There are within evangelicalism today, Tim Chester claims, two apparently competing gospels offering alternative views on not only the nature of the gospel (for individuals or for society?) and the meaning of Jesus death of cross (soteriological or political?) but also the mission and the role of the church today (proclamation or social action). These two gospels, are in fact one gospel. What is required for us though is to better understand how these two emphases are integrally related to one another in forming one gospel.
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In the quest to create more just churches and interrogate the historical failings of the church, in areas of social justice, it has been popular to re-evaluate, and sometimes discard some of the traditional doctrines associated with orthodox Christianity. One such doctrine is the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. Do we discard it as an archaic and barbaric conception of God’s saving work? Or do we embrace and apply it as a truth that not only ensures our forgiveness, but legitimately provides us with deep resources by which to pursue justice?
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