My Dad On The Atonement

Jared Wright writes:

When Desmond Ford speaks, Adventists still listen. In fact speaking with people who heard Dr. Ford’s presentation, it became clear that much, if not most, of Adventism is aligned theologically with Desmond Ford where atonement is concerned. Imagine that! Adventism and Desmond Ford in agreement.

The live updates hit a slight SNAFU amid my running to and fro at Loma Linda today. Namely, my computer decided to wipe all my notes from Dr. Ford’s presentation. You know what they say about the best laid plans…

So I’m now sitting alone in the balcony of the Campus Hill Church as more crowds gather ahead of the 8:00 presentation by Dr. Ford entitled "This I believe."

Reminiscing on Dr. Ford’s presentation earlier today, what really struck me was the force with which he demands that the forensic view of atonement (that a sacraficial death was necessary and Jesus was that sacrifice on our behalf so we do not have to pay the penalty for sin).

Dr. Ford spoke eloquently and passionately with a pastor’s heart. He filled his homily with zippy one-liners:

"It doesn’t matter who you are but rather whose you are."

"You don’t have to be good to be saved, but you must be saved to be good."

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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