I believe the voluntary, sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the only condition necessary for redemption. I reject and deny the belief that Christ’s death made it possible for people to fulfill a future condition necessary for redemption. In other words, I reject and deny the belief that a person’s free will choice or that a person’s good behavior is what makes the difference between being saved and being condemned. I instead agree with Scripture that by offering His body to God at the cross as sacrifice for His people’s sins, Christ did, two-thousand years ago, redeem all the people whom God from eternity elected to save, and that God does in time bring each one of these people to faith, because Jesus Christ has redeemed them.
This means that I reject and deny the claim that Christ died for everyone.
Tullian Tchividjian is another one of these “superstar” pastors on the rise.. Today he is telling people that salvation is by grace rather than law. Yet at the same time he shows that he denies this by excluding election and the truth of definite atonement from his preaching. Understand that there is no way a man can reject salvation by law while at the same time insisting that Christ died for everyone.
If Christ died for everyone, but some people are not saved, then it is not Christ’s death that made the difference. Something else had to have made the difference. Whatever that something else is, no matter what that something else is, it is not the cross of Christ, and therefore it is a legalistic false gospel.
I will be frank. Tullian Tchividjian is a legalist! So is the Gospel Coalition! Both parties are legalists. Both parties preach you can be saved by law. Tchividjian preaches legalism by refusing to preach election and definite atonement. The Gospel Coalition preaches legalism by making law the object of one’s assurance of election and definite atonement.