Thursday, November 20, 2008

Why Limited Atonement Is A False Gospel

1) Saving faith is based on Christ's death and resurrection for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3-4), and comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). That means God uses Scripture that says Christ died for you, to impart saving faith that He died for your sins.

2) Calvinists insist that no matter what the Bible says (e.g. "Christ died for sinners", "all men, especially them that believe", "not only our sins, but also the sins of the whole world", "every man", even the false teachers who "deny the Lord who bought them", etc.), it must be interpreted to mean that Christ did not die for you unless you are one of the elect.

3) Now then, since faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, what verse of Scripture convinced the Calvinist that Christ died for him? Since they read "Christ died only for the elect" into every single passage of Scripture, they have no basis for believing any verse teaches Christ died for them, unless they first arbitrarily decide they are one of the elect! That seems to be putting the cart before the ox, and faith in one's own subjective decision they must be one of the elect, before faith in Christ's death and resurrection. 

The penalty for all sin, and every sin is "death". Christ died. Therefore, the penalty for all sin has been paid. There is no partial, or finite death. Christ died, therefore He paid the penalty for all sin, period. 

The Bible says in John 12:47ff., that the gospel, not Christ, will judge those who reject His words, and believe not, because He came not to judge the world, but to save it. That means the world Christ came to save, includes those who reject and believe not His word! It just can't be any plainer than that.

Peter says the false teachers "deny the Lord who bought them" (2 Peter 2:1). Now, what is the Calvinist going to do about that? He either has to agree with the false teachers, and deny the Lord bought them, or claim the false teachers who deny the Lord who bought them, and who bring on themselves "swift destruction", were really somehow elect believers! Complete nonsense!  Yet this is the kind of reasoning the Calvinist is forced to insist upon again and again, all because it doesn't seem reasonable to him that what the Bible plainly states, could actually be the case.

The Bible says there is only one God. Yet it also teaches three distinct persons are God. The Calvinist doesn't understand that, he just accepts it by faith. In the same way, Scripture teaches Christ loved, came to save, and died for the whole world, including those who ultimately reject and believe not His word (John 12:47ff.), and including the false teachers who deny the Lord who bought them (2 Peter 2:1).  Yet it also says "Esau have I hated".  Both statements are true, whether it can be fully understood, or seems reasonable to the Calvinist or not.

Make no mistake. The Bible says it is "sin" not to believe on Christ for Salvation!  

Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  
Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;  

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

The non-elect, who fail to believe in Christ, can't be judged as guilty of failing to trust in Him for salvation, if He didn't really die for them, or salvation weren't really being offered to them in the first place.  Otherwise, God would be unjustly convicting men for failing to believe a lie!

The Calvinist will then argue that it doesn't seem reasonable to him that Christ can die to pay for all men's sins, including the sin of unbelief, then that person can go to hell. But Scripture answers where Calvinistic reasoning fails to tread.

For example, it was not enough, even for the elect, that the Passover Lamb be slain (Ex. 12:1ff.). No, the blood had to be applied to the door-post of the house, before the angel of death would pass over it! 

Likewise, even for the elect, the Bible says "you must be born again"! The elect are not born saved, but lost, even though the penalty for all their sins, including the sin of unbelief, was paid before they were even conceived! Why then do they need to have saving faith at all, and why are they not just born saved, by virtue of the fact Christ died for them? Because the value of the atonement must be applied to the door-post of a person's soul, by faith, before it becomes effective for that individual (Eph. 2:8-9). 

The non-elect perish, then, not because Christ's death failed to pay the penalty for all their sins, including unbelief, but because the value of His atonement was never applied to their account through faith!

Yes, though Christ's death paid the penalty for every man's sin, God sovereignly chose to apply the benefits of that salvation only to the souls of the elect, through faith.  Yet the limited atonement theory robs men of any objective basis for believing Christ died for their sins.

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