THE ARMINIAN LIMITATION OF THE ATONEMENT
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.
The Arminian 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 which goes ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE STREAM; for the Arminian it is like a great wide bridge which 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.
For WHOM did Christ die? We answer without hesitation, CHRIST DIED FOR “GOD’S ELECT”!
“And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save HIS people from THEIR sins [Mt. 1:21].
Christ died not simply to render sins pardonable, but “to PUT AWAY SIN by the sacrifice of Himself” [Heb. 9:26]. As to WHO’S “sin” has been “put away”, Scripture leaves us in no doubt—it was that of the elect. “For the transgressions of MY PEOPLE was He stricken [Isa. 53:8]. Again the Lord’s own words are, “I lay down My life for the SHEEP” (not the goats)! [John 10:15]
“Christ did not intend to save those He knew He would not save. If He intended to save any it was those He knew would be saved. Christ has died for them (the elect) and NOT FOR THE WORLD. It was the elect that Christ came to save. Since God eternally decreed not to save others Christ would not be engaged in a FOOL’S errand.” [Jonathan Edwards]
The Arminian’s fanciful delusion of an Unlimited Atonement is reduced to this – “IF the sinner believes, then Christ died for him; if the sinner does not believe, then Christ did not die for him; thus the sinner’s act is made the cause of its own object, as though his believing WOULD MAKE THAT TO BE WHICH OTHERWISE WAS NOT”. [A.W. Pink]
“Calvinism or the ‘Doctrines of Grace’ isn’t a produce stand from which we can pick and choose which doctrines we wish to keep and pass over the rest in a sort of hermeneutical reprobation. Calvinism is an interwoven system of theology which must be accepted or rejected as a whole. From the acceptance of one point, one is compelled by simple logic to the acceptance of all the rest. You can’t deny one without denying them all. The four-point Calvinist is as consistent as a psalm-singing atheist”. [Anonymous]
[Quoted from Loraine Boettner’s ‘Reformed Doctrine of Predestination’]