Interpretation, Doctrinal, Calvinism

Calvin’s Concerns – Not Enough Gift(s)?

Most of my readers know I have 5 children. Occasionally, I would come back from a work related trip and bring them a gift.

It goes without saying that I would bring 5 gifts. (And a gift for my favorite wife, of course.)

Coming in the door, at least in the early days of the family, the kids would greet me and I would ask if they wanted a little surprise.

Of course, they all responded in the positive, and they would ask to reach in my pocket to get the gift. Fun times for them and me. (Wifey got her gift a bit later!)

As they got older, one or two of the older children would consider it childish to huddle around and ask for the gift, but I always bought 5 gifts to bring home. (And a gift for my favorite wifey – don’t forget her Carl!)

The gifts represented, in a very small way, my love for each child, (and my wifey!) When I got home I would ask all the children if they wanted a gift, even as they got older. And when I brought gifts home, it was for all the kids, even if I feared that one or two of them would ignore the offer.

Should I have saved my pennies when I figgered one or two of my kids might not have wanted a gift? If so, could I offer a gift to all my kids, or at least maintain that understanding within the family?

This is the very problem a Calvinist must address when he evangelizes. How can the Calvinist offer the gift of salvation to a lost person for whom Jesus did not die? For you see, a Calvinist believes in a limited atonement, or that Jesus died only for the elect, that specific group of humans that will believe.

As believers, we don’t know who the elect are, so Calvinists may seem duplicitous in providing an invitation of salvation to one for whom Christ did NOT die for.

The following 5 minute clip addresses this question and I found it helpful. I hope you do too. Take a few moments to consider the question with Dr. Flowers.

Thanks for joining me in this series on Calvinism.

Years back I came out of this system of thought. I am grateful for the blessings of a loving God that has expressed His love lavishly, beyond human comprehension.


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