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Limited Atonement? Not in the Bible!

Continuing in the series debunking the Calvinist "TULIP", we now come to the most absurd and easily refuted concept of them all: Limited Atonement.

Limited Atonement is the idea that Christ only died for certain people, who Calvinists call the "elect". They believe that Jesus chose individual, specific people to die for, and not the whole world like the Bible teaches.

Nobody, reading the Bible on their own, would come to the conclusion that Christ only died for certain people and everyone else is destined to Hell without any choice in the matter. There are countless verses that refute this strange claim, and I'll list a few of them down below.

The idea of a "limited atonement" is so contrary to the teaching of Scripture, and entirely absent from theological writings of the first 4 centuries after Christ that it barely requires a rebuttal. The Bible is quite clear on this topic, and provides an indisputable explanation of who Jesus died for.

"God sovereignly decreed that man should be free to exercise moral choice, and man from the beginning has fulfilled that decree by making his choice between good and evil. When he chooses to do evil, he does not thereby countervail the sovereign will of God but fulfills it, inasmuch as the eternal decree decided not which choice the man should make but that he should be free to make it. If in His absolute freedom God has willed to give man limited freedom, who is there to stay His hand or say, ‘What doest thou?’ Man’s will is free because God is sovereign. A God less than sovereign could not bestow moral freedom upon His creatures. He would be afraid to do so.” – A.W. Tozer

There's a great (in quality and length!) book you can read that exhaustively covers this topic that you can buy here: The Extent of the Atonement

1 Timothy 4:10 "For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe." This verse specifically refutes the idea of limited atonement.

2 Peter 2:1 "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." This also specifically refutes limited atonement and makes it clear that Jesus died even for people who would end up rejecting Him.

Here's a few more verses you can look up that make it clear that Jesus Christ died for the whole world:

1 John 2:2; 4:14

Romans 5:6-8

1 Timothy 2:6

John 3:16

And many more!!


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