very thing that Jesus came as a sin-substitute for sinners. I would say that Jesus' words on the Cross, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34) points to the prime reason why he died: so that he would be able to offer forgiveness from sin to sinners. Am I saying that Jesus never died to makes us God's children? No. One of his statements from the Cross - "My God, My God why have you forsaken me?" (Math. 27:46) - indicated that Jesus voluntarily chose to be abandoned by His Father so that he would be able to adopt us into his family. Let us embrace both the reasons as to why Jesus died: the FORGIVEN ("Sin") reason and NOT FORSAKEN ("son") reason. Let us be balanced. Let us not emphazise one truth at the cost of the other.
So, there we have it. Every major Bible writer presents “the penal substitution” view – that Jesus died to save sinners as shown above. You have a choice now: to believe the lies of the hyper-grace/twisted trinitarian gospel proponents view of the Cross or the truth of God’s Word on the Cross.
On the eve of Good Friday, let us not forget that Christ came to die on the Cross as a substitute for us, sinners! To quote the words of Apostle Paul again: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God…” (2 Cor. 5:21). Unfortunately, a Madurai based hyper-grace pastor, quotes this very verse to teach that Jesus became a sinner on the Cross. This is not Scriptural. The Bible is very clear in presenting this fact: Jesus, never ever became a sinner or sinned (I John 3:5). The false teachings associated with the Cross are many, these last days! Let us get back to the Bible! Let us hold fast to the truth!
(This was written by Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, a Bible Teacher/Evangelist/Writer who is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader-supported Indian ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org ).