Universal will destroys the sincerity of the gospel

Discussion in 'Calvinism & The Doctrines of Grace' started by MW, May 13, 2014.

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  1. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    Obadiah Sedgwick provides a graphic illustration of the insincerity involved in the Arminian notion of universal will (Bowels of Tender Mercy, 299):

    Those who insist that the well-meant offer must include a desire in God for the salvation of all men effectively change the nature of the offer and bring in an element of insincerity.
     
  2. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    Samuel Rutherford (Christ Dying and Drawing Sinners to Himself, 539) demonstrates the pastoral implications of the Arminian doctrine of universal will. If an universal desire is expressed in the gospel offer it would only undermine faith and assurance in God’s promises because there could be no certainty that such promises would be fulfilled:

    A desire in God for the salvation of all men shows itself ineffectual to save. What hope can it offer the hearer of the gospel that he shall be saved? Such an universal desire might make men feel a little better about their hopeless condition but it cannot do anything to assure them that God will save them. So Rutherford continues (539-540):

     
  3. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks for the powerful quotes Pastor Matthew. I still find it hard to believe that there are Reformed who hold to a universal salvific will.
     
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