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Made Sin Controversy

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Christ Made Sin : The Imputation of Sin to Christ
..."God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." -   2 Cor. 5:21      Our sins were imputed to him as to a sacrifice. Christ the just is put in the place of the unjust, to suffer for them (1 Peter 3 :18). Christ is said to bear sin, as a sacrifice bears sin (Isaiah 53:10, 12). His soul was made an offering for sin. But sin was so laid upon the victims, as that it was imputed to them in a judicial account manner according to the ceremonial law, and typically expiated by them. Christ would not have taken away our sins as Mediator, had he not borne the punishment of them. As a surety, 'He was made sin for us' (2 Corinthians 5:21), and he bore our sins, which is evident by the kind of dea...
Stephen Charnock
Christ was not a Sinner - Ever! : A Response to Mark Daniel : And Don Fortner
...Now if we want to hold to the position that Christ literally became a sinner on the cross, we must also hold to the position that Jesus became the Lord and Christ. Now I don't know of any Sovereign Grace believers that believe Jesus became the Lord.  Acts 2:36 is clearly teaching that Jesus was manifested or revealed by God to be Lord and Christ.       So how are we to understand 2 Cor. 5:21?  All of scripture speaks of imputation.  Nowhere does it speak of sin being transfused or imparted to Christ.  Now you and I still sin, so that does not mean our sins were "in him" as if they were a physical thing or principle.  If they were destroyed "in Him" as "things" then we would not sin.  Therefore, we must understand that 2 Cor. 5:21 is referring to imputation....
Brandan Kraft
The Doctrine of Made Sin! : 2 Corinthians 5:21 : A Prelude
...     There is a current (perhaps centuries old) doctrine that is circulating and has been for many years on the Scripture verse: 2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.      The current doctrine circulating is that Christ when upon the cross took INTO Himself our nature and that is how He was made sin and sets forth that it is more than imputation, I will get into the details as I post. That doctrine is disturbing to me because I know my own nature and IF Christ took the sin nature of man He would no longer be the Sinless Lamb of God without spot or blemish, Christ forever the same.       Often we are called to stand for what we believe is the truth,...
Eileen Beckett
The Doctrine of Made Sin! : 2 Corinthians 5:21 : Part 1
...2Co 5:21 - For he hath made him to be made sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.          It's difficult to know where to begin on this most disturbing doctrine that is currently circulating.  I need to do some research and see if there is correlating doctrine over the centuries of Christendom, I haven't done that yet. I first heard of the current doctrine about 5 or 6 years ago but I didn't understand the whole issue and quite honestly didn't research it for myself. I rarely comment on things I haven't come to conclusions on without research so I let it go thinking perhaps it was much ado about nothing (that's what they would have you believe).  The Scripture certainl...
Eileen Beckett
The Doctrine of Made Sin! : 2 Corinthians 5:21 : Part 2
...  2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.        I spent several years trying to understand the uproar over the current teaching on Christ being made sin and I did want to put it all down in a simplified writing. I’m having a hard time with the desire to revisit it again and again and it really isn’t simple.  However I wanted to write down these 3 points that best bring together this doctrine and why I can’t embrace it. This doctrine denies the biblical doctrine of imputation and the imputed righteousness of Christ. Christ was in agony in the garden because He knew He was going to become one of us; going to assume our natur...
Eileen Beckett
God's Imputation is not Pretend or Make Believe
...     Those who would portray or characterize the Biblical doctrine of imputation (the sins of God's elect imputed to Christ and HIS righteousness imputed to all for whom He died, as taught in 2 Corinthians 5:21), as "God pretending" (or a mere pretense) do not understand the Biblical doctrine of imputation. Christ was truly MADE SIN for His people by imputation, and this was so real that He actually came under the curse of the law and the wrath of God for His people. It was so real that because of it He had to suffer unto death for His people. It was so real that as their Surety and Substitute, He fully satisfied the justice of God so much so that their sins cannot justly be imputed to them. It was so real that by His death they are all fully, eternally, and un...
Bill Parker
He Has Made Him Sin
...Editor's note:  I include this article for reference.  While I do agree with this article as it pertains to the atonement, I still agree with the understanding that made sin or made righteousness refers to imputation.   - B. For he has made him sin for us, who knew no sin; hat we might be made the righteousness of God in him. - 2 Corinthians 5:21      The Lord Jesus being made sin for us must extend beyond the idea of the imputation of our sin to Him. We would never be made the righteousness of God in Christ as a result of His being merely charged with our sin. No, He must also suffer for those sins. He must not merely bear our sins, but must bear them on the tree of curse and punishment. To bear the sins of someone else and suffer in their...
Joe Terrell
He Offered Himself Without Spot to God
...     Both the enemies of Christ such as the Pharisees and some who would be His friends have referred to Christ as a “sinner,” even the “greatest sinner.” We know that the scriptures teach that Christ as our Surety assumed the full responsibility of the sins of His people before the world began.      Isaiah says, “The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa. 53:6). But all that had to come upon Him at the hand of divine justice was because of this imputation. He was not responsible for our sins because of anything He did or was guilty of, all accountability for our sins was because God had imputed our sins to Him. As the Surety, justice held Him accountable. But He could only die for our sins if He was Himself...
Gary Shepard
Imputed Righteousness : Ground of All True Comfort
...Now, to this place I have come, Through the living, joys and tears, This the end, the living 's done, Now the time for dying 's here. Would I could now take the book, Sin and shame all written down, Remove the days where I forsook Truth, and wisdom, Christ disowned! But being able, this to do, What days could then be found for me? Not one! And so, I look to You, Your cross and righteousness, to see, And know, by these You view my life, All of which I am ashamed, As righteous, holy, in Your sight, No fault is found; no sin is named. “…God, Who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” - Romans 4:17...
John Pedersen
What Does Made Sin Actually Mean? : Part 1 of 4
...     The made sin controversy has been brought up again in my mind.  It's been nearly 15 years since Mark Daniels was fired from his position at Eager Avenue Grace Church in Albany, GA for preaching and refusing to recant that Christ became an actual sinner on the cross.  If you're interested in hearing the actual sermon, and reading my response to it, I urge you to read my article about it.  I have heard that this article was printed, read, and passed around in the churches, including at 13th street.  I probably would have taken more time to write it, and maybe change some of the language used had I known it was going to be so widely read.  However, after re-reading it, I still stand by the basic premise it communicated today....
Brandan Kraft
What Does Made Sin Actually Mean? : Part 2 of 4
...Note:  You can read part one of this article here.  You can read part three of this article here.      I've still been thinking about the "made sin" controversy.  I've received some feedback on my last article, but mostly not much of a response.  I want to get to the bottom of this and clarify even further what I think really is going on.      Joe Terrell has written an article that I believe represents well the "more than imputation camp."  I want to go through it, dissect it, and add my comments.   I want to honestly review it and show that the made sin camp is not preaching another Gospel.  I believe personalities and people following is getting in the wa...
Brandan Kraft
What Does Made Sin Actually Mean? : Part 3 of 4
...    Part one and part two of this series of articles on the made sin controversy were published not too long ago.  I've received comments, and most of them have been positive.  But there has been some mild criticism/objections, which I expected.  I'm a big boy, so send your comments my way, I want to hear what you have to say.  My feelings aren't gonna be hurt, I can tell you that.     I have not heard from anyone from the "made sin" camp, only those in the imputation camp.  Some dear brothers that I have agreement with in the imputation only camp have said essentially (summarized) , "Brandan, please listen to these clips.  These preachers are preaching false doctrine.   Please take a listen."  O...
Brandan Kraft
What Does Made Sin Actually Mean? : Part 4 of 4
...      Parts one, two, and three of this article series were recently published.  My final part in this article series will deal with Clay Curtis's sermon titled, The Blessing of Imputation.  It can be viewed or listened to in its entirety on Sermon Audio.  But for the purpose of analysis and commentary, I transcribed it in its entirety and have made it available for download.  I think this is an important sermon to listen to because it really exposes what the 4th camp is preaching.  Yes you read right, four camps.        I know earlier in this article series I mentioned that there were three camps.  The first camp, or the camp that I agree with, believes the phrase made sin in 1 ...
Brandan Kraft