That is Blasphemy!

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  1. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    I have heard all my life, like you have, that "The Lord Jesus Christ died to redeem and save all people." There is no doctrine in all the world more blasphemous than that.

    To say that Christ died for all people without exception is to say that he died for multitudes for whom he refused even to pray. Read it for yourself in John 17:9 and 20. To say that he died for all without exception is to say that he died in vain for the multitudes of the damned!

    That is blasphemy!

    It is a blatant declaration that Jesus Christ is a failure! If he's a failure, he is not God and is not fit to be trusted. The Bible nowhere teaches or implies that Christ died for, redeemed, or came to save those multitudes who are at last lost in hell. Those for whom Christ died shall never die! The Son of God redeemed all whom he came to redeem; and he shall save all whom he came to save.

    L I N K

    :candle:
     
  2. Blueridge Believer

    Blueridge Believer Puritan Board Professor

    Excellent read dear brother!
     
  3. JohnOwen007

    JohnOwen007 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Don't you think that's a little too strong dear brother? I suspect there are more blasphemous doctrines than that. The problem is that when we use language that's too strong about something we're likely to cause overreactions in the opposite direction from others ... church history is strewn with such happenings.
     
  4. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    There is no more precious a truth than the giving up of the Son for his people upon the cross. To teach a doctrine other than limited atonement is in my opinion the blasphemy of blasphemies. What think thee of Christ is the test, because you cannot be right in the rest, until ye think rightly of him! :2cents:
     
  5. BobVigneault

    BobVigneault Bawberator

    Let's keep in mind that we discuss theology in different contexts here on the Board. Some love to speak of pure doctrine separated from the world of churches and experience. Some like to discuss theology from a more devotional approach, and some like to discuss how it effects the dealings with folks coming into our church.

    An argument can certainly be made that the consequences of denying particular atonement could lead to great blasphemy. In practice, the majority of pastors, teachers, laypeople, someone's mom or brother-in-law have been taught the nice fuzzy sentiment that Jesus died for everybody. They don't look for consistency in their thinking, in fact they are just parroting what they've been told.

    So yes, we can say this is the mother of all blasphemies, but I believe that what Marty is getting at is that in dealing with REAL people we may want to measure our didactic response.

    We may feel justified in screaming "Damn you to hell you blasphemous son of a whore!!!!" but we may further the true gospel by saying to our erring brother or mom, "have you thought about the consequences of that sentiment when followed to it's natural conclusion?"

    We can't keep our claws out all the time.
     
  6. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    Bob - :handshake:

    What is the purpose of our supposed "right" theology? Is our desire to be more like Christ? To be light in a dark world? I sure hope it is. The PB is an incubator of sorts. Theological thought is planted, watered and grown. It's stimulating and has lead many members to make corrections to how they view God. But when we carry our theology into our daily life, where we reach and connect with people, we need to understand that not everyone is there - wherever there is. I won't regurgitate what Bob said above. He articulated it better than I could.
     
  7. Mayflower

    Mayflower Puritan Board Junior

  8. sotzo

    sotzo Puritan Board Sophomore

    You border on works righteousness in this statement. So, how rightly does one have to be before I am made right before God. Shall I spend my life honing my Christology, hoping I pass some exam at the end of my life?

    Don't get me wrong...what we think of Christ is important (as he himself pointed out)...but if there is supposed to be a one to one correlation between my subjective understanding of who Christ is and who He really is objectively, we will all be damned.
     
  9. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    There is evidently a level of right thinking about Christ that is necessary. I don't see where your assessment is truly associated with works righteousness. I do see where your assessment may lead to an accusation that some level of gnosticism is necessary for deliverance.

    And I don't personally think that a denial of limited atonement is as blasphemous as turning the Glory of God into some carved image that looks like some creature he made.
     
  10. sotzo

    sotzo Puritan Board Sophomore

    I agree wholeheartedly with your response. What I meant by works righteousness is the weight given, in the OP and some replies, to a correct view of Christ with respect to the limit of his atonement. Those posts convey a sense of "you best not hold to unlimited atonement or you will not be saved".
     
  11. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Well, that is what some write and think. And there is a level where many of us who seek God don't get the whole picture. But as far as making a confession of TULIP necessary for the entry way into heaven, that is just out there in no man's land. It just aint so.
     
  12. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    The doctrine of limited atonement and only that doctrineteaches that Christ's death was vicarious, efficacious and satisfactory. If you hold to universal redemption then you do not believe in one of those three things and thereby demonstrate that you are not trusting in Christ's death hence you are not saved. This is not a neo-gnostic Calvinism.

    I am not saying that a person would call it "limited atonement" but if you asked someone was Christ's death vicarious, efficacious and satisfactory? and they replied in the afirmative then they are saved.
     
  13. Calvibaptist

    Calvibaptist Dallas Cowboys' #1 Fan

    So, Charles Wesley, who believed in universal atonement, was not saved?!? I may disagree with his view as being unbiblical, but I find it hard to consign him to hell for it.
     
  14. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    I Know good brothers who are semi pelagian who would affirm the vicarious, efficacious, and satisfactory work of Christ in propitiating their sin.
     
  15. elnwood

    elnwood Puritan Board Junior

    In John 17:9, Jesus is not praying specifically for the elect; he is praying for the disciples. In fact, the group he was praying for included Judas (v.12) because he is mentioned as the one in the group who has been lost. So that prayer cannot possibly mean specifically the elect.
     
  16. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member


    Well now I have another disagreement.
    Judas was never one of the Lord's. He always knew Judas was a devil.
     
  17. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    I do not share Whitefield's view :handshake:
     
  18. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    :worms:which I do not desire to get caught up in.

    God bless brother! :cheers:
     
  19. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    Hey folks, I didn't mean to start another debate thread, that wasn't my intention.

    Apologies to all.
     
  20. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    :lol: It's OK. Debates jump out in all sorts of places. I could probably post that I'm having a good day and an epistemology debate might spring up. :cheers:
     
  21. tellville

    tellville Puritan Board Junior

    How do you know that you are having a good day?
     
  22. elnwood

    elnwood Puritan Board Junior

    [BIBLE]John 17:9-12[/BIBLE]

    You are right if you read this as a passage about the elect. Yes, Judas was never part of the elect, but he was one of the disciples. I think it's pretty clear from context that Jesus is praying particularly to the disciples, and not the elect.

    Also, if John 17:9 were talking about the elect, then there would be no reason to distinguish between those in John 17:9 and those in John 17:20, which is about the elect.

    [BIBLE]John 17:20[/BIBLE]
     
  23. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    How do you *know* you are having a good day? Did you read that in Scripture? I know you are a closet Clarkian! :rofl:

    Bob:
    Can I have that as my signature?

    I agree with what the JohnOwen007 guy said. While particular atonement is a precious doctrine, heated over-statements will cause over-reactions.
     
  24. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Why is it that we will openly discuss why an Arminian can't share the table with us because they are idolators and thus outside of the Kingdom until they repent, and we browbeat those evangelists who declare people saved because of an altar call, but when George Whitfield does it with regards to what is by the aforementioned an infamous idolator, we somehow take it as nearly God-breathed? :think:
     
  25. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Because appeals to authority are awesome debate clinchers.
     
  26. jbergsing

    jbergsing Puritan Board Sophomore

    I agree with you wholeheartedly except for this statement:
    I agree that it is certainly blasphemous, however, I'm sure there are more blasphemous statements than that Jesus died for all.
     
  27. elnwood

    elnwood Puritan Board Junior

    And so is calling the opposing position the most blasphemous doctrine in all the world.
     
  28. Calvibaptist

    Calvibaptist Dallas Cowboys' #1 Fan

    Except that if you notice my comment, I did not mention Whitefield. I mentioned Wesley. I, personally, don't care if Whitefield thought Wesley was damned to hell or not. My question was whether, based on the OP, anyone who believes as Wesley did is considered a false teacher and reprobate.

    I could have just as easily asked if you consider my father, who is a Methodist minister, a reprobate, but I didn't want to get personal.
     
  29. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    If we listen carefully we will find something implicit in the statement which is blasphemous, but which is not necessarily accepted by those who deny particular redemption. Implicit in the statement is the idea that Christ's death doesn't redeem anyone. Now, anyone who states it in that explicit way must agree that it is blasphemous -- a complete undoing of the whole fabric of salvation. But the fact is, believers who deny particular redemption would not accept the implication. Therefore they are not personally speaking the blasphemy.
     
  30. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    My aunt is a Methodist superintendent :handshake:
     
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