Browsing All posts tagged under »atonement«

Saved by the Blood of the Lamb

July 8, 2017 by


Also published at SBC Voices By Ken Hamrick Throughout the Old Testament, a spotless animal was permitted to die in place of the sinner. Sin required death—either the death of the sinner or the death of an allowed substitute. No person in the Old Testament was qualified to be a sin sacrifice, as Jesus was, […]

Realism & Retroactive Identity in Christ

April 17, 2017 by


By Ken Hamrick John Murray’s treatment of sanctification, particularly his essay, “The Agency in Definitive Sanctification,” makes some surprising inroads toward grasping the believer’s retroactive, realistic identification with Christ.[1] He does not go as far as to acknowledge that the reality of the spiritual union of Christ in the believer brings a title to all […]

Jesus Doesn’t Fail: An Interview on Definite Atonement | Desiring God

October 18, 2014 by


It is, by far, the most contested of the Five Points. And confusion over the term makes it all the trickier. “Limited Atonement” is the middle letter in TULIP, but as author and pastor Douglas Wilson explains, that name might give the wrong impression. “The problem with ‘limited atonement’ is that it makes everybody think […]

John Piper and Definite Atonement | Part Two | SBC Today

October 10, 2014 by


Dr. David L. Allen | Dean of the School of Theology Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Definite Atonement & the Free Offer of the Gospel. Piper asserts his belief that the free offer of the gospel to all people is one of the “benefits” or “intentions” of God in the atonement (657-664). Scripture teaches the “free […]

John Piper and Definite Atonement | Part One | SBC Today

October 9, 2014 by


Dr. David L. Allen | Dean of the School of Theology Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary The final chapter in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her covers the subject of preaching and definite atonement. John Piper does the honors. This chapter is a fitting conclusion to the book as Piper attempts to show that preaching […]


May 17, 2014 by


Jesus is both the Lord of all, and the Savior of all who believe. He is not just Lord of those who believe, but he is Lord of all those who do not believe. Understanding His role as Lord as we proclaim the Gospel can help us better understand the Gospel and help make us […]

God’s Infallible Foreknowledge

March 28, 2014 by


Dear Reader, This blog post is for those Christians that believe God sees/knows the future. It assumes that you also believe that is so. Of course,all are welcome to read this and respond in any way they see fit and proper. fore·knowl·edge (fôr-nŏl′ĭj, fōr-, fôr′nŏl′-, fōr′-). n. Knowledge or awareness of something before its existence […]

Toward Theological Reconciliation: Atonement

February 8, 2014 by


by Ken Hamrick What you will find below is neither an argument for the Calvinist view nor one for the Traditionalist view of atonement. Both ends of the spectrum have been asking the wrong questions, and the best perspective transcends that old debate. By emphasizing that Christ stood in our place, the debate has perpetually turned on the […]

How Much of Christ’s Suffering and Death Did YOU Owe?

July 23, 2013 by


I owed it ALL. ALL of His blood was needed to wash away my sin alone. I cannot look to His cross and say that only one stripe on His back or only one drop of His blood was for me—He suffered my penalty and all of it was for me. So how is there […]

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 7: Unifying Propositions on Atonement

May 22, 2013 by


See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» There is much room for agreement on atonement… and misunderstandings to avoid on all sides. Libertarians (both Traditionalists and Arminians) can find unexpected common ground even with a Reformed theologian, such as Charles Hodge

Sins Alone Send a Soul to Hell

April 22, 2013 by


There is a popular misconception, taught authoritatively in pulpits across this land. It is the idea that sins do not send anyone to hell, but rather, unbelief (or, rejecting Christ) alone sends one to hell.

‘Straw Man’ Arguments of a Southern Baptist Pastor

April 5, 2013 by


This article was written by gracewriterrandy, and was posted on his blog, Truth Unchanging. I just finished reading a sermon about “Reformed Theology” by a “great Southern Baptist Preacher.”  I must confess I was amazed to see how theologically ignorant one of the most revered pastors in the Convention could be.

Limited Atonement

March 23, 2013 by


Has the Gospel been presented to all? I don’t think so, Have many died without hearing it? Yes. Does every moral agent know and violate the law of God? yes. We then see a difference between the law and the gospel.

Expanded SBC Calvinism-Arminianism Spectrum Chart

March 6, 2013 by


The chart is intended to represent the spectrum, with those doctrines that are least likely to be held by Calvinists at the top, and those least likely to be held by Traditionalists at the bottom, but with incremental steps toward the middle mapped out.

SBC Calvinism-Arminianism Spectrum Chart

February 27, 2013 by


An expanded and improved form of this chart, which includes Traditionalists, can be found HERE.

Unifying Boundaries of Atonement

February 21, 2013 by


There are certain boundaries in the idea of atonement on which all Southern Baptists can find agreement.

A Question for Calvinists: Is God Indifferent Toward the Nonelect?

September 13, 2012 by


Calvinists see the truth of the fact that it is, ultimately, God in eternity past who decides by His planning who will be saved. This in itself is a hard truth, with which I agree. But many Calvinists have arived at a false conclusion about the nature of God and the way He made His […]

The Blood that Runs Through the Body of Scripture

September 8, 2012 by


Heb. 9:22b, “…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” “No forgiveness”—none. The concept of substitutionary sacrifice for the purpose of propitiating God’s wrath against sin runs like blood throughout the body of Scripture.

David Allen sets the record straight: Limited Atonement is biblically bankrupt, theologically insipient, and ethically unpreachable by Peter Lumpkins

September 6, 2012 by


Founders Ministries put together several theological worthies to write its latest apology for strict Calvinism, Whomever He Wills   >>> Names include seasoned professors–Tom Nettles, Bruce Ware, Thomas Schriner, and Stephen Wellum–professors all at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (the majority of the contributors are affiliated with Southern). The author of the chapter on Limited Atonement, […]

A New Perspective on Atonement

August 23, 2012 by


The term atonement is an Old Testament term, kaphar, which literally means to cover, as with pitch (or, tar).