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Charles Spurgeon on "Limited Atonement"
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Posted on 12/01/2003 2:26:02 PM PST by Jean Chauvin

Christ’s Limited Atonement - Charles Spurgeon

Some persons love the doctrine of universal atonement because they say, "It is so beautiful. It is a lovely idea that Christ should have died for all men; it commends itself," they say, "to the instincts of humanity; there is something in it full of joy and beauty." I admit there is, but beauty may be often associated with falsehood. There is much which I might admire in the theory of universal redemption, but I will just show what the supposition necessarily involves. If Christ on His cross intended to save every man, then He intended to save those who were lost before He died. If the doctrine be true, that He died for all men, then He died for some who were in hell before He came into this world, for doubtless there were even then myriads there who had been cast away because of their sins.

Once again, if it was Christ’s intention to save all men, how deplorably has He been disappointed, for we have His own testimony that there is a lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, and into that pit of woe have been cast some of the very persons who, according to the theory of universal redemption, were bought with His blood. That seems to me a conception a thousand times more repulsive than any of those consequences which are said to be associated with the Calvinistic and Christian doctrine of special and particular redemption. To think that my Savior died for men who were or are in hell, seems a supposition too horrible for me to entertain. To imagine for a moment that He was the Substitute for all the sons of men, and that God, having first punished the Substitute, afterwards punished the sinners themselves, seems to conflict with all my ideas of divine justice. That Christ should offer an atonement and satisfaction for the sins of all men, and that afterwards some of those very men should be punished for the sins for which Christ had already atoned, appears to me to be the most monstrous iniquity that could ever have been imputed to Saturn, to Janus, to the goddess of the Thugs, or to the most diabolical heathen deities. God forbid that we should ever think thus of Jehovah, the just and wise and good!

There is no soul living who holds more firmly to the doctrines of grace than I do, and if any man asks me whether I am ashamed to be called a Calvinist, I answer—I wish to be called nothing but a Christian; but if you ask me, do I hold the doctrinal views which were held by John Calvin, I reply, I do in the main hold them, and rejoice to avow it. But far be it from me even to imagine that Zion contains none but Calvinistic Christians within her walls, or that there are none saved who do not hold our views. Most atrocious things have been spoken about the character and spiritual condition of John Wesley, the modern prince of Arminians. I can only say concerning him that, while I detest many of the doctrines which he preached, yet for the man himself I have a reverence second to no Wesleyan; and if there were wanted two apostles to be added to the number of the twelve, I do not believe that there could be found two men more fit to be so added than George Whitefield and John Wesley. The character of John Wesley stands beyond all imputation for self-sacrifice, zeal, holiness, and communion with God; he lived far above the ordinary level of common Christians, and was one "of whom the world was not worthy." I believe there are multitudes of men who cannot see these truths, or, at least, cannot see them in the way in which we put them, who nevertheless have received Christ as their Savior, and are as dear to the heart of the God of grace as the soundest Calvinist in or out of heaven.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Evangelical Christian; Ministry/Outreach; Theology
KEYWORDS: calvinism; predestination; spurgeon
For ctd's reading pleasure!
1 posted on 12/01/2003 2:26:02 PM PST by Jean Chauvin
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To: Jean Chauvin
snort? What? Is it Saturday already?
2 posted on 12/01/2003 2:30:15 PM PST by Gamecock
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To: connectthedots; mcg1969; CCWoody; CARepubGal; Wrigley; RnMomof7; Gamecock; Alex Murphy; drstevej; ..
Bump for Spurgeon's defense of Limited Atonement.

Jean

3 posted on 12/01/2003 2:30:28 PM PST by Jean Chauvin (Sola Scriptura---Sola Fida---Sola Gracia---Sola Christus---Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: Gamecock
That was quick!

LOL.

Jean
4 posted on 12/01/2003 2:31:20 PM PST by Jean Chauvin (Sola Scriptura---Sola Fida---Sola Gracia---Sola Christus---Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: Jean Chauvin
Calvanist Bump!
5 posted on 12/01/2003 7:08:27 PM PST by chicagolady (I stuff my turkey with refried beans)
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To: Jean Chauvin
I love the line my bible teacher says.
The question is not "why didn't He save everyone" the question is "WHY did He save Me??"
6 posted on 12/01/2003 7:10:27 PM PST by chicagolady (I stuff my turkey with refried beans)
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To: chicagolady
Amen!

Jean
7 posted on 12/01/2003 7:18:13 PM PST by Jean Chauvin (Sola Scriptura---Sola Fida---Sola Gracia---Sola Christus---Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: chicagolady
On such love, my soul, still ponder
Love so great, so rich so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
"Why, O Lord, such love to me?"
Hallelujah, Grace shall reign eternally.
-- John Kent
8 posted on 12/01/2003 8:30:27 PM PST by jude24
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To: chicagolady
A true mystery!
9 posted on 12/01/2003 9:11:40 PM PST by Gamecock (I am a wretch. I deserve none of the Grace God has poured on my sorry excuse for a soul!)
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To: Jean Chauvin
I love broadband!

;-)
10 posted on 12/01/2003 9:12:03 PM PST by Gamecock (I am a wretch. I deserve none of the Grace God has poured on my sorry excuse for a soul!)
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To: Gamecock
As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man, when only 8 souls were saved. If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear. Some try to make it seem like that God has fallen in love with sin.
11 posted on 12/02/2003 2:21:46 AM PST by tessalu
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To: jude24
Amen! Can't wait to see Mel Gibsons movie. What you wrote might be a good flyer to hand out after the show to movie goers.
12 posted on 12/02/2003 2:10:59 PM PST by chicagolady (I stuff my turkey with refried beans)
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To: Jean Chauvin
Excellent post-Spurgeon gets to the heart of the matter and cuts through a lot of today's commonly espoused "traditions." And he always appeals his case biblically and with logic. Do the members of "the religion of peace" have Christ in their hearts?
13 posted on 12/02/2003 9:05:48 PM PST by Big Bopper
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To: chicagolady
I find the Scriptural evidence to be much more convincing that the spiritual death of Jesus Christ atoned for all sins of mankind.

The elect are the only ones who claim the rewards already made for them.

The condemnation in the Lake of Fire and the Torments need not be in regards to sin (sin of unbelief might be argued) rather the destination is for those who have no works of righteousness as viewed from a Divine perspective.

This perspective I have found to be Scriptural and also provides doctrinal basis for even more significant blessings in store for us now living in that mystery Church Age.
14 posted on 12/02/2003 10:57:31 PM PST by Cvengr (0:^))
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