On 1/28/01, I asked Joel Beeke the following question:
<<Do you believe that all who believe that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception are lost?>>
On 1/29/01, Beeke answered:
<<I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED FOR EVERYONE ARE, IN NEARLY EVERY CASE, LOST. I DO BELIEVE THAT WHEN GOD FIRST CONVERTS SOMEONE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THAT PERSON MAY HAVE SERIOUSLY ERRONEOUS VIEWS FOR A TIME, PARTICULARLY IF HE IS SITTING UNDER ERRONEOUS PASTORAL PREACHING. BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE NEW CONVERT, BEING INSTRUCTED BY WORD AND SPIRIT, WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD SUCH ERRONEOUS VIEWS FOR LONG.>>
Joel Beeke does not believe that everyone who believes that Christ died for all without exception is lost. He believes that a new convert can possibly hold such views for a period of time until he is instructed. He believes that there may be some who believe universal atonement (even for a short period of time) who are regenerate. He is wicked.
Joel Beeke and his denomination, the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation, also distribute many heretical tracts. They promote heretics like Winslow, Spurgeon, Baxter, and Boston. Here is an example of the heresy they promote:
"Our blessed Redeemer is freely offering Himself and His saving benefits to poor perishing sinners. Our compliance with and acceptance of the gospel offer are the terms of our interest in Him." (Jonathan Dickinson, in "The Marks of Saving Faith," distributed in booklet form by The Inheritance Publishers, part of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation)
This is salvation conditioned on the sinner, plain and simple.
Soli Deo Gloria,
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