God’s Love and Hatred for Sinners

“For God so loved the world…” (John 3)

God’s wrath rests on all who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1)

Does God love sinners who never trust Christ? Or to put it theologically, does God’s love truly extend to the non-elect (those not chosen by God for salvation)?

Most people here know I am considered “Calvinistic,” and that means I believe in God’s sovereignty in all things, including who is saved.  Some think being Calvinistic means you don’t believe that God loves those who are not elect.  Further, they believe that as a Calvinist you cannot say to an audience, “God loves you and offers salvation.”

Not true!  Here is a link to a recent posting at Pyromaniacs (a very interesting and sometimes a bit more “in your face” than I am) that I think says it well, and can also send you to other resources that discuss this question more thoroughly.  You will discover that no less a “Calvinist” than John Calvin believed in proclaiming God’s free offer of salvation to the world–and world means “all people” in that context.

Published in: on September 22, 2008 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  

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