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true that they rejected God’s mercy. It was theirs for the
having had they wanted it. However, they rejected Him
and God made His decrees based on that foreknowledge.
Much of the election Scripture quoted by hyper-
Calvinists is in fact written for Israel as a nation rather
than for all people everywhere.
The error of hyper-Calvinism is one that pollutes the
crystal-clear, flowing stream of God’s provision of
salvation to all who believe. It destroys churches and
closes the door to sinners for whom Jesus died and shed
His precious blood. To all Christians who are biblically
open minded, I challenge you to keep before you at all
he people who have adopted this view cling times these biblical truths:
tenaciously to the handful of verses that seem to teach 1. GOD LOVED THE WHOLE WORLD. For God so
their doctrine. However, one of the cardinal rules of
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
Bible interpretation is that you interpret the minority text
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
by the majority text. They have reversed this rule. Cults
but have everlasting life (John 3:16, emphasis added).
are born every day that ignore this rule. In the face of a
multiplicity of salvation verses, teaching whosoever will 2. JESUS DIED FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. And
he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours
and the freeness of salvation, they have made the relative
only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John
few verses to which they cling the judge of the whole.
2:2, emphasis added).
T “I fear I am not a very good Calvinist because
I pray that the Lord will save all of the elect
and then elect some more.” —Charles Spurgeon
3. GOD WANTS THE WHOLE WORLD TO BE
SAVED. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the
ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none
else” (Isaiah 45:22, emphasis added).
One should always judge the obscure by the clear. Always
judge the minority text by the majority text. The only 4. GOD WANTS THE WHOLE WORLD TO
limited grace and limited atonement is that which MAN
REPENT. That all should come to repentance (2
and RELIGIOUS LEADERS have dreamed up. Long
before I ever heard of John Calvin or Jacobus Arminius,
5. GOD DOES NOT WANT ANY PERSON TO
I believed that man was saved by GRACE ALONE
PERISH. The Lord is…not willing that any should
without works and that God’s Grace was available to
perish (2 Peter 3:9).
ALL MEN (see 1 John 2:1, 2; Ephesians 2:8, 9).
6. FAITH COMES BY HEARING. So then faith
ow, I know that some good and earnest and sincere
cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
men are hyper-Calvinists. Many of them are Bible
students and they love the Word of God. I am sure that
N I could fellowship with them on most points—with this 7. GOD WANTS ALL THE EARTH TO HEAR. “Ye
exception. Our hyper-Calvinist friends have made a
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in
wrong turn. I disagree with them in love, and in love, I
all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
say to them that the doctrine that decrees multitudes of
part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
lost men to hell as the plan of a Loving God—without
8. GOD INVITES EVERYBODY AND ANYBODY
choice—is a grave and dangerous error.
TO COME TO CHRIST. And the Spirit and the
Charles Spurgeon, the great
bride say, Come. And let him that hearth say, Come.
preacher of London, was heard to
And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will,
say, “I fear I am not a very good
let him take the water of life freely (Revelation 22:17,
Calvinist because I pray that the
emphasis added). This was God’s last invitation of
Lord will save all of the elect and
the Bible—God’s final word.
then elect some more.” 1
If these words that fell from the lips of God mean
This statement by Spurgeon anything, there is NO LIMITED ATONEMENT.
enraged the hyper-Calvinists of
his day because according to their
doctrine, there can be no “more.”
Spurgeon said, “Beloved, cling to the great truth of
electing love and divine sovereignty, but let not these
— John 3:16 —
bind you in fetters when in the power of the Holy Ghost
2 you become fishers of men.”
God So Loved the World
that Whosoever …
2 William R. Estep, “The Making of a Prophet: An Introduction to Charles Haddon Spurgeon,” Baptist History and Heritage 4 (October 1984) 6.
Eric Hayden, Searchlight on Spurgeon: Spurgeon “Speaks for Himself ” (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications, 1973) 73.