TULIP WORD GAMES

By Herb Evans




We do not consider ourselves to be either Calvinists or Arminians. We are independent Baptists. There are, indeed, many evil men in the Calvinist camp, the Arminian camp, and the camp between. One might have friends and even enemies in all of these camps, for friendship is not always based on 100% or "absolute" doctrinal agreement. (There cannot be any more pleasure in having one's back stabbed with absolute agreement than with partial agreement, or even no agreement.) Friendship with others concerns more the character, respect, attitude, and charity that they display, or exhibit, toward one another. Albeit, doctrine must play some part, at some point, in Christian fellowship and friendship. To whom they are yoked up with, to whom they share church membership, to whom they invite into their pulpits, and to whom they sit with on various platforms, is another matter. Moreover, when pressed, or challenged, in matters of doctrine, friendships must be put aside to defend and stand for scriptural truth, as one sees it. In this context, we shall consider the word games, which are used to propagate the "Limited Atonement" doctrine, the peak, the apex, or the roof of the "TULIP" hot house.


ALL

. . . Christ died for the UNGODLY (only elect ungodly?) . . . --Rom. 5:6

. . . while we were yet SINNERS (elect sinners?), Christ died for us . . . --Rom. 5:8

. . . when we were ENEMIES (elected), we were reconciled to God . . . --Rom. 5:10

. . . so death passed upon ALL men, for that ALL have sinned . . . --Rom. 5:12

. . . of one judgment came upon ALL men to condemnation . . . --Rom. 5:18

. . . the free gift came upon ALL men unto justification of life. --Rom. 5:18

. . . And if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men unto me. --John 12:32.

. . . I exhort . . . prayers . . . be made for ALL men . . . --1 Tim. 2:1

. . .Who will have ALL men to be saved . . . --1 Tim. 2:4

. . . Who gave himself a ransom for ALL . . . --1 Tim. 2:6

. . . grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to ALL men . . .--Titus 2:11

. . . who is the Saviour of ALL men, specially of those that believe. --1 Tim. 4:10

The four most hated words, in certain TULIP quarters, are "all,' "every," "world," and "whosoever." The way to bypass these Bible words is to trick folks into believing that these words mean only the "prospective elect," chosen to be saved, before the foundation of the world. The way to play this word game is to direct folks to where "all" does not mean "all" inclusively, such as Acts 19:19 or Acts 21:31, where the word "all" does not mean that every man in the world was witness to their book burning nor was every man, in Jerusalem, in an uproar. A tract ("Election," by Bob L. Ross) uses 1 Cor. 6:12 and 3 John 12 to play the game. Players, of the word game, do not hope to win the game but only to "stalemate" the opposition.

With but few exceptions, "all" always means "all" inclusively in more than eleven hundred New Testament occurrences. Eleven hundred to two, three, or four are not very good odds. Rather than a "stalemate," such a word game is a desperate but futile attempt to guard against a linguistic and contextual massacre (both in Greek or in English) Christ clearly died for "lost sinners" and "ungodly enemies, without a single exception.

If "all" such have sinned and death and judgment have passed upon "all" men, without a single exception, then the "free gift" came upon all men, without a single exception. All men are drawn to Christ, since Christ was lifted up on the cross. Many resist, ignore, or suppress such drawing to their doom. If Paul instructs Timothy, to pray for all men, not merely the "elect" men, then the grace of God hath appeared unto all men, and Christ was, indeed, a ransom for ALL men. He then is the Saviour of ALL men, specially them that believe! Of course, the above tract (ibid.) tells us that he is only a "preserver" but not a "Saviour"of those, who do not specially believe.


WORLD / WHOSOEVER

. . . God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only begotten son . . . --John 3:16

. . . WHOSOEVER believeth in him should . . . have everlasting life . . . --John 3:16

. . . The WHOLE WORLD lieth in wickedness . . . --1 John 5:19.

. . . That . . . all the WORLD may become guilty before God. --Rom. 3:19.

. . . he is the propitiation for our sins . . . for the sins of the WHOLE world. --1 John 2:2.

Another hated word, among TULIP word manipulators, is the word "world." They will take you to the place (John 12:19) where the Pharisees complain that the "world" is gone after Him, clearly an expression or overstatement. (But then, who would take the word of a Pharisee in such matters? - Calvinists!). Again, the odds are not very good, for those who do not realize that the word "world" usually means all of its people. Would these word manipulators be prepared to say that the "world" that lieth in wickedness refers to only the "elect" (1 John 5:19) or that only the "elect" should have their mouths stopped and become guilty before God (Rom. 3:19)? If not, by what linguistic mechanism do they insist that the "world" in John 3:16 refers to only the elect? Yes, Christ was the propitiation for the elect's sins, but he was also the propitiation for the sins of the WHOLE world. Word manipulators brush aside the word "whosoever," by telling their opposition that the "whosoever wills," are predestined to heaven and the "whosoever won'ts" are predestined to hell. This, of course, is meaningless sophistry, without a thus saith the Lord.


EVERY

. . . the true Light, which lighteth EVERY man that cometh into the world. --John 1:9.

. . . Jesus . . . by the grace of God should taste death for EVERY man."--Heb. 2:9

An "Election" tract (ibid.) tells us that the word "man" is not in the Greek for Hebrews 2:9, and that it means "for every thing or one" (ibid.). Unusual scholarship, for a man who could not recite the Greek alphabet and said that he did not know any Greek (April 1, 1992 in Pensacola, Florida . . . publicly)! What difference does it make? Did Jesus die for THINGS? Every man and everyone that comes into the world is lighted by the true light, Jesus Christ. Everyone and all men, are drawn to Him. (There has never been a speech or language where His voice is not heard.) Moreover, He tasted death for "every" man, every one of them. Everyone is included, none are excluded, and every man is responsible.


MANY

The gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto MANY . . . For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. --Rom. 5:15, 19.

MANY be called, but few chosen. --Matt. 20:16.

TULIP word manipulators like and find comfort in the more manipulatable word "MANY." They teach that Matthew 20:28 states that Christ gave His life a ransom for the MANY elect and that Mark 14:24 states that his blood was shed for the MANY elect, and that Matthew 20:16 refers to the FEW chosen or elect (confusing, isn't it?). If, as these opportunists claim, the "chosen few" are only the "elect," then who are the MANY "called," if MANY only means the elect? Moreover, if Romans 5:15 and 19 are taken in the context of the repeated all's of Romans 5:1-18, and the many being made righteous refers only to the "elect" and not "all" men, then did one man's disobedience make sinners of only the many "elect" and not make sinners of all men?