Effectual Atonement Does not Reduce the Number of the Elect Who Believe the Gospel
I read today a blog which asks Calvinists to “stick to the basics”. I checked to see what those basics were. Should we stick to saying that Jesus is the Lord who tells us what to do? Or did we need to talk about the death and resurrection of Jesus?
It turns out that this blogger thinks that “the basics” is the Arminian double-talk which says a. don’t even think about how many people Jesus died for, just know that He died for sinners. And then says b. just know that He died for you, since He loves every sinner.
So don’t think about it. Just agree with most everybody that the atonement is not only universal but also ineffectual. In other words, we are not universalists, and that means we are on the same side as the Arminians who are not universalists.
II Thess 2:9. “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all powers, signs, and lying, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that THEY MAY BE SAVED and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.”
For some, universalism or open theism are the current strong
delusions. I agree with Toplady that the strongest delusion is the “Calvinist” who speaks peace to the idolatry of ineffectual atonement.
“Stick to the basics” may sound good. But it is a terrible thing to have people name the name of Jesus Christ and think they are saved when they do not yet even know the purpose and effect of Christ’s death.
It is a very mean and intolerant thing to claim that Philip baptised the Ethiopian after explaining Isaiah 53 with no mention of effectual atonement.
“He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper His hand. He shall see the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. by His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many For he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great…
The “stick to the basics gospel” leaves out the glory of the God-man bringing to freedom to all those for whom He was punished. It teaches that justification depends not only on the travail of the Son but on the faith of some of the sinners for whom the Son was in travail.
Shame on us, the “moderates” posture, beating their chests to pose as
“doctrinal experts now”, we do “growth by transfer” but those good old Arminians they sure can make a lot of Christians with their “stick to the basics” gospel!
These same Calvinists are adamant that the “non-lordship” gospel results in lots of false converts, but they also think that the good old “gospel” preached by good old Arminians like Moody and Tozer and Wesley produced more converts to the true Christ than talking about effectual atonement.
It seems that such talk will scare off the elect! It makes you wonder what these “Calvinists” believe about election if less will be saved if some of us don’t accept the responsibility of not talking about effectual atonement.