Oh, Michael, if only you knew the Savior, you wouldn’t feel it is your responsibility to save the world from evil that you’ve conjured up in your mind.
One thing is clear: the word “world” in the Bible should never be defined as the “elect;” yet this is what Calvinists try to do with texts like John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world…” Kosmos doesn’t refer in this context to the physical universe (cf. Acts 17:24) or to the system opposed to God (cf.1 John 2:15). Instead, this word refers in John 3:16 to *all* people.
It is interesting that Paul is here addressing a group of educated pagans but are still “religious folk.”
After 17 languishing months in prison, early in the month of October, 1536, Tyndale was led to the stake where he would be chained and burned.