Jesus did not die for everyone, say what? According to Calvinism and Christian Apologists like James White, Jesus did not die for everyone on the cross but only for the elect. This is also called particular redemption or limited atonement. In this video we examine Hebrews 2:9, James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries views, who is a Calvinist. James White believes that there are only 2 views when it comes to Jesus death on the cross. One being Universalism which Jesus died for everyone and all will be saved. The second option is Calvinism in that Jesus died only for the elect. Are only 2 views possible? Does being an Arminian automatically imply that you believe in Universalism? Is this what Arminians believe?
According to Hebrews 2:9 Jesus died and tasted death for everyone, that is what the Bible teaches. James White challenges people who are not Calvinists all the time, claiming that they are not reading the Bible in the proper context. This is not accurate, and James White is wrong here.
Does Hebrews 2:9 teach that Jesus died only for the elect, known as a particular redemption or limited atonement? This is what James White claims. Or does Hebrews 2:9 teach that Jesus died on the cross and tasted death for everyone, the world, and that the gospel message is for anyone to be saved? The context of Hebrews 2:9 demonstrates that the gospel is for anyone to be saved, but they have to choose to believe in Jesus to be saved or they will be judged in their unbelief. In Hebrews 2:2-4 and Hebrews 3:7-19 the context warns people to not harden their hearts in unbelief or they will not be saved.
The Bible is very clear that Universalism is false and heretical. In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus warns that the wide road leads to destruction and many enter into it. Jesus also warns that the narrow road leads to eternal life, but only a few find it. According to James White and Calvinism, God has predestined (chosen) all those who will be saved to receive eternal life and all those whom are not saved have been predestined (chosen) to damnation. When this is properly understood, it is clear the gospel of Calvinism is wrong.
James White is wrong by stating that there is only 2 ways to understand Hebrews 2:9. There are many other Scriptures that agree with Hebrews 2:9 such as John 3:16, John 4:42, 1 Timothy 4:10, 2 Peter 3:9, and 1 John 2:2 that teaches Jesus died for everyone. Calvinism teaches that the words everyone, the world, anyone, whosoever, many, are the predestined (chosen) elect ones whom Jesus died for on the cross. Therefore all those whom Jesus did not die for on the cross have been predestined to eternal damnation by God. This is not accurate, in fact this is false, and the context of these Scriptures refutes this.
The Bible is clear that Jesus died for anyone to be saved, the world, everyone. The context of John 3:16 is so clear that a child can understand the love of God for the world, for everyone. In John 3:14-15 we see that Jesus taught that salvation was for anyone to believe in to receive eternal life. Jesus pointed Nicodemus to the story of Moses and the bronze serpent in Numbers 21:6-9. John 3:14-16 and Numbers 21:6-9 refutes James White teachings on particular and limited atonement. Particular atonement is false, and Hebrews 2:9 in no way teaches a particular atonement or limited atonement.
Jesus reminded Nicodemus that Moses lifted up the bronze serpent and all those who looked (believed) to it were saved and did not die. In the same way Jesus taught Nicodemus that He would be lifted up on the cross and whoever (anyone, everyone, world) believes in Him will receive eternal life. This is the proper context of John 3:16, which is also taught in John 4:42, 1 Timothy 4:10, 2 Peter 3:9, and 1 John 2:2. These Scriptures refute the false teachings of Calvinism. The Bible teaches that if anyone believes in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord that they will be saved from their sins (Romans 10:9-10).
Therefore, in conclusion it is clear that Jesus died for everyone upon the cross as Hebrews 2:9 teaches, and this the true context. Sadly, those who teach Calvinism as the only option other than Universalism are wrong and are misrepresenting the Scriptures. Now to be clear, this is video and information is presented in respect, and I am in no way attacking James White or stating he is not a Christian. We have differing views on salvation and what the Scriptures teach. To be clear Christians are not Universalists just because they are not Calvinists. This is a false statement by James White and this does not accurately represent what Arminians believe about the gospel of Jesus Christ, or those who are neither full Calvinist or Arminian.
Link source for James White Hebrews 2:9 clips from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6sRlCZCWDY&t=2s
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