“When we are at our wit’s end, without resources, at a loss for a way, perplexed and desperate—that is usually when we see God begin to work. But before He does anything about our situation He wants to do something about ourselves, and that is where we begin to hedge. We want God to deal with our complication; He wants to develop our character. We want Him to change our circumstances; He wants to change us first. That is why He allowed the circumstances. We cry: ‘Hurry up, Lord!’ He says: ‘It’s your move. I won’t move until you do.’
by David L. Allen Dean, School of Theology Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ed’s. note: A careful researcher and Southern Baptist statesman, Dr. Allen does not ascribe a singular view of Christ’s atonement to all Calvinists, universally; however, his sensitive use of qualifying terms provide both clarity and distinction regarding the topic at-hand.) VII. The Problem […]
Dr. Allen continues his treatise regarding limited atonement in three brief sections: John Owen’s Problematic Revision of the Lombardian Formula; John Owen Contrasted with Calvin and the Early Reformers; and Andrew Fuller Contrasted with Abraham Booth on Sufficiency.
If Christ did not die for the sins of all people, what exactly is it unbelievers are guilty of rejecting? There is no atonement for their sins for them to reject! Unbelief of the gospel by its very definition involves rejection of God’s provision of grace through Christ’s death. The Scripture makes use of universal exhortations to believe the gospel. Limited Atonement deprives these commands of their significance.
Under the leadership of its new pastor, Tommy Turner, First Baptist Church of Paris, Texas, saw 30 people make professions of faith in a recent outreach effort that took church members beyond church walls into the surrounding community.