By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 20, 2015

  • Galatians 5:4 – Refutes the doctrine of perseverance of the saints.
  • Acts 7:54 – Refutes the doctrine of irresistible grace.
  • Limited atonement: the doctrine that Christ died to save only a limited number of people – His death was designated to save some and not others.
  • Consequences of the doctrine:
    • Denies the free will of man (Revelation 22:17)
    • Makes God a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11)
    • Makes preaching the gospel to sinners a mockery, i.e., tantalizes him with an invitation to come when he cannot come.
  • Proof texts examined:
    • Matthew 1:21 – Only “his people” would be saved. This is talking about those who would answer His call – not about a group selected by God before time began.
    • Matthew 20:28
    • John 10:11 – “the sheep” are those that decide to follow Jesus – not those who God selected before time began.
    • Acts 20:28
  • Proof of its falsity
    • Hebrews 2:9 – Jesus tasted death for everyone.
    • II Peter 3:9 – God wants all to be saved.
    • Matthew 11:28-29
    • I Timothy 2:3-4
    • Revelation 22:17
  • The Calvinists’ dilemma
    • God clearly states that He wants all to be saved, yet the doctrine of limited atonement requires that God only selected some to be saved.
  • The dilemma solved
    • The Bible does offer salvation to all.
    • But God has not ordained any individual to be saved.
    • God offers salvation to all, but has ordained that only those who accept salvation on His terms will be saved.

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