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For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
If all are dead, Christ dies for allChrist does not die for allTherefore not all were dead. Or If Christ dies for all, then all are deadAll are not deadThen Christ does not die for all-he dies for some or none.Here it is easy to see the connection between Limited Atonement and Pelagianism, that is there are some men who have no need of Christ. I know it is quite ironic and one wouldn’t expect this to be the case and I am certainly not the first to point this out.
But it had not been in Tess's power - nor is it in anybody's power - to feel the whole truth of golden opinions while it is possible to profit by them. She - and how many more - might have ironically said to God with Saint Augustine, "Thou hast counselled a better course than thou hast permitted."
Well, it's a fun polemical trick, but don't expect Calvinists to be very impressed. For this to stick, you have to first get past the rather tortuous Calvinist arguments about what "all" means (or "the world" in John 3:16).
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