August 14, 2005
My dear father,
You and I know that you do not have much longer to live. As God says, "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment " (Heb. 9:27). You are swiftly approaching the time when you will leave the earth and enter eternity. And because I love you very much, I must write this to you. This may be the last time you ever hear from me. I know you don't respect anything I have to say and consider me to be an extreme, unloving, proud, overbearing jerk - yet I must do this, no matter what you think of me. I must. Whether or not you listen is not my problem, although I urge you with all my being to seriously and carefully consider everything I am writing. If it were possible, I wish that you could disregard the person writing to you and just pay attention to the message. The message is way more important. I am nothing. Since God regenerated me, I have never wanted the spotlight, but because of my zeal to proclaim the truth, the spotlight has come. I am not comfortable with it, but I do realize that I bear much responsibility because of it. And as your son who loves you, I am responsible to tell you the truth. I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart, and my heart's desire and prayer to God is that you be saved (Rom. 9:2; 10:1).
If a doctor knows that a patient has a deadly disease and knows the cure, would it be loving for that doctor to tell the patient that everything is okay? No - it would be hatred. The loving thing to do would be to tell the patient that he has a deadly disease and show him the cure. If I told you that everything were okay with your soul, I would be showing hatred toward you. The reason I am telling you that your soul has a deadly disease is that I love you.
My father, you believe that it is possible that some true believers, some who have truly been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, some who truly believe the gospel, believe that Jesus died for everyone without exception. You think that a young, untaught Christian could believe such a thing. I need to show you once again how this shows that you do not believe the gospel yourself.
Please consider this: (1) You believe that some who believe universal atonement are saved. (2) You believe that all saved people believe the gospel. Thus, (3) you believe that some who believe universal atonement believe the gospel.
What does this show about your belief about the gospel? Since you believe that a person can believe the gospel and believe universal atonement at the same time, then you must believe that the gospel does not include the efficacious atonement of Jesus Christ. You have just denied the very heart of the gospel. Do you see this, Dad? PLEASE think about this!!
From what I have heard from you, you would agree that universal atonement means that Christ's death did not actually accomplish pardon, redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation. Please consider this: (1) You believe that some who believe universal atonement believe the gospel. (2) You believe that universal atonement means that Christ's death did not actually accomplish pardon, redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation. Thus, (3) you believe that some who believe that Christ's death did not actually accomplish pardon, redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation believe the gospel. Can you see this, Dad? PLEASE think about this!!
What does this now say about what you think about the gospel? You believe that the gospel is made up of certain doctrines. You also believe that some who believe that Christ's death did not actually accomplish pardon, redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation believe the gospel. Thus, you do not believe that the gospel includes the doctrine that Christ's death actually accomplished pardon, redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation. You do not believe that the gospel includes the doctrine that Christ's blood actually atoned. You deny that The Atonement (an atonement that actually atones) is part of the gospel. And in doing so, you deny the very gospel itself. You show that you are just as unregenerate as the universal atonement advocate is. Can you see this, Dad? PLEASE think about this!!
Do you see how deadly serious this is, Dad? It is a matter of life and death! Are you going to cross into eternity with the false sense of security, only to be confronted with a horrific surprise when Jesus Christ says, "I never knew you, depart from me, you worker of iniquity" (Mat. 7:23)? I am so distressed with the thought of you burning in hell for eternity! Dad, are you too proud to get on your knees and confess that you have been an unbeliever this whole time and to tell your congregation that you have been an unbeliever this whole time? Oh, yes, that would be a very humbling thing, even an embarrassing thing - but what is this compared to an eternity in hell? How small this humbling, embarrassing thing looks when you compare it to eternity! But I know that you will not do such a thing unless God causes you to do it. And if God causes you repent and believe the gospel, your everlasting habitations in heaven would not be based on your faith and repentance; they would be based on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.
My father, you are yet dead in your sins (Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13). You are bringing forth fruit unto death (Rom. 6:21; 7:5). All your deeds are dead works (Heb. 6:1; 9:14). Is it mean of me to say this? May it never be. I, too, was a lost Calvinist. I, too, was dead in my sins, bringing forth dead works and fruit unto death. I, too, believed that there were some who believed in universal atonement who were saved. I even promoted such God-haters. I am so ashamed of what I have done. Yet, glory be to God, He saved me!! He caused me to repent of my dead works, counting all of my life in my previous religion as loss and dung (Phil. 3:8). And now I cannot stop talking about Christ's blood and righteousness! And I cannot stop witnessing the truth to those who are in the same spiritual state as I was! Dad, you continue to be in the same spiritual state that I was! And if you continue in this state until your death, there is only "a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries" (Heb 10:27).
I don't know how you are going to react to this letter, but if it's like your reaction to the other letters I've written, I will be very sad. But even if you do react to this letter with indifference or indignation or just feeling sorry for your poor extremist son, I pray that the words of this letter will stay with you even to your deathbed. I pray that as you lay on your deathbed, hours or even minutes from your last breath, God will cause these words to come into your mind, cause you to see your damnable sin, and cause you to repent and believe the true gospel of salvation conditioned on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.
If you want to talk with me or correspond with me about this, I am totally willing to do this. May God use this for His glory.
Your son who cares for you,
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