The Death Of Meaning

Here’s the next section on “Limited Atonement” found in Boettner’s book:

“Jesus Himself limited the purpose of His death when He said, ‘I lay down my life for the sheep.’ If, therefore, He laid down His life for the sheep, the atoning character of His work was not universal. On another occasion He said to the Pharisees, ‘Ye are not my sheep;’ and again, ‘Ye are of your father the Devil.’ Will anyone maintain that He laid down His life for these, seeing that He so pointedly excludes them?” (p. 156)

Let us combine what Boettner says there above with what he says here:

“There is, then, a certain sense in which Christ died for all men, and
we do not reply to the Arminian tenet with an unqualified negative. But
what we do maintain is that the death of Christ had special reference
to the elect in that it was effectual for their salvation, and that the
effects which are produced in others are only incidental to this one
great purpose” (p. 161).

Blackguard Boettner writes that one purpose of Christ’s death “for” (i.e., in “a certain sense”) the non-elect is to produce or effect in them only incidental non-saving things. In Boettner’s doctrine of false atonement the Pharisees who have the Devil as their father and are not Christ’s sheep are NOT pointedly excluded from having Jesus lay down His life for them in another or different sense, which is that blasphemous “certain sense” that Boettner spews here:

“Arminians hold that Christ died for all men alike, while Calvinists hold that in the intention and secret plan of God Christ died for the elect only, and that His death had only an incidental reference to others in so far as they are partakers of common grace” (p. 150).

According to Boettner’s evil equivocation of Christ’s death, He is supposedly a “propitiation” in “a certain sense” on behalf of the non-elect who will endure wrath everlastingly. This “certain sense” trash is probably what gave rise to such insidious Calvinist doctrines as “common grace,” “common operations of the spirit,” and “restraining grace.” Next Page (24)

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