“Yes, I am definitely questioning the atonement and trying to discover how we can see it in a different way. We’ve got this image of God who needs some sort of flesh, some sort of blood, that needs some sort of vengeance to pay for sin. My experience of a loving God who’s asked me to love my enemies – this isn’t a God that demands something before you are accepted. I think Jesus died because Jesus was inclusive. God is inclusive. I think that the idea of God somehow being separated from us was more man’s idea.”
Jay Bakker doesn’t understand the concept of original sin, and without that, you cannot accurately preach the substitutionary atonement, or handle God’s Word properly. As a result, everything Jesus came to fulfill on His mission is lost in a deceptive message like his. Without atonement, there is no salvation! The Jesus that Jay Bakker teaches is a false Jesus, it is not the Jesus of the Bible.
Here is another quote from Bakker, but this one is regarding the afterlife:
As for the afterlife, is it something that I hope for? That’s one of those unknowns. I don’t know. So I’m going to live my life here. A friend of mine was once asked “do you believe in life after death?” and he said “I believe in life before death, learning how to live life in the here and now, learning how to love my neighbors now and to love my enemies now.”
I really don’t believe in hell, but I hope for heaven.
You can catalog Bakker right up there with heretics Brian McLaren and Rob Bell (among others).
Ya know, the wolves aren’t even disguising themselves as sheep any more. The church has thrown the doors wide open and are letting the wolves in. Is it any wonder the sheep are being slaughtered?