All Tolerant Calvinists are Practical Liberals
if nothing gets done?
what got done at the cross?
if what happens with it
depends on our execution?
if we are the ones who make the exchange
and put our sins on him
and execute him?
Girardian (death not needed, sacrifice not needed by God) liberals say the cross only happened because we needed victims . I of course do not deny that we like to scapegoat people.
But even the liberal Girardian is saying that something good and necessary happened by us killing a victim
I say this instead— if we did it, then we did nothing. It was not decisive for anything, certainly not for the redemption of any sinner.
And before we get too high and mighty about liberals saying that, so that we forget the gospel and simply take sides with all the “conservatives” who oppose abortion of unborn victims, let us look at Arminian and Romanist conservatives who do still talk about “sacrifice”
The Arminians who sing “nothing but the blood” and “Jesus paid it all” oh so loudly, then tell us it depends on us to accept it.
Arminians don’t think anything happened either.
So why do we think possibly favorably about the “calvinists” who have definite atonement as their “shelf doctrine”? For the glory of Christ, we need to get real about this evil called Arminianism (yes, it’s ordained by God, and it’s evil)
All liberals deny that “mercy-seat” means propitiation (taking away God’s wrath)
They say this is like the Aztecs, paganism, trying to appease God by throwing virgins down into a fire hole (like one of the Raiders of the Lost Ark movies)
They say: God does not change in time from wrath to peace
They say: God does not need to be reconciled, sinners need to be reconciled so the cross is God’s apology to man, or at least “God letting us do it” God being a pacifist, taking it, not as in taking revenge but letting us take revenge on an innocent victim, ie, God Himself
But you don’t have to be a pacifist to be liberal
All liberals deny that God now has wrath on anybody.
Practical liberals downplay the significance of God’s wrath
All Arminians and tolerant Calvinists, no matter how much they talk about “hell”, are practical liberals, because they eliminate the significance of the imputation of sins to Christ and Christ’s death as God appeasing God for those sins.