Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Problem with Limited Atonement and Accomplishment

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 9, 2014

ppt-jpeg4The position that I have taken for some time regarding election is to focus on what I can understand about the more definitive issue of justifcation while waiting to see if that leads to more understanding of the more difficult issue of predestination. I know that the primary authority on predestination is Calvinism which holds to a completely upside down view of law and gospel, but we must be careful because a clock that doesn’t work is still right twice a day. When you throw around a lot of Bible verses, you can hit something that is right. “Election” and “predestination” are in the Bible, so we must proceed with caution.

In regard to the L in TULIP, and the many Bible passages that seem to contradict the idea that God limited salvation to the elect, Calvinists offer a logical argument:

What did Christ accomplish for the non-elect?

Did Christ die for those who would not choose him? Of course, according to Calvinism, that wouldn’t be anybody unless God intervened with the “effectual call.” Therefore, Christ only died for the elect. Many are called, but Christ only died for the chosen.

What comes into question is that of legitimate offer. The gospel couldn’t be offered to anybody unless Christ died on the cross. If the one act of Christ (Heb 10:14, Rom 5;18) made salvation a legitimate offer to everyone, particular redemption is not a necessary question. Certainly, Christ died to bring many to glory, those who believe, but does that speak directly to accomplishment for them only, or the accomplishment of legitimizing the means of being reconciled to God as well? If salvation is not a legitimate offer to everyone, how can people “neglect” it? (Heb 2:3).

More to the point, Christ came to end the law (Rom 10:4) for those who believe. Ending the law is singular; Christ’s death either sufficiently ended the law or it didn’t. Once the law is ended, that makes His death sufficient for all because where there is no law there is no sin (Rom 4:15). What Christ accomplished is the ending of the law which makes the offer of salvation legitimate and sufficient for all men. Christ therefore accomplished a legitimate offer of salvation for all men. This is why it can be neglected.

Furthermore, all sin is imputed to the law that unbelievers are under (Gal 3:19-27, Rom 6:14). It is a ministry of death and condemnation for those who don’t believe (2Cor 3:3-18). Being under it, they are storing up wrath for the day of judgment (Rom 7:5,6).

So, what Christ accomplished for those who don’t believe is definitely the wrong question. And, it is a salvation that can be neglected because it is legitimately offered to all. Christ ended the law they are enslaved to, the “law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).


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  1. paulspassingthoughts said, on April 9, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Reblogged this on Clearcreek Chapel Watch.


  2. Anonymous said, on April 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Yes, a legitimate offer to all. An offer, a legitimate offer, can be rejected. It happens all the time in real estate, employment, marriage, etc. A true legitimate offer is not forced or entered into without choice. A legitimate offer is a contract which is either agreed to or rejected.

    A degree in theology is not necessary. Chose you this day whom you will follow.


  3. A Mom said, on April 9, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Yes, it is a legitimate offer to all. Legitimate offers are contracts that are accepted or rejected in real estate, employment, marriage, etc. A legitimate offer is never forced upon someone. It is selected or rejected. You choose & are 100% responsible for your choice.

    You don’t need a theological degree. Choose you this day whom you will follow.


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