Following up on my last post on the emerging church and some of its leadership not embracing penal substitutionary atonement, I wanted to share the following quote by former Catholic priest Brennan Manning, who has had a major influence on emerging spirituality, from his 2003 book, Above All.

The god whose moods alternate between graciousness and fierce anger… the god who exacts the last drop of blood from His Son so that his just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased, is not the God revealed by and in Jesus Christ.  And if he is not the God of Jesus, he does not exist.

Really?  Some even liken it to divine child abuse.  Manning’s statement is pretty bold.  Here’s my bold response, and it is something I don’t throw around willy nilly – that is heresy.

What do you think?

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