'Wrath of God' Keeps Popular Worship Song Out of 10,000-Plus Churches

(UPDATED) The hymn's controversial lyrics are now making waves among Southern Baptists.

UPDATE (Aug. 14): Presbyterians aren't the only ones experiencing tension over the lyrics of "In Christ Alone," which contains the phrase "the wrath of God was satisfied."

Southern Baptist leaders are defending the "centrality" of substiutionary atonement after a state newspaper editor wrote an editorial explaining why "he does not sing certain words ... of a popular hymn due to its mention of God's wrath." Baptist Press reports that SBC leaders were "embarrassed" and "stunned" by the editorial.

Meanwhile, Associated Baptist Press offers more details on the history of how Baptists have viewed atonement theology.

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UPDATE (Aug. 5): The word that got "In Christ Alone" booted from a Presbyterian hymnal was not wrath (which is "all over the hymnal"), but satisfied, according to a thorough update reported by The Tennessean. (The hymnal committee offers its own clarification.)

The satisfied language ...

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