Universal Atonement—The Arminian False Gospel

October 6, 2019

The Arminian doctrine of universal atonement is a superstitious and vitiated dogma. According to this autosoteric, semi-pelagian worldview, Christ died for each and every person that has ever lived in the world. Can the doctrine of universal atonement be proven in Scripture? Absolutely not! 


The Arminian Christus pro omnibus notion is unbiblical. Christ never said that He gave His life for everyone—head for head or soul for soul—in the entire world. In John 10, Jesus unambiguously noted who are His, and who are not. Christ said that He gave “His life for the sheep” (vs. 11, emphasis mine), and he told certain Jews: “But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you” (vs. 26, emphasis mine). 


Notwithstanding John 10 (vs. 11, 26), Arminians, who loathe God’s free grace, imprudently maintain that Christ has indeed died for all without exception. Instead of following the Savior who undoubtedly preached particular redemption (John 10:11), Arminians trust in their fictitious, universal atonement gospel. 


Arminians have perpetuated the universal atonement lie for a very long time. If Elijah was disputatious with the false prophets of Baal who served another god, Christians should likewise contend with Arminian false teachers who worship their semi-pelagian god that has no ability to deliver anyone from the power of sin, the curse of the law, and the thralldom of Satan. 


The implications of universal atonement are devastating. This hypothetical and heretical position has never saved one soul from Hell. Thus, here are a few reasons why the Arminian Jesus should be rejected and denounced: 


The Arminian Jesus died for all, but was unable to save everyone. How can this atonement be good news? On the contrary, the doctrine of universal atonement is bad news because this hypothetical notion only makes men savable, redeemable and reconcilable. 


The Arminian Jesus said that he died for everyone, but failed to purchase everyone’s salvation. If this pretended savior allegedly died for all, but could not procure salvation for all, then his blood was not powerful enough to deliver everyone from their sins. 


The Arminian Jesus was a propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. If propitiation means to placate or appease the wrath of God, how could this Arminian Jesus have been the propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the whole world if his Father’s wrath will be kindled hot against many in Hell? It is self refuting for Arminians to argue that Christ exhausted His Father’s wrath for the sins of the world, when 2 Thess. 1:7-8 states: 


“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (emphasis mine).


The Arminian God loves everyone in the entire world. If this were true, then God’s love would never fail since the Bible teaches that nothing can “separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39). But according to Scripture, many people will be separated from God’s love when he casts them into outer darkness where the “worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44). 


In summary, the Arminian Jesus is a counterfeit savior that was cultivated by semi-pelagians who have replaced the Lord’s free grace with their false gospel. Therefore, how long will Arminians go limping around between two opinions? They need to either worship the true Jesus who died for only the elect, or they will continue to worship the false Arminian Jesus who constantly fails to fulfill his promises, and has no power to deliver anyone from the ineffable justice of God. The so called Arminian Jesus is not the Savior; on the contrary, he is Satan. 


The false gospel of universal atonement is heresy, whereas the true gospel of particular redemption is truth. Only the true gospel saves! God loved and chose the elect, and Christ died for all of the elect that His Father had given to Him. Thus all of the elect are guaranteed salvation, redemption, reconciliation, the gift of saving faith and repentance, and the righteousness of Christ imputed to their accounts. Hallelujaah, what a Savior!


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