Man of Tin
March 27, 2012, 11:02 am
Filed under: Unconditional Love, Universal Atonement

written by David Bishop

One of the most popular false gods today is the god of unconditional love.   The god of unconditional has a grace and love that cannot be earned, that cannot be bought, that cannot be deserved.   The god of unconditional love expresses this love and grace freely, with no conditions attached to his object’s obedience.   Although the god of unconditional love is angry with sin, and knows that everyone who sins deserves to be punished for their sins, in his mercy and grace the god of unconditional love still bids everyone to come as they are without one plea, but that his blood was shed for thee.

The god of unconditional love is not the god of the Bible.  Although his grace is conditioned upon the shedding of his blood, his grace is nevertheless impotent, pointless, unable to save anyone from anything, because there is no election to be found in it.  No predestination.  No sovereign choice.   Only a general promise and offer of love and grace for everyone.

Grace without election is no grace at all.  Grace given to everyone is grace given to no one.  What purpose does it serve for a husband to give his wife a ring if at the same time he gives a ring to every woman he knows?  If God is gracious to everyone, but will not save everyone, then His grace is impotent and of no worth.   If such were the case, then He would not be the almighty God whose death upon a cross has powerfully saved His people, but rather a weak and worthless god whose promise of grace lies as common as tin.

God only has one wife, one people, one flock in whom He delights, and loves, and has powerful saved.   And that one wife, that one people, that one flock is not everyone.

Romans 9:14-24

14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.   19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?


The Father loves the Son and shows the Son all that He, the Father, is doing (John 5:20).  By extension, the Father loves all those whom He has placed into his Son by His sovereign, electing choice made from before the foundation of the world.  He loves only them.  He is gracious only towards them.

When Billy Graham and the pope say justified by grace through faith, they do not mean what the Bible means.  They are referring to a weak, impotent, ineffective grace given to everyone and in need of everyone’s help to complete it. 

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