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      Some Thoughts on Limited Atonement and "What Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross?" by Jim McClarty

      Sunday, August 31, 2008

      Limited (or definite) atonement has to be one of the most hated and most caricatured positions of all that's taught in the systematic theology known as Calvinism. I personally believe that this is due to people not believing that they are rightly condemned before God already for not believing in Christ (John 3:18). Also, I believe that when those who oppose are believers in Christ, this is due to the fact that they don't understand that they don't deserve to believe in Christ. That last statement might sound strange at first, but think about this: Does anyone deserve grace? Is anyone saved apart from grace? If grace is therefore necessary, do our works merit us any salvation or was it Christ alone? Is grace necessary and sufficient or just necessary and not sufficient? I believe this is where the crux of the dispute is. If a person believes that they are saved because of God's grace alone, the idea that God can show mercy to whoever He wants to show mercy to (definite atonement) makes sense. If someone believes they are saved by faith plus any work whatsover whether that work be attending mass, "praying a prayer to ask Jesus into your heart", taking the lonely trip down the aisle called an altar-call, or any of a number of the other things that people think merit them salvation, I'm convinced that the concept of limited atonement will never make sense to them. How could it? If salvation does not rest solely in God's hands but rests in ours, how could someone possibly accept the fact that God doesn't have to save anyone who does whatever work it is that person believes is meritorious? Certain people even turn faith itself into a work when Scripture teaches plainly that it's a gift. (Eph. 2:8-9; Php. 1:29) I believe that the doctrine of definite atonement is a sort of litmus test to a person's humilty although it isn't a foolproof test. If a person realizes that they did nothing but sin against God their entire life, that even their righteousness was as filthy rags, and they do not deserve salvation in any sense, naturally limited atonement will make sense to them, and they'll find themselves agreeing with the doctrine.

      Many disputes arise about it because people just can't bring themselves to believe that Christ came and died with a specific purpose; that purpose being to save His sheep. They hold that Christ must have died for every single person who ever lived in existence. Perhaps the best argument I've heard against this came from the great Puritan John Owen.

      Owen put it like this:

      "The Father imposed His wrath due unto, and the Son underwent punishment for, either:

      1) All the sins of all men.
      2) All the sins of some men, or
      3) Some of the sins of all men.

      In which case it may be said:

      That if the last be true, all men have some sins to answer for, and so, none are saved.
      That if the second be true, then Christ, in their stead suffered for all the sins of all the elect in the whole world, and this is the truth.
      But if the first be the case, why are not all men free from the punishment due unto their sins?
      You answer, "Because of unbelief."

      I ask, "Is this unbelief a sin, or is it not? If it is, then Christ suffered the punishment due unto it, or He did not. If He did, why must that hinder them more than their other sins for which He died? If He did not, He did not die for all their sins!"

      (The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, Book 3, Ch. 3)


      This analysis by Owen makes perfect sense logically. If there's a sin that Jesus didn't die for on my behalf, I still have to pay for that sin. Also, if I've transgressed one law (sin) I've transgressed them all, (Jms. 2:10) If all these factors are true, how could I not stand condemned before God? The only way is if I had a substitute who kept the law perfectly in my place; so perfectly that not one jot nor tittle passed away but was fulfilled in Him. This is what Jesus did. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Rom 10:4) If He didn't come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it (as He said in Matt. 5:17) then who did He fulfill it for? On who's behalf was the law fulfilled? It was fulfilled on the behalf of everyone who has broken at least one of God's laws and is guilty of all AND who also believe on Him. The question must arise then, "Did he do this for everyone?" If so, why does the Bible speak so forthcoming about hell? Obviously He didn't substitute himself for everyone. Why are there unbelievers? It is because faith is a gift, and if faith is a gift, then God is not obligated to give everyone His gift. If he were obligated to give this saving grace to everyone, it would no longer be a gift, but a wage; a compensation for some sort of work the person did to merit saving grace. As Romans 11:6 states, though, if (salvation) is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

      I said all that to basically prime the following video. Jim McClarty is a brother who leads a Sovereign Grace fellowship in Smyrna, Tennessee. He goes further into the teaching of limited atonement, and I believe the following hour will be well worth your time. I don't think I truly had love and understanding for Christ and what He's done until I understood "that dreaded L" that so many of us have had problems with or may even still have. This video should alleviate some of those concerns.




      BONUS VIDEO:

      Jesus Christ's Limited Atonement?



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      Christless "Christianity"
      (Michael Horton)

      Saturday, August 30, 2008

      Micheal Horton summarizes what's basically wrong with the "Purpose Driven Life" and "Your Best Life Now" in about five minutes.



      This is part of a larger series Horton is releasing soon called Christless "Christianity".

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      This is the Last Announcement Post for a While...

      Friday, August 29, 2008

      I realize that lately I've had a lot more announcement posts than I have had theology posts. There has been a lot going on with my move to California and certain things have taken place that I wanted to keep you all aware of, but I think this will die down for a while now. I will get back to posting pieces with theology very soon.

      I wanted to announce that now that I'm in law school, I've made the move, and I'm settled in, finances aren't going to be an issue for me so I'm taking the donation link off the sidebar. Thanks for all of you who donated and helped make the transition easier for me. It's truly appreciated. If you'd still like to donate, I'd encourage you to use that money to help Josh Rittenhouse and his mother with the cost of her chemotherapy. I'm sure they would appreciate all the help with prayer and financial support they can get. You can read about that here:



      That's really the only announcement I had left as far as this blog goes. Hopefully the theology posts will be back soon. I have some great things from J. Gresham Machen I'd like to share.

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      Crosstalk America is Now on Youtube

      Thursday, August 28, 2008

      Crosstalk America, the Christian radio show which is heard each weekday on over 80 radio outlets across America and worldwide on the Internet, now has a Youtube channel. Not too long ago, Ingrid Schlueter asked if I knew anyone that would be interested in making videos for Crosstalk to put on Youtube. I thought of one. :)

      Crosstalk offers a rich blend of commentary on subjects such as theology, polity, and current events that affect Christians on a variety of fronts. The videos now are 10 minutes, but after the videos that are posted now receive more views, I'm going to apply for a partnership with the channel so I can post videos that are longer than that. Click the link below to subscribe to Crosstalk's Youtube channel:



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      Lane's Blog on Facebook (UPDATED: 7/20/2012)

      Tuesday, August 26, 2008

      Just a little side note:

      I put this blog on Facebook this morning after finding out about the feature. You can visit the page, confirm the blog, and/or favorite it here at this link:


      Feel free to add me as a friend if you like, too, with this link.
      Here's the Facebook page for the Apologetics Group's blog which is how I found out about this.

      UPDATE 7/20/12:  The Facebook page for all things related to the blog, Youtube channel, Rightly Divided, etc. is here:  http://www.facebook.com/LaneChYoutube

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      "If Election and Predestination Are True, Why Evangelize?"

      Monday, August 25, 2008

      "If election and predestination are true, why evangelize? I mean they're going to be saved anyway, right? Why would you witness to someone if God is going to save them anyway?"


      This question is raised more often than not by those who do not understand the Reformed position regarding evangelism. This 10 minute video from the 4 1/2 hour DVD, Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism, explains why we need to evangelize unbelievers and even those we think might be believers now.


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      This is Kind of Trivial, but May Benefit You...

      Friday, August 22, 2008

      This is kind of trivial, but it may benefit you so I decided to go ahead and write a post about it. I've been using Technorati for more than a year now because it lets me know when someone links to my site. This way I can then either link to their site, comment on a post they've written, etc. It's a very helpful tool for us bloggers. A few months ago, many of you know that I switched the domain name of this site from lanechaplin.blogspot.com to www.lanechaplin.com . With this change, Technorati basically reset so all of the sites that were linking to here before are not shown now and are basically lost if someone goes to the widget halfway down this page now to see who's linking here. What I'm asking is that if you've linked here in the past, that you check the url that's associated with your link to see if it's lanechaplin.blogspot.com or www.lanechaplin.com. If it's the blogspot address, change it to the www.lanechaplin.com address (don't forget the www. It won't work if you leave them out) and it will fix itself. The way this may benefit you is there are people who go to the Technorati link or who come from it. There are people who check that to see who's linking here, and they then visit those sites accordingly. This may help send more traffic to your site if enough people see links to their favorite sites consistently. Anyway, I thought I would share because the domain name change really did mess up the way I see who's linking here and who isn't, and I like to keep up with that stuff because usually the people who link here have some great things to say.

      If you're not signed up for Technorati and own a blog, you can do so at the link below:



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      Barack Obama and Infanticide?

      Thursday, August 21, 2008

      This report is truly disturbing.



      (Thanks to Eric Holmberg for directing me to it.)


      ...and for further reading,
      here's a wonderful post by the Dean of my law school, Don McConnell, on Obama's "expressed position" on abortion as he shared at the recent Faith Forum at Saddleback.


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      "Pop Goes the Hype!" [Granger Community Church Fesses Up...]
      (SliceCast)
      [UPDATED: 8/23/08]

      Monday, August 18, 2008

      • 47% of those attending DO NOT believe in salvation by grace.
      • 57% of those attending DO NOT believe in the authority of the Bible.
      • 56% of those attending DO NOT believe Jesus is the only way to eternal life.
      These are the statistics you would expect to find if you were to poll your local mall or baseball game, but these statistics are of a "Church"! The question must be now: "Is this even considered a Church?" If over half of the people attending there don't believe in core doctrines of Christ, how could this be a body of believers in Christ? The simple, logical, and right answer is, "It couldn't."

      Join Ingrid Schlueter and Chris Rosebrough on this edition of the SliceCast as they discuss these new results the leaders there are producing from "leading smart" as they self-profess to be doing.




      UPDATE (8/23/08): Tim Stevens, executive public relations correspondent and spin control supervisor at Granger Community Business replied to these results in this blog post. Now, I am having trouble deciding which is more shocking, the results or his response. Here's a quote from it:

      "I would much rather be in a church where 57% don't believe in the Bible than in a church where 100% of those attending do believe in the Bible. That would be awful!"


      No, Tim, it would be awful if we believed that what you have there is a church instead of the business of promoting narcissism* that it is. It's when you willingly deceive people for the idol of popularity that it affects sound judgment on other issues.

      *narcissism (n):

      1) self-admiration or self-love; a tendency to over-estimate one's abilities and importance.

      2) an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself; "self-love that shut out everyone else".

      3) a word I didn't make up.


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      I'm Out For a Bit...

      Tuesday, August 12, 2008

      I'm in the process of making the move to the OC so I'll probably be sparse on posts until about next week. Check out this great post by Phil Johnson and this great one by Doug Eaton in the meantime, though...



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      Adrian Rogers vs. James White on Calvinism
      (Radio Free Geneva)

      Sunday, August 10, 2008

      This is the second edition of Radio Free Geneva on Youtube. In this edition, Dr. James White critiques a sermon presented by Dr. Adrian Rogers that gives many of the fallacies and inconsistencies those who do not hold to the Reformed faith usually commit. These errors include believing that the word "foreknow" is a noun, taking out and changing words from Scripture like Matt. 23:37 to defend one's tradition, and thinking that unless a man's will is free, they are robots. This has been touted as very helpful by several people who have heard it because of Dr. White's refutations then explanations. The listener call-in section at around the last half hour or so is helpful, too. There was another part to this that was in a later episode of RFG. This should be posted soon.

      The original broadcast was August 31st, 2002.




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      Seeker-Sensitive Islam is Here! "Ask Muhammad Into Your Heart Today!"

      Wednesday, August 6, 2008

      One of the foremost critiques I have about the "seeker"-sensitive movement and the basic Arminian altar-call church is that an unregenerate person can do the exact same things that someone who's been "declared saved" by someone else "in authority" could do even though Romans 8:8 says that those who are in the flesh cannot please God. It's a practice that I grew up with in my Southern Baptist Church where I lived in fear for years. I spent much of that time wondering if my trip down the aisle was meritorious enough for my salvation, if I should take the trip again, and why I felt guilty for having a dislike in my heart everytime a new couple would come and "join the church" by making the trip. Are altar-calls Biblical? No. In fact, if you go before Charles Finney about 200 years ago, you'll be hard pressed to find any, but if you go against them today, you're almost deemed to be a heretic by the proponents of the measure. I can say declaratively that my relationship with God did not grow significantly better until after I realized that regardless of what my profession was, if I did not have the possession of love for Jesus and genuine faith in him, the "prayer I prayed" was merely a clanging cymbal and my "walk down the aisle" was merely that of a blind man stumbling through the dark.

      If you are a Christian, you know that people who are not are unregenerate. If you don't believe that, you're not a Christian. It's a foundational tenet of our faith. How would you feel if you saw someone involved in something besides Christianity able to do the same basic things that someone who professes to be a Christian does in order "to be saved"? Would it alarm you that someone who professes something like say Islam which believes that Jesus wasn't crucified on the Cross and that He wasn't the Son of God, was able to go through the same basic measures to "justify" their faith as our modern day evangelical? I know it would alarm me. I know this not only from thinking this through, but, now, also from seeing it first hand and experiencing it. With a prayerful heart, watch this video from James White and ask yourself if the "prayer you prayed to ask Jesus into your heart" and the "walk you made in front of everyone to get saved" could not have been done in the name of someone else say... Muhammad... and mean just as much to you this day as if you hadn't done either of the deeds at all. If you're a Christian, this video will disturb you. If you're not disturbed and are professing to be a Christian test yourself to see if you are in the faith.



      Now please watch these two videos about the "make a decision for Jesus" type of evangelism that's permeating the lands these days and ask yourself, "Could not our time witnessing be used more effectively by omitting this process and being sincere instead?"



      Does Man's Decision Control the New Birth?



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      The Emergent Church and its Self-Refuting Views

      Tuesday, August 5, 2008

      self-refuting idea (n): Self-refuting ideas are ideas or statements whose falsehood is a logical consequence of the act or situation of holding them to be true. [Wiki]

      One of the major complaints I have with the emergent church and "relativism" as a whole is that the premises they work with are almost entirely self-refuting in nature. For example, Rob Bell says in Velvet Elvis,

      I was in an intense meeting with our church leaders in which we were discussing several passages in the Bible. One of the leaders was sharing her journey in trying to understand what the Bible teaches about the issue at hand and she said something like this: “I’ve spent a great deal of time recently studying this issue. I’ve read what the people on the one side of the issue say, and I’ve read what the people on the other side say. I’ve read the scholars and the theologians and all sorts of others on this subject. But then, in the end, I decided to get back to the Bible and just take it for what it really says.”

      Now please understand that this way of thinking is prevalent in a lot of Christian churches,…but this view of the Bible is warped and toxic, to say the least… The assumption is that there is a way to read the Bible that is agenda—and perspective—free…This perspective is claiming that a person can simply read the Bible and do what it says—unaffected by any outside influences… When you hear people say they are just going to tell you what the Bible means, it is not true. They are telling you what they think it means (053, 054, emphasis his).


      Well, if it's true that "when (we) hear people say they are just going to tell (us) what the Bible means, it is not true," are we supposed to apply this to Bell, also? As Ken Silva has pointed out, he does tell us what the Bible means does he not? He's also a person so he meets both the criteria he sets out to dismiss in his quote. It's a self-refuting argument.

      Another example is when someone tells us there's no such thing as absolute truth. You then ask them, "Is that absolutely true?" Unless they're extremely dishonest, they'll then realize the futility of their argument.

      Doug Eaton (who I'm happy to say I'll be near in about 10 days or so) put together an excellent critique of the emergent church and it's self-refuting views. Take the arguments he gives seriously and question if what these emergents/relativists are promoting could actually be held as Biblical truth. Of course, if people say that there's no such thing as absolute truth, that includes the Bible. That should alarm anyone who professes to be a Christian.




      Here's another great video from CrossTV about this issue:




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      The Best News You've Ever Heard
      (Jim McClarty)

      Sunday, August 3, 2008

      (NOTE: If you're pressed for time, scroll to timestamp 8:30. That's where the message really picks up.)

      This is a message by Pastor Jim McClarty. Pastor McClarty runs the great website SalvationbyGrace.org . There he has a very thorough QandA section that deals with many questions that are brought against the Reformed faith. You can access that here. I've learned a lot from his ministry and highly recommend it. This is a message that's entitled "The Best News You Ever Heard". It is a WONDERFUL sermon that would be great to share with an unbeliever and a believer alike. I heard this several months ago and asked Pastor McClarty if I could host it here to share with you all. Of course, he was happy to oblige. I believe you will be edified if you take the time to listen to this sermon in its entirety.

      This was given at the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference last year (2007). Here's information about this year's conference.







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      (Just Sharing a Couple Great Testimonies...)

      Friday, August 1, 2008

      Here is a great testimony of a wonderful sister named Carla Rolfe. It's under six minutes and well worth the time that it takes to listen to.

      She also runs an online store that has many products like stuff from Alpha and Omega Ministries and Iron Sharpens Iron. (You might even recognize a person or two in the scrolling ad on the first page. :) )


      Also, here is Mark's testimony (aka johnMark or jM in James White's chat channel). It's a great testimony to God's grace, too, and one that I can sympathize with in many ways.


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