More rebuttals against verses used to counter TULIP

These are some verses which have been used to try to show that God calls everyone, and that people can reject God’s call to salvation. So let us examine each one.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 Notice that God is longsuffering (meaning patient) toward us (speaking of believers), not willing that any (speaking of believers) should perish. SO this simply means that God is putting up with us until such a time as all who will believe have all repented and turned to Christ.

John 12:32

32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

This says that Jesus will draw all men to himself. Notice, this is very different from the Father drawing people to Christ, which is seen in John 6:37, 44, 64-65. In those verses, we see that no one can come to CHrist unless that person has been granted permission by the Father, and ALL the Father gives to Christ WILL be lifted up (speaking of eternal life). However, in Joh 12:32, We see that Jesus will draw all men to him. We have to look to the fuller context of this passage, which is speaking of judgment (as seen in verse 31). So we see Jesus will draw all men to Himself for judgment – where believers will be found to be justified (so this will become the resurrection of life), but unbelievers will find this to the be resurrection of judgment (or damnation as we see in KJV) spoken of in John 5:29.

1 Timothy 4:10 –

10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

The word translated in 1 Timothy 4:10 as savior means deliverer and preserver. We know from Acts 17:24-25 that God gives all things to all people, including life. In the same way God shows common grace to all people, He has preserved all people, but he has done so in a better way for believers – he has preserved them by giving eternal life.

John 5:40

40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

This passage does not say why they will not come to Christ (which we know from John 10:26 is because they are not of His sheep).

1 Timothy 2:3-4

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Obviously this passage is not speaking of universalism. The word translated as “all” means “all sorts”, which we see in many translations of 1 Timothy 6:10. God will have all sorts of people to be saved – which is clearly seen in the prophecy of Caiaphas the high priest in John 11:50-53, where Jesus would die for the nation and to gather the children of God from the nations.

Acts 2:21

And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Both people who believe God’s call can not be resisted until death and those who believe they can resist God’s call recognize that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Acts 2:21 is descriptive. It does not say whether the person who will call upon the name of the Lord was chosen by God and had opportunity to resist the draw of God the Father until death.

These passages are not hard to show as supporting TULIP. There are some who think otherwise, but only if you ignore what other scripture say.


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