Childish pride or childlike humility. Do you know the difference? Which one marks you? Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Paul the apostle writes in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5a, and 11, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own. . . . When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
If there is no atonement for some people, then those people are not saveable. If no atonement exists for some, how is it possible that the gospel can be offered to those people for whom no atonement exists? If anyone is not saveable, he is not offerable. One cannot offer the gospel in any consistent way to someone for whom no atonement exists.
Piper argues for a “unique love of God for his elect that accounts for the unique effect of definite atonement in saving them.” He continues: “Others are not made alive. Therefore, this love is a distinguishing love. It is not given to all. It is given to sinners who are predestined for sonship.” Notice the logical fallacy in this argument. Granting for the sake of argument that we can distinguish different kinds of love (God’s saving love for the elect and general love for the non-elect), how does this support or entail definite atonement? It does not.
The injuries inflicted on Holmes give new meaning to how important believer’s baptism is by immersion. Here was a brave warrior for Christ who was willing to endure such brutality and injustice so that the cause of Christ and what He commanded us to do in the Great Commission could be advanced. We see believer’s baptism by immersion in a new light with such a story of suffering for the cause of Christ and the Baptist faith. May we be willing to go and do likewise.
This is the last article in this series, which looks at the strengths of interpreting the word “day” in Genesis chapter 1 as a normal lunar day and answers objections to this normal reading of the text. The first three considered strengths of such a reading and this final article considers some problem verses.