Saviour of All Fellowship
Dear Friends in Faith,
Continuing our investigation into Whats Wrong with Universalism by biblequery.org
on the internet, they wrote: Calvinists, possibly excepting Amyraldian Calvinists, teach
that the first all in Romans 5:18 has a different scope than the second all in 5:18, and
the first many in Romans 5:19 has a different scope than the second many in 5:19. Perhaps the core tenet of hard-core Calvinism is not definitive atonement, but rather a denial
of universal atonement, that Christ did not die for everyone. Many were created with no
option to escape the flames of the Second Death.
So the writer of the argument above thinks the Calvinists are wrong to limit the atonement since the Calvinist wrongly believe that many were created with no option to escape
the flames of the Second death. Therefore the second all mankind of verse 18 and the
second many of verse 19 must be less than the first in both cases. The Arminian, however
believes that both alls and manys are equal but that all have an option as to whether or
not what Christ did will be applied to them. The idea of this option, though, destroys the
core idea Paul is driving at, namely that in verse 12 no one had the option to withstand being
constituted a sinner. So why should anyone have an option to withstand what Christ did for
them? All of humanity are neutral recipients of the outcome of what Adam and Christ did.
There is another idea sometimes taught by Calvinists, claiming that both alls in Romans 5:18 are to be understood as restricted to all those who obtain the superabundance of grace
mentioned in verse 17. The idea is that Adam brought condemnation to all elect human
beings, and Christ brings justification to all these people. This makes Pauls use of the words
all humans in verses 12 and 18 very puzzling indeed. It also indicates to us that only the
view that this passage speaks of the ultimate justification of all human beings based on the
obedience of Christ is coherent with his language.
We have sets of a dozen study papers, one sheet each, prepared a number of years ago
by the late Ray Van Dyke of Grand Rapids which we will send as a gift to those requesting
them. These do not include every study he prepared in this series (some are out of stock), but
each one is complete in itself, generally dealing with the truth that God is the Saviour of all.
Yours in His Grace,
Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser
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