The Rev Rod Thomas, of the evangelical group Reform, accused Mr John of “attacking the fundamental nature of the Gospel”. Reform, which represents about 600 clergy, opposed Mr John’s nomination as bishop in 2003.
Mr Thomas said denying the “wrathful” nature of God was an attempt to play down the importance of sin and allow a more liberal approach to sexuality.
But he answering, said to them: Well did Isaias prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
1 Corinthians 15:3
For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures:
2 1 Peter 3:18
Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit,
Christ died for us; much more therefore, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from wrath through him.
2 Corinthians 5:15
And Christ died for all; that they also who live, may not now live to themselves, but unto him who died for them, and rose again.
1 Thessalonians 5:10
Who died for us; that, whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with him.
1 John 3:5
And you know that he appeared to take away our sins, and in him there is no sin.
Who was delivered up for our sins, and rose again for our justification.
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present wicked world, according to the will of God and our Father:
1 John 2:2
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
1 John 4:10
In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins.