2 Chronicles 9:1
The entire religious world (Baptists and Papists—Charismatic and Non-charismatic—Protestants and Pentecostals—Fundamentalists and Liberals—Russellites and Campbellites—Mormons and Methodists) asserts dogmatically that “God loves all people without exception, wills the salvation of all without exception, Christ died to redeem all without exception and the Holy Spirit calls all without exception.” If these things, so commonly and so universally embraced, believed, and taught throughout the religious world, are true, here are four hard questions that must be answered.
1. If God loves everyone without exception, What does the love of God have to do with anyone’s salvation?—–Absolutely nothing!
If God loves all men alike, when you tell me that God loves me, you’ve told me nothing. The love of God is totally insignificant and absolutely meaningless.
If that is the case, then there is no distinction between God’s love for the saved and his love for the lost.—He loves people who are suffering his wrath in hell just as fully as he does those who are glorified in heaven!—Either that is the case, or God is mutable, changeable, and fickle, like man’s!
There is no power in the love of God to save and keep his own. His love really doesn’t matter.—It is nothing but a helpless, frustrated, defeated passion in the heart of poor God!
There is no comfort in the love of God.—How can anyone derive even the slightest comfort from a love that is helpless and useless? If God loves the damned, it is impossible for anyone to find comfort in his love.
And there is no motivation in the love of God.— If God’s love for me is the same as his love for Judas, Pharaoh, and Cain, why should I love, serve, and seek to honor him?—Indeed, if the difference between me and those who are damned is me, God ought to serve me! He ought to praise me!
Such notions concerning the love of God are as absurd as they are unscriptural and blasphemous. God’s love is special, distinguishing, and saving (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 9:13; 1 Cor, 4:7).
2. If the Lord God wills the salvation of all and some are not saved, as is the case, what does the will of God have to do with anyone’s salvation?—Absolutely nothing!
If that were the case, God’s will would be just as irrelevant and meaningless as yours’ or mine. But that is not the case. He declares, “I will do all my pleasure!”—“Our God is in the heavens. He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased!”—“Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the sea, and in all deep places!”
3. If the Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood for all alike, if he died to redeem and save all men and some go to hell anyway, what does the blood of Christ have to do with anyone’s salvation?—Absolutely nothing!
If, as is universally asserted, Christ died to save all men and some are not saved, then that blasphemous absurdity must follow that Christ died in vain for some, his blood was a meaningless waste, he suffered and died for nothing, his death really has nothing at all to do with anyone’s salvation!—Horrid blasphemies these are; but they are inescapable conclusions that must be made, if we entertain the notion that Christ died for the multitudes who are in hell.
If Christ died for all men without exception, if he shed his blood to save the entire human race, then the shedding of his blood must be an atonement that does not atone!—A redemption that does not redeem!—A ransom that does not ransom!—A deliverance that does not deliver!—A sin-offering that does not satisfy!—A propitiation that does not propitiate!
Thank God, our Redeemer is not such a failure, but glorious and successful! He, with his own blood, “hath obtained eternal redemption for us.”
4. If God the Holy Spirit is gracious alike to all, if he calls all alike, if his power is exercised upon all alike for the saving of their souls and some yet perish in unbelief under the wrath of God and are forever lost, what does the power, grace, and call of the Holy Spirit have to do with anyone’s salvation?—Absolutely nothing!
If the Spirit of God strives to regenerate and save all men alike, if he seeks to bring every man and woman in the world to life and faith in Christ, and some are not saved, then it must be concluded that he has no power to give life to anyone, no grace to regenerate anyone, and no ability to save anyone!
To say that God loves all people alike, that he wills the salvation of all, that Christ died to redeem and save all, and that the Holy Spirit strives to save all is to declare, “Salvation is not of the Lord at all, but rather it is the response and work of man that saves!” It is to declare, “God has done all that he can do, but salvation is altogether up to you!”
The Word of God teaches otherwise. It is written, “Salvation is of the Lord!” “So then, it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.”