How to tell if you are an Evangelical or a Progressive Christian

Steve-Chalke

As you probably know by now, Steve Chalk's Oasis Trust has been expelled from the Evangelical Alliance. Despite this, Chalke has been insisting that he is still an evangelical.  There are two indisputable facts, as we look at the aftermath of this decision however:Firstly, one of only two umbrella organisations representing Evangelicals in the UK has decided that they feel Chalke is out of step with the majority of Evangelical leaders in the UK.  I don't believe for a moment, that the s … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke’s Oasis Trust removed from Evangelical Alliance over the Bible and Homosexuality

Steve-Chalke

In a statement reproduced in full below along with Oasis' response, the Evangelical Alliance have today discontinued the membership of Oasis Trust, the organisation which Steve Chalke leads.For a number of years now,  Steve Chalke, who was once the UK's leading Evangelical figure has been drifting away from a typically Evangelical approach to the Bible. This began ten years ago when Steve Chalke rejected the traditional Evangelical view of what the cross accomplised as "cosmic child … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke and Andrew Wilson discuss Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Steve Chalke's rejection of Penal Substitution around 10 years ago was the first major controversy I got involved with on this blog. In the next of a series of video discussions between him and Andrew Wilson that were moderated by Justin Brierley they revisited this.Chalke continued to support his viewpoint, but still seemed surprised at the strength of the reaction to him calling Penal Substution "Cosmic Child Abuse" He was clearly scornful of the idea that the wrath of God needs to be … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke says the Bible got it wrong in lots of places

In the second of the Steve Chalke vs Andrew Wilson debates, evangelicals are going to be shocked. Perhaps not surprised, but shocked nonethelessChalke clearly states that he believes that God does not strike people down for sin. He claims that whenever this is reported by The Bible it either means that someone was mistaken about what they thought God was saying, or that the interpretation of the Bible writers of the event was just plain wrong. His logic for this was that if something else in … [Read more...]

Why silence about controversies should not be read as agreement

Just in the past few days both my emails and Twitter stream have contained a few direct questions and challenges. I have had people gloatingly point out to me the story of the death of the latest snake handler to meet his inevitable death, demand my response to the Pope sending Kenneth Copeland a message promoting unity, and ask what I think of Steve Chalke's article about how he now approaches the Bible. In addition, I have also noticed that David Yonggi Cho has been found guilty of e … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke and others on Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

UPDATE: My recent interview with Sam Allberry, a conservative minister who also experiences same-sex attraction is worth a watch on this subject. I am increasingly convinced that how we choose to respond to this issue is the biggest challenge we will face in the next few years as churches in the West.I thought I would simply today catalogue some recent statements from various Christians about homosexuality. You will see that there is quite a spectrum of opinion represented here, as I have … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Has Rob Bell demonstrated clearly that he is not an Evangelical any more?

In this clip I tell Rob Bell that because he has a very different approach to the Bible, it is hard to accept him as an Evangelical.  I also explain that the main reason for the anger of many evangelicals is that we have learned to expect and to a certain extent accept this kind of teaching from others outside the evangelical movement but within the broader Christian movement.  Surely Bell is just another neo-liberal just like Steve Chalke. What is hard to accept is someone who we thought of as " … [Read more...]

Easter Wouldn't Be Easter Without A Row About The Atonement

The battle lines continue to be clearly drawn despite the best efforts to be "charitable" to both sides by those who try to occupy the middle ground. In an outrageous newspaper article which only cites one Bible verse and even that out of context, Giles Fraser declares "What vicious God would demand Jesus sacrificed for our sins? We should ditch this view of Easter"I am not surprised by the strong language used by the opponents of the view of the cross generally called "penal substitutionary … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke's Further Arguments Against Penal Substitution

This is the last in my short series on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate. The previous posts in this series can be found by clicking on the links below:Update on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate Steve Chalke Confirms He Does Not Believe in Penal Substitution Steve Chalke Argues Against Penal Substitutionary Atonement Steve Chalke and Neglect of the ResurrectionIn his chapter of the book, The Atonement Debate, Steve Chalke continues with a classic argument from silence. He claims … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke and Neglect of the Resurrection

In his arguments against penal substitutionary atonement (PSA), Chalke parodies what its advocates believe, claiming that, according to those who hold to PSA, . . .it is Jesus’ death alone that becomes our “good news.” This approach reduces the whole gospel to a single sentence: "God is no longer angry with us because Jesus died in our place.” Indeed, that is exactly why evangelistic presentations based on penal substitution often do not even bother to mention the resurrection; for them it serves … [Read more...]


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