False teacher Mark “Jesus is not my God” Sandlin had another in his series of posts denying the atonement (how else would a wolf celebrate Easter?). But he completely indicted himself by pulling out his proof-text from a passage that annihilated his views and exposed him and the “Christian” Left for what they are.
I’m sticking with: God is Love. (1 John 4:8)
So, to hell with Hell.
And that leaves no room, or need, for atonement.
That’s possibly the most amusing and self-indicting “scriptorture” I’ve ever seen from a false teacher.
Let’s start with this: Would Sandlin agree that 1 John belongs in the Bible? Does he agree with the authorship of John? More importantly, does he agree with the rest of the book? I’m guessing the answers are “no,” “no” and “no” for nearly every verse in it.
But even if he affirms them and isn’t being a hypocrite as he is whenever he quotes from the Gospel of John (which he quickly dismissed when he was insisting that Jesus is not divine), let’s use rule #1 for Bible reading and check out the context of Sandlin’s trump card against Hell and the atonement.
1 John 4:1–10 (ESV) 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
That is golden: The context of Sandlin’s prooftext is a warning against false teachers! And note how we are commanded to test the spirits — i.e., to judge whether teachers are from God.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
Oh, this keeps getting better! Just as John did in chapter 5 v. 12-13*, he makes the point from both sides so that false teachers can’t pretend that you could deny Jesus’ divinity and still claim to agree with God. This alone is bulletproof evidence against Sandlin and his followers being Christians. He has the spirit of the antichrist (which I’m assuming he denies is a real thing — even though he really, really believes v. 8!).
He explicitly denies that Jesus came in the flesh from God (and remember, Sandlin already conceded that this author believes in the divinity of Jesus).
4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
More indictment of the “Christian” Left: They are all about the world, literally sharing the same views with them on things like abortion, the LGBTQX agenda, adultery, etc.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Ah, there is Sandlin’s pet verse, but note how he disagrees with everything around it and how the context indicts him and the “Christian” Left in the strongest possible terms. He doesn’t know what real love is (having the long-term best interests of others at heart). His is the patronizing, indulging sort of “love” that harms people.
But wait, there’s more!
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Wow, can you believe that? Right after Sandlin’s life verse and universalist trump card the text clearly demonstrates the Trinity (which Sandlin denies) and that we have eternal life through him* and that Jesus was a propitiation for our sins!
If you don’t know what propitiation is, it is the satisfying of God’s WRATH. You know, the wrath that Sandlin denies because he quotes the “God is love” line out of context and pretends that God is only love and nothing else.
So God’s love in v. 8 isn’t the kind of love Sandlin & Co. refer to. It is the love He showed through Jesus to sacrifice on our behalf, as He would be the propitiation for our sins such that we could live through him. In other words, He was our atonement.
Read it again. It wasn’t Sandlin’s view of love that is in play, “but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Sandlin, like other false teachers, relies on biblical ignorance to make his case. He is confident in using 1 John 4:8 completely out of context because he knows that his followers are extremely unlikely to know or care what the text really says.
I hope you see how easy it is to refute false teachers. Just take the verses they quote and read them in context. I pray that people read 1 John 4 carefully and see that it really does address the “Christian” Left — but not in a good way!
*1 John 5:12–13 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.