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Christ before his Cruxifiction

Darrell Griffin

Dudley Rutherford's sermon last Sunday, April 1 & 2, 2017 was entitled Torture and Humiliation. The Bible reference is Mark 15:16.  He all know he died for our sins. But before he died on the cross he was spat on, blindfolded, beat by the Roman soldiers with their fist and flogged.  The Roman guards further humiliated him bu stripping him, whipping and ripping his flesh, plucking his beard.  The Bible tells us that he abused so bad that one could not tell he was a human.  Although he could command a million angels to rescue him, he died for all of our sins.

  • Pastor Richard Sorrentino on

    As President of this Ministry, I appreciate all theosophical perspectives regarding a titular point of human history. Christ’s crucifixion undoubtedly has been a watershed of humanistic thought leading to a reappraisal of sin and grace. As a progressive theologian and a University professor with a specialization in patristics and Pseudepigraphic literature, I have seen over the past two centuries more cogent and inclusive thought bridging the gap between theology and praxis, the philosophical underpinnings between God’s Love for all of us, and how we respond to that Love! In today’s world, where barbarism has become the “new normal,” we can no longer as an interglobal community of faith hold to primitive and medieval theories of penal justification, that God only loves and accepts us as human beings only because we agree to accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Christ was put to death, not by God, but, by us; Christ was a victim of our unwillingness to love God with all our hearts, and, our neighbors as ourselves. We can no longer ascribe to an exclusionist atonement, which is based upon personal decision or assent to faith. Christ’s selfless atonement for all sins, past, present, and future, has reconciled all of us to God regardless of personal belief or ideology. What indeed is the greater gift: a God who loves and accepts people regardless of religion, or a God who has held a universal grudge throughout eternity, whose vengeance can only be satisfied by the death of his one and only Son? This is universalism in its highest apex, for it rightly positions the life of Christ In the arena of human history, rather than its former place: being an exclusionary “litmus test” to say who goes to Heaven and who doesn’t!

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