Click HERE for Part One.
Third, the two-will concept is not explicit in Scripture; whereas, as cited by Piper, the express will for “all persons to be saved” is (1 Timothy 2:4; see also 1 Timothy 4:10; Titus 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11). Both terms thél? (1 Timothy 2:4) and boúlomai (2 Peter 3:9) are used regarding God’s express desire, will, for all to be saved. Additionally, Calvinism’s reliance upon various distinctions that may matter in Extensivist soteriological approaches are distinctions without a difference in light of Calvinism commitment to compatibilism. Continue reading
Recognizing that the simple and straightforward message of Scripture is that God loves everyone and truly desires for everyone to hear the gospel and be saved by faith in Christ leads some Calvinists like John Piper to postulate that God has a secret will in which He does not desire everyone to be saved. Continue reading
*This article was originally published at Dr. Comer’s website A Living Faith and was used by permission.
In the spring of 1986 I was a sophomore at Mississippi State University and I was excited about the things God was doing in my life. I had been appointed to serve as a Baptist Student Union Summer Missionary in Northwest Pennsylvania in the upcoming summer. But before I could begin my summer mission work, there was still much to be done at school. There were tests to take, papers to write, and duties I had to fulfill. Continue reading