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A Defense of the Well-Meant Offer: God “Can’t Get No Satisfaction”?

Most opponents to the well-meant offer of the gospel admit that a straightforward reading of certain texts would lead to the conclusion that God desires some objectives that he hasn’t decreed (e.g., Deut 5:29). They retort, however, by insisting that … Continue reading

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A Defense of the Well-Meant Offer: Will the Real “Will of God” Please Stand Up!

We’ve noted that the doctrine of the well-meant offer of the gospel is predicated on the belief that God may desire what he doesn’t decree (Part 1). Some within the Reformed community reject such an idea as biblically unwarranted, theologically … Continue reading

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A Defense of the Well-Meant Offer: Its Logical Consistency

Having framed the question of and summarized the objections to the “well-meant offer” of the gospel, we’re prepared to defend the doctrine. And our first argument pertains to the doctrine’s logical consistency. Claiming that God desires the salvation of a non-elect … Continue reading

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A Defense of the Well-Meant Offer: The Objections Summarized

In the 1920s, a schism arose in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) over the doctrine of common grace and the free or (more precisely) well-meant offer of the gospel. Those who rejected common grace and the well-meant offer left the … Continue reading

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A Defense of the Well-Meant Offer: Framing the Question

The great English preacher C. H. Spurgeon was known for his deep passion for the lost. He is reputed to have once prayed, “Lord, hasten to bring in all Thine elect— and then elect some more.”1 If Spurgeon really prayed … Continue reading

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Does God Want Everyone to Trust and Obey?

Not long ago I posted a brief exposition of Deuteronomy 5:29, which depicts God expressing a wish for the good of sinners who in fact never experienced that good (click here). The study indirectly supports the doctrine of the well-meant … Continue reading

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Does God Desire the Saving Good of Those Who Never Believe?

Unlike you and me, when God makes a wish he has both the power and prerogative to effect its fulfilment. “Our God is in the heavens,” declares the psalmist, “he does all that he pleases” (Ps. 115:3). Nevertheless, the Sovereign … Continue reading

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