Contrary to Calvinism’s doctrine on “Limited Atonement” God’s offer of grace is not just for some – but for everyone who desires to receive it, trust it and obey it. I can’t tell you how many times the Bible says this, but I can tell you it says it more than once! And for something to be true the Bible only has to say it one time (and it must be said in the proper context), but when the Bible says the same thing over and over and over it might just be a clue pointing towards the obvious.
For example, when it comes to the reality of universal atonement the Bible says:
- “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,’” Titus 2:11
- “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32
- “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9
- “Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
- “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14
- “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2
- “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who desires all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:3-6
When a person preaches “Limited Atonement” then by default they have to preach a “limited gospel.” Talk about putting the gospel in a set of man-made doctrinal handcuffs! Imagine doing a Bible study, preaching a sermon, or putting up a billboard that says, “Jesus only died for some of you.” How effective! But that’s exactly what you have to teach when your doctrine and understanding of the cross is based on Calvinism. And let me tell you something – the moment the effectiveness of the cross is limited to a certain group, it stops being a sign of hope and it becomes a sign of hopelessness, which is the exact opposite of what it was designed to be!!!
So why, why preach something that so clearly goes against the true meaning of the gospel (Romans 1:16)? Because Calvinists have to! Because the first petals of the TULIP makes them! It’s the result of the Calvinism’s unavoidable downward spiral. Let me clearly explain what I’m saying in case you haven’t gotten it by now. (more…)