The Most Deadly teaching of all:

Those promoting Substitution Theology in any form are in great error. Such teaching is extremely dangerous and is leading many people into ruin, in the Churches and on the Streets … there are FEW exceptions.

Consider how the Covenant cannot be a Substitution:  
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Heb9:14-17

Clearly a testament (Will) being of force after the testator is dead has NOTHING to do with Substitution or replacement theology of any kind. It is not until your father (the testator) dies, that his last will and 'testament comes into play. If Christ (our testator) has died how can His last will and 'Testament' (New Testament, covenant, {one in same thing} in My blood, Matt26:28, Lk22:20, Mk14:24, 1Cor11:25) be a 'Replacement or Substitution of the requirements and conditions set forth in His Testament? (Covenant)  Simply it cannot, when your father dies does that exempt you from the Conditions set forth in his will, because he did it for you … of course it doesn't. So HOW could Christ's death set aside (substitute or replace) the requirements of His Covenant now in force. His blood was shed not as a payment or substitute for anything, but as a means of Redemption (release from bondage) whereby the purging of the conscience from dead works (of rebellion) takes place and the person entering into His Covenant is cleansed for present service. There is no inference of a Payment being made or Christ taking our place on the Cross as some kind of Substitute to satisfy God's wrath. He died to establish the New Covenant in His Blood and it is by the blood the convert is purged and cleansed in order to release them form the bondage of sin and destroy it at its root once and for all. Trusting that His death was some kind of Satisfaction of Divine Justice to absolve man of his responsibility to Obey God is NOT the Redemption set forth in the Bible.

This quote of Polycarp, a direct disciple of John, confirms the fact that the earliest Christians saw no evidence of substitution in Christ's death:

QUOTE: Let us then continually persevere in our hope, and the earnest of our righteousness, which is Jesus Christ, “who bore our sins in His own body on the tree,” “who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth,” but endured all things for us, that we might live in Him. Let us then be imitators of His patience; and if we suffer for His name’s sake, let us glorify Him. For He has set us this example in Himself, and we have believed that such is the case.

From where did he derive his understanding that Christ's death was our example to follow:
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1Pet2:21-24

In fact the Greek word he uses to 'follow' is epakoloutheō, to 'tread in one's footsteps', very much opposed to the popular image of the two sets of tracks proceeding along the sand that suddenly become one, with the inscription 'that's where I (Jesus) carried you', Rather this passage is saying you not only Follow Him, but 'In His Very Steps', that your life will be a reflection of His in all that you do. Doesn't sound like Peter believed in Substitution / Satisfaction theology, but dying to sin and living for righteousness. It’s the Condition of you abiding in this sort of relationship, wherein conduct matters, that makes the Substitution theories so appealing to your ears. WHY do anything if He did it for you! And bottom line that's where this deception becomes so deadly to your soul. You trust and rest in a theory and fail in participation. (take up your cross and follow)

How does one enter into this Covenant:
Basically its is by Repentance and Faith Proven by deeds; 'That they should repent, turn to God and DO WORKS worthy of repentance', Acts26:20. But this is contrary to what most professed Christians have been taught, 'its not of works, forgiveness is a free gift by Grace through faith alone', Eph2:8-9, Rom3:24-25  

Yes, Justification or forgiveness of sin, is the FREE GIFT of Grace, but wherein is the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus? It is not present in Substitution because there is no emphasis on entering into the Covenant whereby you are purged and cleansed (set free) from Sin once for all. Rom3:24-26 says this:

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Substitution leaves out the 'Redemption' part and infers that the propitiation is expiatory (vicarious, replacement) thereby declaring the person Justified who has not yet been 'released (redeemed) from their bondage to sin. But the passage has BOTH things occurring simultaneously; 'Free Justification and Release from bondage in Christ Jesus, the GIFT and the RELEASE when the person enters into the Blood Covenant with Christ:
'We have Redemption (release from bondage) through His blood, the Remission (pardon, forgiveness) of sin' Eph1:7, Col1:14.
Unless both take place Salvation has not occurred and the person enters a 'half-way' existence wherein they're told they have forgiveness in Christ, but they are not 'in Christ' having failed to meet the Conditions set forth in His Covenant, the purging and cleansing. The Covenant (or Will) offers you free full forgiveness of past transgressions, Rom3:25, and Purging by the blood, Heb9:14, on the Condition you forsake your sinful rebellion and abide in Christ as a Vessel FIT for His use. Entering into Christ is not a provisional exchange wrought through Substitution theories, it’s a 'new and living way' whereby we WALK in Newness of life, exchanging our life of sin for a Life of Righteousness, 'working together' with Him so His Grace is not received in Vain. (without purpose, to no effect)

Again the Covenant provides both forgiveness and cleansing, a genuine release form the bondage of sin, by destroying it at its root and 'engrafting' into the conscience (heart) the Living Word that is able to save the soul. (James1:21) Heb10:14-22 is seldom (if ever) considered by the Substitution pundits but it summarizes the Covenant and how we enter into it with Christ:

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; Heb And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

The Laws are not going to be written on a heart still defiled by sin, nor is iniquity going to remembered no more while you are still a 'worker of iniquity' (claiming 1Jh1:8-9 as sin in you and easy forgiveness for ongoing sin ) Entering into His Covenant is conditioned on your 'holding fast and abiding, and never treating the Blood with contempt by supposing you can sin against it and be easily forgiven as though Christ as your revolving door through which you can enter again and again. The passage goes on to say that we must hold fast without wavering and exhort one another

Let us HOLD FAST the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb10:23-24

Substitution cannot wrought this kind of Redemption because in it there is no Release from the bondage of sin, only remorse for being a sinner. It completely disconnects the Purging of the Conscience, Cleansing of the heart from the Redemption that is Christ Jesus, Rom3:24. Instead it’s a metal assent that Justification has taken place via the Satisfaction-Substitution on the Cross, sins freely forgiven apart from a once for all purging and cessation of sin taking place in the convert. This is why they can never fully grasp the deadly consequences of continuing in sin after one is said to be Justified in Christ and Heb10:26-31 will always remain a mystery to them because they cannot imagine a life without willful sin taking place daily in thought, word and deed, and ever being free from it.

for if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb10:26-31

What this dire warning is saying on the heels of Heb10:14-24, outlining the Covenant, is that treating Christ's last Will and Testament (New Testament in His Blood) with the utter contempt of trampling it underfoot as though His blood has no Power to take away sin (cleanse and purge) is without remedy to the abuser. It's Worse than transgressing Moses law because under this Covenant is the FREE GIFT of remission PLUS actual Release from Bondage!
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Heb2:15-15

How can something of this magnitude be treated as a mere 'Replacement exchange theory that has no Power to Root out the iniquity from the human heart once and for all and provide them with everything that pertains to live and godliness through the exceeding great and precious promises of God whereby they can escape the Corruption that is in the world through lust! 2Pet1:3-4. That's why Substitution (in any form) is Deadly, a perverted and twisted philosophy inspired by the Devil's first lie that you can 'Sin and not Die', because there's easy and free (ongoing) forgiveness in Christ. The fact that this theology (or some form of it) is taught world-wide in Professed Christendom is the reason FEW will enter into the Kingdom, because until the Root of iniquity is purged from the heart in repentance wherein you DIE with Christ, to sin and raise to  newness of life, you abide alone … in an unregenerate state, without Christ, in darkness, blind and deceived. Christ told us why its necessary that we die to our old life of sin:

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John12:23-25  Unless you die in this manner, you will never Live in Him.

In Repentance Sin is forsaken, Done away, destroyed, once for all, not to be repeated again and again in some never ending cycle of sin-repent, sin-repent, gradually dying out to sin that Christ says must be DEAD already! You don't 'repent everyday, sin-repent on a regular basis, die daily to sin, you DIE ONCE, the old man Crucified, put to death, body of sin done away, finished, kaput, you are NO longer a Slave to Sin, Redeemed, bondage broken, released!

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin For he who has died has been freed from sin Rom6:4-7

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Gal5;24

That's why Paul says in Rom6:2 'How can you who have DIED to Sin live any longer therein!', Because if you trample His blood underfoot by continuing in sin, no sacrifice remains and you stand condemned before God. But fret not you Substitution types who were supposedly saved by trusting in Christ's finished work instead of doing your own works of repentance to begin with.(Rev2:5) You may indeed be trampling His blood in Principle, violating your conscience willfully in ongoing sin, but it is certain that you have NEVER been Sanctified by the Blood of the Covenant, Heb10:29, because if you had, you would not be so presumptuous as to imagine you can sin in such manner and not suffer the consequences of your actions. Not to say its impossible for a True Convert to ever fall into such ruin, it is, but it isn't likely given the fact they have been Set Free, purged and cleansed in Christ. Peter, who clearly understood what Christ's death was about, also understood the horrible cost of going back to your vomit, that indeed it would a situation WORSE than when you initially repented and came clean, because finding such cleansing a second time can prove to be impossible for those who return to the mire of sin.   

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 2Pet2:20-22

Justification and Redemption results in Purity of heart and a cessation of sin. Religious people can live an outwardly moral life and perform many charitable deeds, but they are not Pure in heart, which is evident by their own admissions. (if I say I have no sin, all my righteousness is filthy rags, my heart is desperately wicked, etc) But regardless how moral or immoral they may conduct themselves as professed Christians, one thing is certain, they have NOT had the bitter root of iniquity purged from their hearts in repentance because they have never experienced the Redemption that is Christ Jesus, Rom3:24, if they had, they wouldn't be claiming Remission of sin while they are STILL committing sin! Remission (forgiveness) occurs in tandem with Release from bondage, (Redemption) {like the two wheels of a bicycle rolling in tandem} 'We have Redemption through His blood, the Remission of Sin', Eph1:7, in other words, Sin that is not purged out in repentance cannot be Pardoned (Justified freely by His Grace, Rom3:24) and remembered no more … because YOU'RE STILL DOING IT!!

The 'god of this age has blinded the eyes of Professed Christendom (2Cor4:4) to the simplicity and the necessity of this Redemption that is in Christ Jesus, they overly emphasize the Free Gift of Justification apart from the Redemption. The 'RELEASE from bondage' is entirely absent from their message! The foundation of modern evangelism stands on the shifting sands of 19th Century theology handed down by the likes of Spurgeon, Finney, Moody, Pink, who brought us the basis of a 'Replacement Savior', in the Satisfaction theories of moral government; in which Christ's death balanced the scales of divine Justice so God could freely forgive sinners without over turning His authority to rule. The theory is premised on a 'moral influence' that is suppose to motivate the forgiven sinner to obey because of what Christ did for him, instead of the total renovation and Transformation that takes place in Redemption, through a cleansing purging repentance that produces a cessation of sin. And that's why you hear them saying the sin must stop in one breath and then teaching an 'easy forgiveness of ongoing transgressions in the next. Because the sin never really stops and the Root of Rebellion remains in tact.

I Say in Conclusion that those who remain Blinded to this cunning distortion and continue to offer sinners a Salvation based on Trust instead of Release, will hear Christ say to them at the great Judgment: 'I Never knew you, depart from Me, ye workers of iniquity', Matt7:23 They do many Mighty works, but it will all come to naught when the Books are opened and the final accounting is taken. I beseech you to STUDY this before that Day arrives.   




By Mike D