Jim Stump, Vice President of Programs at BioLogos, has laid out what is ostensibly “his personal view” of salvation and the atonement. However, according to his biography on the BioLogos official website, Mr. Stump “also writes and speaks on behalf of BioLogos.” With that introduction, let’s see what Mr. Stump and BioLogos believe and promote regarding salvation and the atonement.
“through God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit we are inspired and equipped to actually live the way of Christ. This is the method and the means of our salvation.” (this is not in the least biblical, and falls into the category of heresy) “… As I pursue the way of Christ, I am saved from the selfish, lazy, prideful person I was without Christ.” (this is a different gospel, a vastly different gospel than that which is clearly and explicitly proclaimed in Scripture. what BioLogos is teaching here is rank heresy.)
Mr, Stump goes on, “God does not send Jesus to die. God does not require Jesus’ death in order to forgive humanity’s sin. As a result, God is not motivated by retribution or righteous anger. Instead, the incarnation is motivated by love. God wanted humanity to know him in a new and robust way. God wanted to be present to humanity in the midst of its sin and isolation.” (This benign grandfatherly god that is proclaimed by Mr. Stump and BioLogos is definitely not the Thrice Holy God of the Bible!).
He goes on, “… As a demonstration of God’s immense love and compassion, God takes on flesh and bone. He becomes a vulnerable child relying on humans for his every need. He learns what it is to hunger and thirst. He experiences torture, humiliation, and isolation on the cross. In the end, Jesus experiences death. And in so doing, Christ connects to humanity in a new and powerful way. His compassion both shows us the way of our salvation (revelation) and inspires us to follow after him.” (this ties into the BioLogos view of salvation. We are saved by living a Christlike life, which, according to BioLogos, is the reason for the incarnation).
We will finish up with Mr. Stump and the BioLogos view of the crucifixion of Jesus. Mr, Stump writes, “I argue that God did not will the cross. An angry crowd, a prideful group of the religious elite, and a cowardly Roman prefect, put a perfectly innocent man to death. They willed the cross. And I believe this act is an example of sin. But God is holy, loving, and just. Thus, God cannot will or condone sin. … Christ’s death was not part of God’s divine plan. It was the tragic result of human sin.”
BioLogos believes, teaches, and promotes a false works salvation gospel, a different Jesus, and a different god.