The freshly-installed Dean of Grafton Cathedral, Gregory Jenks, has published his Good Friday sermon where he teaches “[The Crucifixion of Jesus] is not about my sins or your sins.”
The full text of the sermon is available on Jenks’ website. Here is the section that particularly raised davidould.net’s interest:
The last of these really bad ideas about the Cross that I want to mention is one that is especially popular among people planning—or attending—Good Friday services.
This is the idea that my sins—or yours, or both yours and mine together—are what caused Jesus to die.
This is an idea that is especially common in Christian hymns.
It is nonsense.
We know what caused Jesus to be crucified, and it was not your sins or my sins, or the sins of anyone else we know.
All such twisted theology does is generate guilt. It makes us feel bad, and encourages us to be compliant participants in a church forgiveness racket. It is misdirected.
Readers may be confused given that Jesus and his Apostles have the following to say (just a few examples will suffice):
Matt. 26:27 Then Jesus took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Rom. 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
2Cor. 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Col. 2:13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
Heb. 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many;…
1Pet. 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1Pet. 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon the Cross
The Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone.
Ordinarily davidould.net would ask Jenks’ bishop for a comment. Unfortunately there is no current bishop in Grafton although we do note that Bishop Macneil (now retired) has previously preached along similar lines.
We previously reported on Jenk’s appointment. Don’t say you weren’t warned.