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Michael Gungor slams Substitutionary Atonement, Calls it “Murder” and “Evil”

Michael Gungor is a musician in the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) band, Gungor. He has been noted for denying the Genesis account (Source) and working with Rob Bell (Source). Recently, he has made statements on his Twitter attacking Penal Substitutionary Atonement, the belief that Jesus died on the cross in our place. he started out by rebuking musicians who sing about this doctrine (Which is essentially the Gospel), referring to it as, “a Father murdering his son.”

He continued to assault the Gospel, calling Substitutionary Atonement “horrific” and stating “It’s the most evil view of God that it is possible to have.”

After getting some backlash, Gungor started to throw insults to his critics, jumping to different topics that have no direct relation to that topic.

Penal Substitution can be found all throughout Scripture. 1 Peter 2:24 (ESV) says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” Similarly, Isaiah 53:4-5 (ESV) says, “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV) says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

By denying Penal Substitution, Gungor is rejecting the true Gospel and embracing another gospel, which is no gospel at all. What does the Bible say we are to do with those who bring another Gospel? Galatians 1:8 (ESV) tells us, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”

[Contributed By Brandon Hines]

Brandon Hines

Brandon is a young writer and polemicist. He contributes to Pulpit & Pen as well as runs his own website at