“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Religion has led untold millions to hell because they have declared unto the people another gospel and another Jesus. Many have a false sense of Salvation because they partially believe in the Atonement. For example, many believe in the Cross of Christ AND water baptism for Salvation. Others believe in the Cross of Christ and speaking in tongues are the only requirements for Salvation; being a member of a particular church may be a condition of their Salvation…the list goes on and on of man made doctrines added to the Cross of Christ for Salvation.
What happens in these particular instances is their faith is in the Cross of Christ for partial Atonement and their “part” (whatever it may be) for complete Atonement. No where in the Word of God does it teach that the Cross of Christ was a partial Atonement. God forbid no!
“8 For by Grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Partial belief is in fact no belief at all. Ask those who believe in the partial Atonement if they believe in the Cross of Christ and they will vehemently declare their belief. Sadly they don’t understand that their partial belief is in reality no belief at all. We either believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient unto our Salvation or we don’t.
“17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:17-18
We either believe in the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God Who took away the sins of the world for whosoever will believe and broke the power of sin for whosoever has freely chosen to believe and nothing else…or we don’t, partial belief is no belief at all.
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:2
-Donna Clark Warren