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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:21

The Penal Substitution of Christ

Question:

You should include in your list of those who reject the penal substitution of Jesus Christ C. S. Lewis.  I think he is a far greater threat to the church than many that you mentioned because he is revered by so many, and "godly" men like John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, Dave Hunt and T. A. McMahon refuse to expose C. S. Lewis for the false teacher that he is.   They are willing to give him a pass that they won't afford to others.  I have a email exchange with Phil Johnson to clearly prove this point.  The fact that he didn't believe in the penal substitution of Christ is common knowledge and taught in his book Mere Christianity.  Your work of exposing false teachers isn't really done until you expose this heretic who has had immense evil influence within the church and is partially responsible for leading such notables as Chuck Colson and Peter Kreeft astray.

The one most people have heard is the one I mentioned before"”the one about our being let off because Christ has volunteered to bear a punishment instead of us.  Now on the face of it that is a very silly theory.  If God was prepared to let us off, why on earth did He not do so? And what possible point could there be in punishing an innocent person instead?  None at all that I can see, if you are thinking of punishment the police-court sense.  On the other hand, if you think of a debt, there is plenty of point in a person who has some assets paying it on behalf someone who has not.  Or if you take "˜paying the penalty', not in the sense of being punished, but in the more general sense of "˜standing the racket' or "˜footing the bill', then, of course, it is a matter of common experience that, when one person has got himself into a hole, the trouble of getting him out usually falls on a kind friend." (page 56, Mere Christianity)

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/december/9.28.html

Standing up for the truth in an age of error for Christ's sake, His church and His glory,

Lauren

Jacob's Answer:

Dear Laura,

I have obviously publicly detested the horrible deceptions perpetrated against The Body of Christ by Peter Kreeft and Chuck Colson who selectively cited the aspects of CS Lewis that suited them, but ignored other aspects of what he published.

With respect, it appears you do the same. In "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" CS Lewis affirms substitutionary penal atonement with the death of Aslan The Lion. While I too certainly would disagree with aspects of his writings, a comprehensive overview of his work must be evaluated, not only one work in isolation from the whole. He was not a doctrinal theologian and should not be read as one.

As a Christian apologist, CS Lewis was a "credal apologist" only . He defended the broad historicity of the Gospel narratives based on his background as a Professor of Comparative Literature against theologically liberal higher critics (eg. his brilliant and sardonic essay "Fern Seed and Elephants" being a classic case in point). The Screwtape Letters moreover is a true Christian classic that I consider essential reading for young believers and his "Abolition of Man' was a spiritual insight into the long term sociological implications of an increasingly godless education system ; his thesis in this book  was in a sense socially prophetic and is vindicated by history.

None of the conservative Evangelical contemporaries who knew him  (and he met many) doubted his personal faith and again he was an author and an Oxbridge literature expert, not an academic theologian or doctrinal scholar.

While I also have certain areas of disagreement with CS Lewis, I have little  doubt he was a regenerate believer in Jesus whom God used. I think you are not comprehensively understanding CS Lewis. Yes, he had his defects . But he certainly had his virtues. I would not want to highlight his errors without noting his attributes and the blessings God gave the church through him despite his blindness to certain issues.

Respectfully In Jesus,
Jacob Prasch
(Moriel)

Philippians 1:6

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In the light of the internet video clip of TEAR FUND NZ director Stephen Tellestrup, speaking on behalf of TEAR FUND and of Laidlaw College, being interviewed by anti Israel activist Stephen Sizer of the UK following the promotion of Mr. Sizer in NZ, JJ Prasch of Moriel Ministries extends a public challenge to Tellestrup to a public debate before the NZ Evangelical community. JJ Prasch will be in NZ in late July/early August and a suitable location would be in Christchurch, Auckland, or Wellington to be filmed for DVD and internet webcast. In the UK Stephen Sizer agreed to such a debate on TV but backed down.

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Thursday, 17 May 2012 11:23

Aramaic English NT

Question:

The Aramaic English NT by AG Roth is the new craze amongst Messianic believers. The translation looks spurious. I read a portion of 1 Peter from it - a bit dicey. As far as I know, no Aramaic copies of the NT have been authenticated. Please advise.

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Question:

Do Jews Really Believe That Lileth Is A Notorious Demon ?

Jacob's Answer:

Thank you for your question.

Lilith is listed as an animal Isaiah 34 and as a female monster in the Dead Sea scrolls "Songs of the Sage".

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Monday, 23 April 2012 01:31

Chuck Colson

In John's Gospel Jesus spoke of those who persecuted Jewish believers but who thought they were serving God while doing evil (John 16:2 -3). These however were those who so acted because they did not know Jesus or His Father; Chuck Colson however was a man who did evil and claimed to know Jesus and to be "Born Again," the title of his book detailing his testimony of claimed regeneration.

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Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:56

Tribute to Dr R T France

I always liked R.T. France both personally and academically. Although we disagreed on a few points like female ordination and Anglicanism, he was a solid believer and a solid academic.

I shall always recall how he commenced to lecture on form criticism by reading CS Lewis' essay "Fernseed and Elephants," ridiculing the liberal higher critics whom he refuted with such skill.

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Jacob will be speaking on The Boiling Pot Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Rapture Ready Radio with a live feed to chat here. Scripture reference Ezekiel 24. 

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 08:23

New Teaching Added

A Spanish translation of "What is This Good News?"  is now available from the Online Sermons page.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:06

Questions for Jacob Prasch

Mark Metternich Writes:

I am a Christian apologist deeply involved in studying the Yoma 39 passage and such. I have an important question to ask Jacob Prasch.  It is a question I cannot seem to get clear answers about.

What are the detailed meanings of not just the scarlet cord not turning white any more (we know what that means) but also details and significance of the references to the lot not coming up in the right hand, the bread being cursed and the fire having to be continuously stoked?

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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 08:27

New Japanese Sermon Added

A Japanese translation of "Seven Churches of Revelation Introduction and Ephesus" is now available from the Online Sermons page.

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