Regular readers will have spotted that I’ve taken a little time recently to respond to Steve Chalke’s 95 talks and particularly his attacks on two things:
- The infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture -that the Bible is God’s Word and without error
- The doctrine of penal substitution – that Jesus won the victory by taking our place and bearing the penalty/curse for our sin.
The second point is a return to the theme that first made Steve Chalke controversial in his book, The Lost Message of Jesus. As Chalke and others have sought to question this teaching, a number of rumours about the doctrine have circulated. One is that it is a new doctrine, that the idea was unknown to the early church and only started to emerge in the middle ages before being properly formulated by John Calvin. In fact, some people have gone so far as to say that this is a Western Church aberration and considered heresy by the Eastern Orthodox. Continue reading