Is “Limited Atonement” that important?

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.” (Ezekiel 36.26)

There is a growing movement of 4-point “Calvinists” (many, like Bruce Ware, reject “Limited Atonement” for reasons they back up well with Scripture; but many don’t). Most people reject Calvinism because of the doctrine of “Limited Atonement.” Most people who reject Calvinism misunderstand the doctrine of “Limited Atonement.” I get it. I understand the difficulty of initially accepting this doctrine.

BUT, I want to defend the importance of this doctrine. Do I think you have to believe this to be a Christian? MAY IT NEVER BE! Do I equate “Limited Atonement” with the gospel, or even with Calvinism? Of course not. Do I think any Christians should divide over this doctrine. Absolutely not! But do I think it is worth talking about and even defending? Yes. Truth is truth.

Just a quick word on why anyone would believe Jesus only died for certain persons, AND NOT others: Jesus actually accomplished something on the cross. And among the many, many things He died for was the new heart and the Holy Spirit that everyone in the New Covenant receives. Why does God decide to make someone alive together with Christ (Eph 2.4-5)? It is because Jesus paid for God to do that.

This doctrine is not the gospel. But it does help protect the gospel. Please do not demonize a position just because you disagree with it?


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