We are about to venture into a very dark place. As we go there, we are not denouncing people, but shining the marvellous light and love of the Father, Son and Spirit. We are descending into the hell of some Christian theologies for their harrowing.
We believe that this is the most serious of issues—not merely to be correct for orthodoxy’s sake—because the theology that is embedded in many Christians’ heads is not Christian at all and is an enemy to the gospel. It unintentionally seeks to undo the life and work of Jesus, revealing who the Father truly is.
This article follows the purpose of Jesus’ life, “to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79).
The culture of religion is one of Sadomasochism (S&M): the pleasure of inflicting or submitting to abuse and pain.
In this culture, the master of perversion, the enemy/satan, desires for others to submit to his abuse and enjoy perpetrating it on others.
The enemy is delusional, thinking he is god. And his smear campaign includes painting his own attributes onto the face of his enemy, God. The devil’s greatest delight is to portray God as the Master Sadomasochists.
In the Christian religion, a propaganda tool of divine Sadomasochism is the Penal Substitution Theory of Atonement (PSTA).
MASTER AND SERVANT
At the crucifixion, PSTA divides God into two roles: master and servant. (There is usually no mention of the Holy Spirit in this theory, and no wonder since He is the bond of love, peace and unity in the Godhead). The sadistic father is the master, who gets pleasured or appeased by punishing his son.
Since divine justice, honour and holiness have been offended by human sin, someone must to be punished.
The masochistic son is the servant, who dutifully accepts the suffering and pain inflicted by the hands of his father, specifically for the sake of sinful human beings. The torture may go so far that the father kills his son.
If God is immutable (unchanging) then this Sadomasochism has been going from eternity—the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world—and was merely re-enacted at the crucifixion. Nevertheless, after the cross, the wrathful father is still behind the back of Jesus, temporarily being appeased by the son’s blood.
THY KINGDOM COME, THY S&M BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!
Inevitably, this relationship between God, the father and the son, becomes an archetype/model for divine-human and human-human relations. People become like what they worship.
Through people believing the lie of a sadomasochistic God, the enemy takes further pleasure in inflicting pain in people’s lives.
The S&M religious mindset proclaims that pain, suffering, sickness, humiliation and death are not only necessary but also glorious. They are blessings from God and cause for rejoicing and thanksgiving.
With this mindset, the ‘believer’ has adopted the consciousness of the enemy, simply labelling it Christian. This keeps people bound by their beliefs to these conditions.
The Sadomasochism continually grows, like a mustard seed blooming into a BDSM (Bondage-Dominance-Submission-SadoMasochism) tree.
The kingdom of BDSM spreads through leadership. As God’s representatives on earth, they may dominate people into submission and keep them in bondage through fear, threats, punishment, guilt, shame, condemnation and exclusion.
Ironically, the followers may take delight in receiving these blessings, “Pastor-Evangelist-Prophet-Apostle X really let us have it this week in his message! He did not spare the rod. It was just what I needed. Oh, I can’t wait for more!” The victims internalize the Sadomasochism, and they continue to beat up themselves and others. The oppressed become oppressors.
THE LOWWAY TO HELL
PSTA logically ends in the popular doctrine of hell.
There is a legal limitation for how long one can be found innocent under the blood of the lamb. After the death of those who continued to sin and did not accept the Punished Substitution (Jesus), the retaliatory God can now step out from behind the back of Jesus and pour out his punitive justice on the wretches. And in some interpretations, the son ultimately becomes fully like his father—a sadist eternally enjoying exacting punishment.
PSTA theology has a description of hell, which is the ultimate BDSM dungeon. Those who refuse to take part in the belief and rituals of the BDSM God and church will go to an ever-burning torture chamber. In this place, God enjoys inflicting torment on the vast majority of humanity through his servants, demons. Here the divinity and hell of PSTA bears little dissimilarity to those of other pagan religions.
REPENTANCE = LOVE, LIFE AND FREEDOM
Many have left the church S&M—or the reformed church of BDSM—trying to find freedom from abuse. They may look elsewhere, like spiritualties, but their embedded views of God and of themselves continue the haunting. Consequently, many who have experienced or observed the horrors of these teachings and practices want nothing to do with what they perceive as God, Jesus or the gospel.
However, the only way to escape this bondage is repentance. But this is not repentance in the sense meant by the church of Sadomasochism—to feel guilty about and focus on our sins, selves and wretchedness. Repentance (Greek, metanoia) means to change our minds about God and ourselves. True repentance is to see God for who He truly is and then to see ourselves for whom He has made us, in His image and likeness.
Possibly, the greatest repentance needed is by those perpetrating the PSTA theologies in the churches of S&M and BDSM.
The delight in giving and receiving abuse, pain and suffering is not the life of Abba, Jesus and Holy Spirit. The relationship between the Father and the Son in the Spirit is not sadomasochistic.
The eternal life of the Trinity is not divided, but united. It is not bondage, but freedom. It is not dominance, but equality. It is not selfishness, but selflessness. It is not terror and fear, but love and life. It is not slavish submission, but familial communion.
ABBA SO LOVED…
Jesus is theology (Theo-Logos: the Word of God). Yet in the Gospels, He never hinted that His Abba (Daddy/Papa) would pour out His wrath on Him. In Acts, the Epistles and Revelation, the apostles are also silent on this issue. The handful of verses used to support PSTA require inference beyond the rules of exegesis (biblical interpretation).
At the cross, the Son was not receiving abuse, wrath and punishment from the Father for our sins.
At the cross, Jesus was revealing the God who loves us despite our sins, who is willing to die for our wrong beliefs about Him, including PSTA.
At the cross, Abba and Holy Spirit were in Jesus Christ not counting our trespasses against us, reconciling us even when we were doing the worst possible act in the universe—killing God and ourselves.
Our Triune God—Abba, Jesus and Holy Spirit—were willing to suffer our wrath and abuse toward Them. They exposed and delivered us from our Sadomasochism toward God and others.
At the crucifixion and resurrection, Abba, Jesus and Holy Spirit exposed the wrath and lies of the enemy—and defeated him.
Jesus, the good Son, revealed our good Daddy, who loves us more than He loves Himself.
This is our Papa who through His Son and Spirit is united with all His children.
We can absolutely trust and love our Abba, because He is love.