15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
1 Corinthians 8:
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
These verses suggest the possibility of someone “for whom Christ died” (i.e. whose sins were atoned for), to “perish,” be “destroyed,” or be damned. The obvious implication is that a universal Atonement does not necessitate a universal salvation, redemption, or election.
2 Peter 3:
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise [of his second coming], as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
This verse speaks of the unbelievers in the last days who will mock the faithful for their belief in the Second Coming of the Lord, and of the judgement to come. The “any” and “all” relates to all of mankind, not just to the “elect” or the “predestined,” as the “Reformed” theologians would have us believe. And if that verse puts a large nail in its coffin, this one finally buries it:
1 John 2:
9 That [Jesus] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
And in the book of Doctrine and Covenants the Lord has clarified it further as follows:
46 And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.
47 And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father.
48 And the Father teacheth him of the covenant which he has renewed and confirmed upon you, which is confirmed upon you for your sakes, and not for your sakes only, but for the sake of the whole world.
That knocks the wind out of the sail of the “Reformed” theology of predestination, unconditional election, and limited atonement. At this point in the discussion DA Carson enters the fray, and adds the following comment to what RC Sproul had said (emphasis added):
Revised January 26, 2018.