In "Miracles in Mozambique" [May], you gave us a real-life exposition of Paul's understanding of the gospel coming with power and great signs (Rom. 15:19), words of knowledge, a better understanding of "true riches," laying on of hands, and so on. This is the power of the gospel. May it catch fire in my life and in the lives of everyone who reads this article. We all need to be like "Mama Heidi."
Perhaps young pastors would not be so quick to discard substitutionary atonement if scholars would not link God's wrath to the crucifixion of Christ, such as in "Why Christus Victor Is Not Enough" [May].
John stated that Jesus died to satisfy God's love (John 3:16). Paul added that Jesus died to satisfy God's righteousness (Rom. 3:25). Why? Because God wants to forgive sinners, but animal sacrifices did not conform to his righteousness. Because the sacrifice of animals could never take away sin (Heb. 10:11), Jesus gave himself up as an offering. His atoning sacrifice was a fragrant offering to God (Eph. 5:1) and satisfied his righteousness so that God would be just in forgiving sin and in justifying those who have faith in Jesus (Rom. 3:22-26, 1 John 1:9).
Remove the eisegetical theory that God poured out his wrath upon Jesus and replace it with God's abiding love for his Son, and maybe young pastors will embrace the substitutionary atonement.
Struggling to Serve
Thank you for publishing "From Powerlifter to Powerless" [May]. I've been plagued by illnesses for over 40 years. Like the author, I can provide a litany of accomplishments throughout this time. I have learned valuable lessons and drawn close to my Lord. I have even been able to minister to others because of my experiences.
Yet it is extremely frustrating ...1