Tony Jones: “I Think Your Atonement Might Be Wrong”

41rEC19vjhL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Did you know that before the year 1,000 A.D. there was no propitiation, and that what Jesus did on the cross had nothing to do with atoning for our sins? Well neither did we. But as emergent leader Tony Jones explains on his “I Think Your Atonement Might Be Wrong” video shared on his blog today, we’ve had it all wrong for the past thousand years.

Jones is the author of the book, A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin. In an interview with Drew Sumrall of The Harvest Show, Jones confidently asserts that the penal substitution Paul writes about is really a modern idea:

Chris Rosebrough over at Pirate Christian Radio does an excellent job of deconstructing what Tony Jones is saying here. Check out this response over at Christian Research Network.

Jones isn’t the only emergent game changer to deny Christ’s atonement. Others like Brian McLaren and more recently Jay Bakker have done the same.

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6 Responses to Tony Jones: “I Think Your Atonement Might Be Wrong”

  1. Bobby Alford says:

    Satan's attacks on the gospel haven't really changed all that much, just been polished, somewhat. Saw this while preparing to teach on the Spiritual Warfare of the church. Providence!


  2. Antichus "Tony& says:

    it IS a modern idea invented in the mid 1500s … by jean calvin


    • Stephen A. says:

      Tony, you are absolutely correct. And further, the "reformers" (so-called) did NOT reform back far enough, accepting many Catholic doctrines and councils as 'truth' when in fact, only Jesus' words are Truth, and he is the only one on earth we need to be listening to, not men in Latin Robes spouting Greek philosophy and calling it "the gospel," and certainly not modern televangeliars who preach salvation can be stolen from God with a simple "jesus prayer."


  3. Mr Davis says:

    To think the Gospel wasn't attacked even while there were apostles walking amongst us haven't read any of the epistles. All work to counter or dispell some sort of heresy that has crept into the Church. The Gospel isn't just Salvation through Christ alone but also the way of living He has called us into in every aspect of our lives. To deny the first is to deny the righteousness of God revealed from Heaven. To deny the second is to continue in rebellion against God.

    If we truly are His our desire should be not to continue in rebellion any longer but rather that our desire would be to bring our lives into subjection to His word.

    For instance Tony, you may not appreciate how impossible it is for us to overcome the seperation that exists between us and God. You may not like that there is nothing about us that God should desire to redeem us. You may not like that it takes God to intervien supernaturally in a person before they would ever come to Him.

    The question is not whether I agree or disagree with these statements, rather are they true? If they are true what do I do about it? Do I ignor it? Or Do I call on the Lord God Almighty maker of Heaven and Earth and all that is in them to save me from myself and my sins, and until I get an answer to my plea strive to live according to His word anyways. If His word is true, I will find it impossible to obey what He says I should do and to stop doing what He says I should not do. Keep pleading with God, don't give up, and don't believe for a moment that His arm is to short that it cannot save and He alone is the One who must save us, for He is the one we have offended and sinned against. He alone can aquit us from the due punishment for our sins. And this is only possible because of the sacrifice Christ Jesus made on the cross, pouring out His blood on our behalf, attoning for our sins, making His own soul an offering for all our sins.

    Who could do this if He were not God? God who alone is eternal and infinite and therefore able. Who could do this if the One doing the work were not the same kind as the offended party, so Christ Jesus who Is God in the Flesh, the Flesh of man, being found in everyway a man yet without sin and so He was able to stand under the judgement of God in our place and suffer and die for our sins which He freely took upon Himself. No one made Him do it. He it is who laid aside His own will and did the Father's will which was to take our sins to the cross and put an end to them there and this Christ Jesus did. And so Christ perfected Himself in purging Himself of our sins in His death and is risen from trhe dead and is seated at the right Hand of the Father in the Heavenlies.

    Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation , and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow , of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. and also Hebrews 1:1-12.

    Praise Christ Jesus, what a Savior, truly Salvation is purchased only by the Hand of God.


  4. Jim says:

    I can't believe I just heard that.
    So, he's never read where the wages of sin are death?
    This is truly appalling.

    PS I notice he used the word "Cosmos" several times…is that the emerging church key word? Please explain…


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