“My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the righteous One. He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.” I John 2:1, 2
“This is good, and it pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, a man, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself—a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.” I Timothy 2:3-6
“What then? Shall we try to put another meaning into the text than that which it fairly bears? I think not…You must, most of you, be acquainted with the general method in which our older Calvinistic friends deal with this text. ‘All me’ say they ‘that is, some men’: as if the Holy Ghost could not have said ‘some men’ if He meant some men. ‘All men,’ say they: ‘that is, some of all sorts of men; as if the Lord could not have said, ‘All sorts of men’ if He had meant that. The Holy Ghost by the apostle has written, ‘All men,’ and unquestionably he mans all men…My love of consistency with my own doctrinal views is not great enough to allow me knowingly to alter a single text of Scripture.” Charles H. Spurgeon (Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 26, pages49f)…found in Dave Hunt, What Love Is This? p. 274
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. I command you: love one another.” John 15:16, 17
“It is always important to distinguish between Divine foreknowledge and Divine predestination. God foreknows everything that every man will do; but He does not predetermine everything that every man does. Nay, that would make God the author of sin.” J. Sidlow Baxter, Explore the Book, p. 89
“Today there is growing division on this issue, most Calvinists insisting that Christ died only for the elect. On the other hand, IFCA International, a group of about 700 independent evangelical churches and 1,200 pastors (some of them Calvinists) declares in its doctrinal statement, ‘We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind…to accomplish the redemption of all who trust in him.’” Dave Hunt, op.cit., p. 19
“Yes, God was speaking to ‘Israel mine elect’ in Isaiah 45:4, but most of them did not heed His call.” Dave Hunt, op. cit., p. 103
“Debate over Calvinism continues within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). On May 31 a group of SBC leaders published a statement titled the ‘Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation,’ which expresses concern about Baptist ‘New Calvinists’ and their goal of ‘making Calvinism the central Southern Baptist position on God’s plan of salvation.’
The statement acknowledges that Calvinism, with its emphasis on predestination and God’s sovereignty, has played a role in Baptist theology for its 17th century origins, and that not all SBC Calvinists have ‘demanded the adoption of their view as the standard.’ But it suggests that some radical Calvinists are trying to force their theology on their non-Calvinist Baptist brethren.
“A number of Baptists, both Calvinists and non-Calvinists, have criticized the statement for fostering unnecessary division and unfairly representing Calvinism. Surveys indicate that a minority of SBC clergy are Calvinists but that larger numbers of young pastors promote the theology.
“Although two current SBC seminary presidents signed the document, Frank Page, the president of the SBC’s executive committee, did not, saying that the denomination needed to focus on areas of agreement.” Thomas Kidd, World magazine, June 30, 2012, p. 68
Editor’s Comment: Those leaning toward Calvinism owe themselves a thorough reading of Dave Hunt’s book What Love Is This? If you can still accept limited atonement after reading his book, then enjoy Calvinism, but please drop me a line and explain why a judgment at the end time… it would appear that everything has been decided at the frontend…