About Us

We are Greg and Kari Cheney and we live in Alaska with our 12 children.  Greg's passion is learning and teaching the Word of God.  He works in the field of corrections and he enjoys many outdoor activities including farming and fishing.  Kari is a keeper at home. She homeschools the children and enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and crocheting.  She also likes to watch the videos and read the blogs of Godly Christian women.   

Our mission through this website is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, whose Law is Love, by exploring and teaching God's Word, by encouraging the saints to continue in the faith, by calling on sinners to submit to the rule of Christ, and by engaging in spiritual warfare for the sake of the burdened and broken-hearted, and thus fulfill the law of Christ through prayer, biblical counsel, and practical advice for navigating through the battlefield of life.  

 

Doctrinal Statement

 

I have been around people that believe you are blaspheming God if you question their traditions or beliefs. Why? Because they equate

truth with familiarity. They do not necessarily mean harm, they just “don’t know what they don’t know.” Much harm has been caused

in this world by people who lack the love, mercy, and the holiness of Christ, yet claim to be his “truth protectors.” The Bible says:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness,

but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”  These are people who claim to know God, and have an outward “form” of

godliness, they are “orthodox”, or they “hold to the fundamentals of the faith”, but they do not “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly

with God.” Perhaps it is because they are being told that it does not matter how they live or what they do because one day they had a “moment” with God.  With others it could be because some of the “truths” they have been taught are confusing and contradictory and

they offer no practical help in life which leads people to throw up their hands and say: “What’s the use?!” When you follow some of the mainstream teachings to their logical conclusions, unreasonable doctrines are conveyed to people, some of which malign the character

of God, then when intelligent people question the logic of these doctrines they are told: “You just need to trust God because his ways

are above your ways.  It may not make sense, but you just have to accept it.” As H. Roy Elseth said: “Few professions throughout history

have trampled basic principles of logic and reason as consistently as ministers, evangelists, and theologians of the Christian faith. In their well-motivated efforts to declare the greatness of God, they have made him abstract and above reasonable thinking, instead of the tangible, concrete and real God that He is.” (Did God Know? Pg.35) I thank God for the theological journey I have been on over the years. My doctrinal positions on some matters have changed as I have studied the Word of God and allowed the Word to interpret itself.  I have

studied the scriptures with the intention of knowing God and his truths, and I will continue to do so, knowing that we should all seek to

learn from one another in the Body of Christ. My allegiance lies with the Lord Jesus Christ, not a specific denomination or system of theology. When allegiance to a system of theology, denomination, church, or pastor becomes more important than allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ and the “whole counsel of God”, darkness will surely follow. The following is my doctrinal statement, though it is not exhaustive.  Some Christians will agree with my positions and some will disagree.  I am open to discussion with anyone about doctrinal matters.  None of us are intellectually infallible, but these are some of the positions I take, based on my understanding of scripture. 

Above all, I want to follow Jesus and I want my wife and children to do the same.   

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The Triune God

​God is a Trinity, revealed to us as God the Father, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit – The members of the Godhead are three distinct Persons, yet one God; Co-eternal, Co-existent, and Co-creative.

The Father

​God is the Righteous Ruler of the universe who is unchangeable in his nature and character, and is perfectly holy, just, loving, and good.

He has revealed himself in nature, as well as in the Scriptures so that we may know him.

The Lord Jesus Christ

​He is the Son of God and God the Son. He was born to the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He is truly God and truly man and is the Savior of mankind. He died for our sins, was buried, rose again the third day, personally appeared to his disciples, and ascended to heaven. He will return to the earth to rule and reign. Jesus is Lord of all.

Holy Spirit

​The Bible ascribes all of the attributes of personality and deity to the Holy Spirit. It is he who illuminates the minds of people with the

truth about Christ, and it is he that influences people to walk in obedience to Christ. In all that he does, he glorifies Christ. 

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The Bible

​I believe in the inspiration of the Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures as originally given by God. I believe that they are

flawless and authoritative and free from error scientifically, historically, morally, and theologically. The scriptures correct us and instruct

us in right living. The Bible is God’s revelation to us, and it is my supreme authority for belief and practice. I use the King James

Version for personal and public reading.

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Mankind

​Mankind’s Creation and Destiny (Eternal Life or Eternal Death)

​God created mankind in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner

and incurring God’s judgment. By means of Adam’s disobedience, sin and death entered the world. The Bible teaches us that Adam’s actions have impacted his descendants. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19a). Some people have taught that all humans are born with a sinful nature that we inherited from Adam, and this explains how his disobedience resulted in many being made sinners. However, to be consistent, if the first part of the passage means that the sin of Adam resulted in all becoming sinners involuntarily, then the second part of the passage would mean that the obedience of Christ results in all becoming righteous involuntarily,

for it states: “so by the obedience of one many shall be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19b) This is an unbiblical conclusion. I believe the biblical explanation is that Adam’s disobedience and the resulting corruption of creation, including the constitutional depravity of his descendants became the influence and cause for the resulting escalation of temptation and sins of his posterity, so that it can be truly said,

by his “disobedience many were made sinners.” In the same way, Christ’s obedience (his unselfish, loving sacrifice) became the influence and cause of the repentance and righteousness of his followers, so that it can be truly said, by his “obedience many were made righteous.” (Hebrews 9:14) Temptation is universal, and all have sinned, but sin is not necessitated by our God-given nature.  Sin is a free-will choice, and only the personal choice to sin can render a person guilty before God, therefore sinfulness is not a substance that can be physically inherited. I believe that the personal commission and practice of sin is the cause of personal moral depravity, resulting in people becoming “by nature the children of wrath.” I reject the doctrine of Original Sin, that was introduced into the teachings of Christianity, that says

we are born sinful and guilty because of the sin of Adam.  

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

Great thinkers have disputed the meaning of death in this passage.  Some say it refers to physical death, and others say it is a reference

to “spiritual death” (a term not found in the Bible but is used to refer to a “spiritual” separation between a person and God. That is not to

say that the Bible never uses the term death as a metaphor, or in a proleptic sense, to depict alienation from God, but it is never referred

to as a spiritual death, properly speaking.) Without going into the problems these interpretations present, I agree with those who see this

as a reference to the wages of sin, the everlasting deprivation of life, especially since Paul is contrasting this death with the eternal life

we can have in Christ, not mere earthly physical life. It seems rather simple.  The sin of one man resulted in his descendants being

deprived of the life- and health-giving effects of the tree of life, thus guaranteeing they would inherit constitutional depravity and physical death, yes, but the wages of Adam’s sin was eternal death for himself. His actions certainly impacted his descendants, as previously mentioned, thus his mortal descendants have brought the eternal death that entered the world upon themselves by their own personal sins.  The eventuality of everlasting death was introduced into the world by Adam and it passed upon all who have personally sinned. But the

gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Death is certain, even for those who have not sinned (babies), and for those who are forgiven, but it will not be eternal.  Because he lives, so will they.  They will be resurrected and granted immortality (eternal life). 

In fact, eternal life is already theirs, as an inheritance that awaits them. The lost will be resurrected to face God’s judgment.  They will

be cast into the lake of fire, where they will perish, just as the Bible states.  The punishment of the second death will be eternal in consequence, meaning it will be permanent and irreversible.  God will destroy both soul and body in hell.

Physical death and eternal death are intrinsically linked, but there is a distinction.  Those who die in their sins will be resurrected and

will die the second death for their sins.  Eternal death will only be experienced by sinners who reject the Lordship of Jesus Christ, for

all those who receive him will live forever. Sinners make themselves objects of God’s wrath; God does not create us as objects of his 

wrath. When a person by his own free will, chooses to disobey the moral law of God, he becomes, or is made, a sinner of his own 

volition. When a person, through the influence of the Spirit of God, chooses to repent and follow Christ in obedience, he becomes, or

is made, righteous of his own volition.

 Mankind’s Conditional Salvation

​The Lord Jesus Christ has made provision for the salvation of mankind by his voluntary death on the cross for our sins. A person 

receives forgiveness for his sins and acceptance with God when he admits to God that he is a sinner, and when in godly sorrow he turns from his sinful and self-ruled life to follow Jesus Christ as Lord. Christ’s death makes salvation possible for all, but his death makes salvation automatic for no one. Eternal life is possible to each of us because of Christ’s death and resurrection, but eternal life only becomes the inheritance of the converted. To be converted is to be regenerated, or, to be born again. What is the new birth? The new birth is not something that happens to a person, as if he were a passive recipient unable to respond to God. The new birth is a change 

of heart toward Christ, effected by the sinner, influenced by God. God and man are responsible for the new birth. We are saved by grace, with grace being defined as God’s divine influence upon the heart of man, through faith - a submissive obedient trust in Christ.  The Bible commands us to “Make you a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 18:31), “Repent ye therefore and be converted” (Acts 3:19), and to forsake all to follow Christ. We are not told to pray for the ability to follow Christ, we are called to follow Christ without delay. Contrary

to those who say that the new birth is the impartation of new abilities by God so that we can respond to him, I agree with those who teach that sinful man is not unable to obey God, he is merely unwilling, which means “being dead in trespasses and sins” is not an inability to follow God, it is instead metaphorical language that refers to a relational separation from God. To be born again is therefore to become relationally alive to God. Therefore, regeneration is not a change in the substance or abilities of the soul or body, but the beginning of

man rightly using his substance and abilities God created him with.

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Perseverance

​All followers of Christ, who persevere in holiness to the end of life, have the promise of eternal salvation (Hebrews 12:9-15), however,

a person can fall away from the Lord, either through passive indifference or deliberate apostasy, and perish. Those who have once truly believed and followed the Lord may later fall (Ezek. 18:24; 1 Tim. 1:18, 19). Those once grafted into the good olive tree may later be broken off through willful unbelief (Rom. 11:16-22). Branches that “abide not” are cast forth and burned (John 15:6). Those having once known Christ can again become entangled in the world (2 Peter 2:20). Those who have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit and have produced fruits of the Spirit may fall from grace back into former pollutions (Heb. 6:4-6; 10:29). We share finally in Christ only if we continue to trust him (Heb. 3:14). We are instructed to take care that we do not lose what we have (2 John 8), and to hold fast so that no

one seizes our crown (Rev. 3:11). There are strong grounds to believe that the Christian will persevere unto the end and be saved because

of the power of divine grace pledged for his support. I believe that a Christian that gives in to temptation and sins, or in other words, becomes a backslider by drifting away from the Lord, will receive God’s loving correction, and that repentance results in forgiveness. Should the believer fail to repent, I believe God will increase his chastening on his erring child for the purpose of saving his soul from eternal death (Hebrews 12:9). God is longsuffering and eager to forgive, and he promises not to forsake us, therefore I do not believe that backsliding results in the immediate forfeiture of our salvation as some teach, but I do believe that the backslider can resist the Spirit and harden his heart toward God’s correction and ultimately forsake the Lord, or in other words, he can become an apostate. Backsliding can

be remedied, by repentance, but it can lead to apostasy, from which there is no road to recovery. (Hebrews 6:4-6) I believe in the eternal security of the believer, but not the unbeliever, whether he was once a believer or not. A person that follows Christ will never perish, but

the person who forsakes Christ will forfeit his salvation. Since man continues to have free choice, it is possible because of temptations

and the weakness of human flesh for him to fall into the practice of sin and to make shipwreck of his faith and be lost. I also believe that

the Bible shows us that there are many people who profess to be Christians that have never been converted to begin with. (Hebrews 12:8)

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Prophecy, Foreknowledge, and Future Events

​All people have either a settled view or an open view of the future. When it comes to God’s purposes, plans, and prophecies, there are

those who teach that God has predetermined everything that happens. There are others who teach that God does not predetermine

everything that happens, because that would make him responsible for the sins people commit and all of the suffering in the world, but

that in eternity past he foresaw all the sins people would commit, all of the suffering in the world, as well as the fact that most people

would reject him and be eternally destroyed, but he created them all anyway. Considering these two views further, either God causes all things that happen, so they cannot occur otherwise, or God has always foreknown what would happen in every instance, therefore each event of every moment must occur as he foresaw it, so, as in the first view, they cannot occur otherwise. Either way, every event that has ever happened had to happen the way it did. Think of the atrocious acts that people have committed against each other in history. Did

God predestinate these actions? Of course not, for if man is not responsible for his actions then he cannot justly be held accountable for them. Did God know all of these terrible things would happen? If he did, it means they were certain to happen, or it could not truly be

said that God foreknew they would happen. Under either view, the sins and sufferings on earth are unavoidable certainties. Is this really

the teaching of the Word of God? As you can see, both views are philosophically problematic and create confusion when studying the scriptures. Both views teach us that everything about the future is already settled, either through God willing it or God knowing it in advance. Is there another way to view prophecy, foreknowledge, and future events that does not contradict the scriptures and reason, and most importantly, does not bring God’s character into question? Yes, and it is referred to as Open Theism. This is a theological model

within Christianity that depicts God as knowing all there is to know, but that there are parts of the future that are not objects of knowledge, even for God, because they do not yet exist. Certainly, there are parts of the future that are settled, and therefore known by God, because

he has determined that some things will come to pass (The Lord Jesus will come again, the Lord’s enemies will be destroyed, etc.). But

this has to do with God’s power and ability to accomplish his purposes, not an ability to see something that does not yet exist. It is simple. What God has determined is settled. But not everything about the future is settled. For example, who will or who will not be saved is not predetermined, it is not certain, therefore it is not settled in God’s knowledge. So, our prayers and actions can really make a difference

in the lives of others. Nor are the decisions I am going to make next week already settled. Right now, they are only possibilities, and God

in his perfect knowledge knows them as possibilities. If he knew them as anything but possibilities, then his knowledge would not be perfect.  Each choice I make is only a possibility until I make it; once I make the choice it becomes an actuality, and this is when God

knows it as an actuality. The issue is not about the knowledge of God, for all Christians believe God knows everything. The issue is about the nature of reality. Since the future does not exist, then the future free will choices of human beings do not exist, and are not objects of knowledge, until these choices are made. God can plan and ensure that certain things will happen, and he can in his infinite intelligence

even make accurate predictions (can’t we do the same even with our finite intelligence?), and this explains prophecy, foreknowledge,

and future events, though the subject is too vast and rich to cover here. So, the future is indeed partly settled, as we see in the Bible, but

it is also partly open, as we see in the Bible. God does not change in his character, and at times he specifically states in the Bible that he

will not change his mind about something, but at other times he has changed his mind because of the choices of people, or as a result of prayer. God is truly free, truly relational, and truly responsive to those he has created in his own image. 

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The Atonement

Over the years, many Christians have labored in study attempting to explain the relationship between the atonement of Jesus Christ and

the salvation of mankind. This has resulted in the development of numerous atonement theories, or models, such as the Ransom Theory,

the Moral-Influence Theory, the Satisfaction Theory, as well as the Christus Victor, Penal-Substitution, and Moral Government views of

the atonement. All Christians believe that the atonement works, but how it works has been a matter of debate. To be clear, I do not believe that any one view of the atonement must be accepted before a person can become a Christian, as some might suggest. Believing in the

fact of the atonement and resurrection of Christ and being able to explain all that it means for us are two very different things.  Christians

all over the world, and all throughout history, have differed on which of these models most accurately conveys the meaning of the cross,

and in some instances, they overlap or blend one or more of these models.  All of them contain some truth, but some are more consistent with the overall truth that we glean from the Word of God.   We can always learn more about the atonement of Christ, but my position is

that the combination of the principles of the Christus Victor and Moral Government models of the atonement, along with the understanding that man is conditionally immortal and that the wages of sin is death, gives us the most accurate picture of what God has done for us

through the cross. 

 

 

​The theme of the Christus Victor model is that Christ voluntarily experienced suffering and death on our behalf that he might deliver us from the power of sin, death, and Satan. Christ was afflicted, not in the sense that God abandoned him (thus causing a lack of oneness in

the Trinity) or that God’s wrath was directed toward him, but in the sense that evil men and evil powers were allowed to have their way

with him for a greater good. The Lord Jesus gave his life as a ransom, but this does not mean he had to pay off God or the devil, or that sinners are “victims” as if they have no responsibility for their sins.  A ransom is a price of/for release. Christ did not “pay” for our individual sins, but he did pay a price (suffering and death) to free us from the power of death, the slavery of sin, and the oppression of Satan. Some Christians have been taught to look at the atonement in legal terms.  God is viewed as an angry judge who is ready to send everyone to hell, while the Lord Jesus is viewed as a defense attorney who offers to take our punishment. If a person will only mentally depend on Jesus as this substitute, he is saved, so some believe. What he does going forward has no bearing on his standing with God. 

With this being taught, it is no surprise that many people that call themselves Christians will hear the Lord say in a coming day: “Depart from ye, ye workers of iniquity.” The Christus Victor model stresses the fact that we must participate in Christ’s death and resurrection

in order to avail ourselves of his victory.  We do this by abandoning selfishness and submitting our lives completely to Christ and his Kingdom purposes.

How does the Lord’s death free us from the power of death, the power of Satan, and the power of sin?

When the Lord Jesus died and rose again, he destroyed death.

 

By his death and resurrection, Jesus has “abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” Because

of the death and resurrection of Christ, Paul could say: “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall

have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us

the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

​When the Lord Jesus died and rose again, he destroyed the one who had the power of death.

​The Bible says: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Christ) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were

all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

​When the Lord Jesus died and rose again, it was for the purpose of having dominion over all; the living, as well as those who are

deceased but will be resurrected.  Those who submit to him as Lord have power over sin.

​“For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.”

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this,

that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is

dead is freed from sin.”

​Through his death, the Lord Jesus rendered Satan powerless. When Adam sinned, death was the sentence passed upon him. The devil,

who became the god of this world, had the power over death because mankind lost access to the tree of life. This is why the Bible says

that “in Adam all die.” Satan’s power related to death had eternal consequences for mankind, for as the tempter and oppressor, he and

the powers of darkness have influenced people to sin, which ultimately results in the second death for sinners.  But God… “commendeth

his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The Lord Jesus suffered and died and was then “raised from the dead.” This made him the “first fruits of them that slept.”  Because he lives, his followers will too. “For if we have been planted together

in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:” Because of the Lord Jesus, Adam’s lost dominion and Satan’s reign is overturned, and we can be raised from the dead to have eternal life. The Lord Jesus also made it so that those who are “dead” in their trespasses and sins, can have their sins forgiven if they will turn from sin to God.  “If the Son therefore shall make you

free, ye shall be free indeed.” The victory that Satan achieved in the Garden of Eden has been reversed through the gospel – the death

and resurrection of Christ.  Again, Christ has “abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

​People are under the power of sin. It exercises dominion over them, and sin leads to death. Human beings need a deliverer, a savior, someone who can break the power of sin, someone who can “set us free from the law of sin and death.”  Sin exercises its dominion in

death, but those who are baptized into and buried with Christ die with him in his death so that they may be raised with him to newness

of life. These captives do not merely need a pardon for their sinful deeds, they need to “turn from darkness to light, and from the power

of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins.” Those that have turned to Christ have been delivered from the power of darkness and they have been transferred into his Kingdom. God has taken the initiative to overcome the powers that are hostile to himself and mankind. Thus, the crucifixion is not a necessary transaction to appease a wrathful and justice-demanding deity, but an act of divine love.

​God is not an angry deity that must be “paid” before he will show mercy.  One can argue that this is not mercy at all.  But he does have

a moral government that must be upheld for the good of his creation. God’s love is the reason for his law.  As most everyone knows, for

law to be law, there must be a penalty for breaking the law. 

 

​We not only need to be released from the power of sin, death, and Satan; we also need to be released from the penalty of sinning under God’s moral government. How does this work?

 

The Governmental view holds that Christ’s death was a substitution for the punishment that human beings deserve because of their sins,

but it did not consist of Christ receiving the exact punishment due to sinful people, which would be, in my view, eternal destruction. In

fact, this view declares that Christ was not punished at all, for an innocent person cannot be punished. The pain, suffering, and death were real, but the atonement was a willing substitution for the penalty, not the penalty itself. The penalty for sin is the second death in the lake

of fire, not physical death by crucifixion. God is a holy and merciful Moral Governor. In his holiness and love, he must uphold his moral

law for the good of creation.  When sin is committed, the transgressor must be punished by receiving the penalty attached to the transgression, or the moral law is undermined. Were the moral law to be undermined, God’s government would be undermined. To be

just, God must hold wrong-doers accountable.  But God loves mankind and does not want us to perish, therefore, he mercifully provided

a substitute for our penalty in the atonement of Christ.  Since Christ died “for our sins”, the moral law was upheld, public justice was maintained, and God can forgive sinners of their trespasses.  In this way, God can be both just and justifier.  Christ’s death does not mean that people can sin with impunity, as some suggest. It automatically saves no one.  It makes provision for the salvation of all in that it satisfied the governmental demands of the law (even more so than the infliction of the penalty on sinners would have) and it allows the wrath  of God to “pass over” his obedient servants. It allows God to justly forgive those who forsake their sins.

 

Christ “bore” our sins in the same way he “bore” the sicknesses of people in his earthly ministry.  He did not become sick for them. He

took their sicknesses away.  In the same way, he did not literally become sin or sinful for us, or have our literal sins placed upon him since this is impossible, rather, he suffered as a sin-offering on our behalf, and therefore he was the lamb that “taketh away the sins of the world”, meaning his sacrifice is sufficient provision for the entire world to be forgiven of their sins, but that is not the only condition. The cross

of Christ satisfied public justice, but repentance from individuals is necessary for salvation.  God will forgive those who forsake sin to follow Jesus, because of the atonement. In this view, it can be truly said that God forgives sinners, for whether one pays for his own sins,

or another pays for them on his behalf, the debt is paid, and there is no forgiveness.  This view also avoids the concept that someone must suffer before God will be merciful.  The cross is the evidence that God was already merciful toward mankind. 

 

The fact that Christ’s death does not apply to individuals directly, but to the Church corporately, supplies a better understanding of what

it means to be a part of God’s elect.  I do not believe that God elected certain individuals to salvation before the world began, as Calvinism teaches through determinism, and Arminianism teaches through (what I believe to be a faulty view of) foreknowledge, but that election

is corporate. God elected that a group of people would be saved and sanctified, but not who would be a part of that elect group.  (It is the same principle with Israel being God’s elect nation.) We become a part of God’s elect body by submitting to the Lordship of Christ. According to the Governmental theory and the Christus Victor models, individuals partake of the atonement by being attached to the

Church through faith. Accordingly, people can remove themselves from the elect group by forsaking Christ. This view of the atonement avoids the conclusion by some that if Christ paid for the sins of all of the individuals of the world (past, present, and future) that all will

be saved, for if Christ truly paid for our sins, there is nothing else left for God to hold against us.  It avoids the “limited atonement”

teaching of Calvinism, that Christ’s death saves certain elect individuals only.  

 

The wages of sin is death.  Not the first death, for all humans die the first death whether sinful or not.  Even Christ, being born as a man, would have died of old age eventually, even though he was without sin.  So, it is not just the fact that he died that is all important, it is

the mode of his death.  Christ died a horrific public death “for our sins”, and because of this, God’s obligation to punish was cancelled. 

The Atonement of Christ cancelled the governmental obligation for punishment. So, by dying, Jesus did not "pay for our sins."  But he

did offer himself as a sin-offering, a substitution for the threatened penalty, in order to remove God’s obligation to punish us.  Now,

those who submit to him as Lord and walk in obedience to him will escape the second death.  Through his death and resurrection, the

first death has no hold on us.  We too will be resurrected, but some will live forever, while others are forever destroyed in the lake of fire.