> I came across this while reading James White's article on this
> subject. I like especially the bridge metaphor. That seems to nail
> the distinction down very succinctly.
> "Let there be no misunderstanding at this point. The Arminian limits
> the atonement as certainly as does the Calvinist. The Calvinist
> limits the extent of it in that he says it does not apply to all
> persons...while the Arminian limits the power of it, for he says that
> in itself it does not actually save anybody. The Calvinist limits it
> quantitatively, but not qualitatively; the Arminian limits it
> qualitatively, but not quantitatively. For the Calvinist it is like a
> narrow bridge that goes all the way across the stream; for the
> Arminian it is like a great wide bridge that goes only half-way
> across. As a matter of fact, the Arminian places more severe
> limitations on the work of Christ than does the Calvinist."
> (Lorraine Boettner, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination
> (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
> Company, 1932) p. 153.)
Yet even though Boettner said that Arminians believe that the atonement in itself does not actually save anybody, he believed that at
least some Arminians believed the true gospel! See www.outsidethecamp.org/heterodoxy24.htm .
Consider: Boettner believed that some who believe that the atonement in itself does not actually save anybody still believe the true gospel. Thus, he did not believe that the true gospel includes the doctrine that the atonement actually saves! He did not believe that the true gospel includes the doctrine Christ's death actually accomplished pardon, redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation! He did not believe that the atonement is an essential gospel doctrine! To Boettner, universal atonement was just a less consistent version of what he believed -- a difference in degree, not in kind. What does this say about Boettner? It shows that Boettner did not believe the gospel. It shows that he was just as unregenerate as the one who believes in universal atonement. See www.outsidethecamp.org/gospatone.htm .
Beware of wolves who come disguised as proclaimers of sovereign grace.
To God alone be the glory,
Marc D. Carpenter
"Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them." (Proverbs 28:4)
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