“Admitting, however, that the Augustinian doctrine that Christ died specially for his own people does account for the general offer of the gospel, how can it be reconciled with those passages which, in one form or another, teach that He died for all men? In answer to this question, it may be remarked in the first place that Augustinians do not deny that Christ died for all men. What they deny is that He died equally, and with the same design, for all men. He died for all, that He might arrest the immediate execution of the penalty of the law upon the whole of our apostate race; that He might secure for men the innumerable blessings attending their state on earth, which, in one important sense, is a state of probation; and that He might lay the foundation for the offer of pardon and reconciliation with God, on condition of faith and repentance” (Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, Volume 2, p. 558).
Contrary to what most lost Calvinists like Charles Hodge believed, Jesus Christ did NOT die for the reprobate in any sense and they do NOT benefit in any sense from His death. Calvinists like Charles Hodge like to chant the blasphemous mantra “sufficient for all; efficient for the elect”, “sufficient for all; efficient for the elect.” This is just the Calvinist version of universal atonement.
The death of Christ is only sufficient for those He died for. His precious blood was shed for His elect people only. Those who say that Christ’s blood benefits those (in any way, to any degree) who will end up in hell treat His precious blood as a common thing. Moreover, faith and repentance are NOT the conditions for salvation; they are IMMEDIATE and inevitable FRUITS of salvation.
True faith believes that Jesus Christ met ALL the conditions for salvation, thus guaranteeing the salvation of everyone for whom He died. Hodge does NOT believe that the death of Jesus Christ guarantees the salvation of everyone for whom He died. Thus, he does not believe that Jesus Christ met all the conditions for salvation. Charles Hodge denies that Christ is a complete and perfect Savior with his assertion of salvation conditioned on the sinner’s efforts.
If someone says that he meets conditions for his own salvation, then he denies that Christ met them all. He denies that Jesus is the Christ. Charles Hodge spoke by the spirit of the antichrist; he lied about the Person and Work of Christ:
“Who is the liar, except the one denying, saying that Jesus is not
the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one denying the Father and
the Son” (1 John 2:22).
To quote again the horrid blasphemy of Charles Hodge:
“Admitting, however, that the Augustinian doctrine that Christ died specially for his own people does account for the general offer of the gospel, how can it be reconciled with those passages which, in one form or another, teach that He died for all men? In answer to this question, it may be remarked in the first place that Augustinians do not deny that Christ died for all men. What they deny is that He died equally, and with the same design, for all men.”
This damnable heresy enunciated by Hodge implies that Jesus Christ is in “some sense” a “satisfaction” or “propitiation” for those who will remain under the wrath of God in perpetuity (contra Romans 3:25 and 1 John 2:2). And here’s further confirmation from the helpless heretic himself:
“This is what is meant when it is said, or implied in Scripture, that Christ gave Himself as a propitiation, not for our sins only, but for the sins of the whole world. He was a propitiation effectually for the sins of his people, and sufficiently for the sins of the whole world. Augustinians have no need to wrest the Scriptures. They are under no necessity of departing from their fundamental principle that it is the duty of the theologian to subordinate his theories to the Bible, and teach not what seems to him to be true or reasonable, but simply what the Bible teaches” (Charles Hodge Systematic Theology, Volume 2, pp. 558-559.
The Augustinian Charles Hodge wrests Scriptures like 1 John 2:2 to his own destruction.