Shy About the Atonement: Don’t Preach

Early twentieth-century Scottish preacher and theologian, James Denney, boldly wrote,

…no man will so preach as to leave the impression that he has the Word of God behind him if he is inwardly at war with the idea of atonement, constantly engaged in minimizing it or maintaining an attitude of reserve, or even of self-defence, in relation to it. We may take it or leave it, but it is idle to attempt to propagate Christian religion on the basis and with the authority of the New Testament, unless we have welcomed it with our whole heart.  (The Death of Christ, 157-158)

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