“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:1-4; KJV; underlining mine).
“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we don’t faint. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish; in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them” (2 Corinthians 4:1-4; WEB; underlining mine).
“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles” (2 Timothy 1:8-11; underlining mine).
“Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming; even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be judged who didn’t believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12; underlining mine).
Thornwell writes (not promoting Thornwell as a true Christian):
“As in music it is the same key which pervades the tune whatever may be the variety of notes of which it is composed, so there is a general tone of mind which distinguishes all its activities, and gives harmony, consistency, and unity to its various processes in every department of thought and feeling. There is a characteristic complexion, a pervading temper, which may be found alike in the tenor of its opinions, the trains of its reasoning and the sentiments of the heart. If that temper be the love of truth the whole man will be distinguished by candour, sincerity, openness, and generosity; if the spirit of leasing [falsehood–CD], the whole man will be distinguished by duplicity, treachery, equivocation, and concealment” (James Henley Thornwell, The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, Kindle Edition; underlining mine).
In 1991 James White’s God’s Sovereign Grace was published. Chapter four is entitled, The Grace of God in Salvation. After citing 2 Timothy 1:8-12, James White writes:
“In encouraging Timothy, Paul speaks of the God who saved us, and who called us to a holy life. Why did God do this? Certainly not for anything we did! Instead, the basis of God’s saving work is ‘his own purpose and grace.’ No election based upon our actions to be found here! Paul speaks of God’s grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the very beginning of time itself! Before creation, God set His love and mercy upon us in Christ Jesus. Before we had done anything — before creation even came into existence — God chose us, and granted to us grace in His Son Jesus Christ. And we must not miss the importance of what Paul says in verse 11, for having just presented the sovereign grace of God in eternity past, he says, ‘And of this gospel I was appointed a herald….’ The truth of God’s grace is the gospel, the gospel for which Paul was willing to suffer! This is not some side-issue that can be dismissed as a ‘non-essential’! It involves the very definition of the gospel message itself” (James White, God’s Sovereign Grace, pp. 55-56; bold and italic emphasis White’s; underlining mine).
Of course for James White (and all tolerant Calvinists) the gospel of the sovereign grace of God IS a side-issue, a non-essential doctrine over which they can disagree with their Arminian brothers in Satan:
This customary, fashionable, and traditional penciling-in of essential gospel doctrines as “optional” or non-essential demonstrates NOT a love for the TRUTH, but for the LIE. James White writes AS IF he actually and quite explicitly agreed with what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:8-11.
“This is not some side-issue that can be dismissed as a ‘non-essential’! It involves the very definition of the gospel message itself.”
If someone CLAIMS to believe that essential gospel doctrine A, B, or C is ACTUALLY ESSENTIAL, while judging those who believe the false gospel of Galatians 1:8-9 their spiritual brothers, then that is the VERY ANTITHESIS of a love for and “manifestation of the truth” (2 Corinthians 4:2).