I am a Fan of Penal Substitution When…

…it is used in defense of a victim. When a community singles out a particular sin and decides someone needs to suffer “consequences” for it, the penal substitution metaphor is the perfect remedy.

“We shouldn’t punish him,” one can argue quite convincingly, “because Christ has already paid the price for his sin.”

A great example of the proper use of PSA in this context can be found in the post and comments here.

Of course…PSA is hardly ever deployed in that way, is it?

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2 Responses to I am a Fan of Penal Substitution When…

  1. curtis says:

    wow, great thought. I admit I’ve never considered PSA in this light before, and now that you’ve described it, I don’t know how I never thought of it before, it just seems so… Christ-like!

    Thanks man

  2. […] Matt over at Running with the Lion has proposed a different way to frame the way we talk about PSA, and frankly, I think it’s FANTASTIC. Matt says this: I am a fan of Penal Substitution when it is used in defense of a victim. When a community singles out a particular sin and decides someone needs to suffer “consequences” for it, the penal substitution metaphor is the perfect remedy. […]

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