A Great Deception

One of the most popular beliefs of the day is that God loves everybody, and the very fact that it is so popular with all classes ought to be enough to arouse the suspicions of those who are subject to the Word of Truth. God’s love towards all His creatures is the favorite tenet of Universalists, Unitarians, Theosophists, Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Russellites, etc. . . . So widely has this dogma been proclaimed, and so comforting it is to the heart which is at enmity with God, we have little hope of convincing many of their error.

To tell the Christ-rejecter that God loves him is to cauterize his conscience as well as to afford him a sense of security in his sins. The fact is, the love of God is a truth for the saints only, and to present it to the enemies of God is to take the children’s bread and to cast it to the dogs.

—Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Yes, I see his concern, but the doctrine of election doesn’t seem to allow it to be so neatly black and white. Did God love me in my rebellion? Did God love Jacob even in the womb before he had done either right or wrong. Might I not inadvertently prick the conscience of a rebellious Christ-rejecter because God had chosen him before the foundations of the world? And might not God’s love be the very thing that saves him? Christ died for us while we were yet sinners and thus loved us first! Just some thoughts… Blessings!

  2. Yes, I am settled in my spirit with Petra–my sisters comment. I understand that as a society, we get brainwashed into thinking certain ways (through church and our upbringing), but as a born again child of God, I understand my Heavenly Father as a just and righteous God that says I wish that no man perrish. As long as their is breath in your body, you can allow the Holy Spirit to convict you, turn form your wicked ways and accept Jesus. Lo, I stand at the door and knock…. Lest the Spirit draw you… God had to love all,because He sent His Son for all… All have sinned and fallen short…It is true that God knows the heart and those who will reject Him, but we all have a choice and it is not for us to judge because He loves all, but hates the sin aspect of our choice. He evn loved Satan (the light bearer),but did not love his sin after his fallen angel made his choice because he fell into pride, just as Adam and Eve. But, He still loved humanity, because he came for humanity and bought us all back if we accept the attoinment. What does For God so loved the world mean? Predestined, I don’t know about this. God loved us first while we were yet sinners.

  3. What did the saint do to earn or warrant God’s love?

  4. I agree with the sisters and brother, we were loved and drawn to our Messiah while still sinners! Where is the scriptural basis for such an article. We are all deserving of death, thanks be for the grace of God. 2 Peter 3:8,9 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some would count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Just as we were loved while still sinners, we are to love and care about the lost, and desire that the Holy Spirit might touch their heart and heal them as He did us. We can never be a useful vessel for the Lord, without love for others (the lost, which was once us). Isn’t that the whole reason we are to preach the gospel to the whole world?

  5. What parent doesn’t love their child even if they are in a destructive rebellion? How much more is God capable of loving his creations even if they are in rebellion leading to destruction.

  6. Psalm 5:5 “The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.” This verse is as true and as relevant John 3:16. This is the nature of God we are talking about and sometimes the principles are hard to grasp. We need to read the Bible instead of giving our own opinion of it.

  7. When we read the Old Testament, we must read it with the cross in our hearts. No statement or verse should ever again be read as if the cross did not happen. Anytime that you read something that is Old Testament, thus Old Covenant, you should make a habit of asking yourself, “What did the cross do to change this?” To read the Old Testament any other way is to read it out of context and to make a mockery of Christ’s finished work. In essence, to read the Word without taking the cross into account is to say that the cross made no difference at all.

    • i most certainly agree that all scripture, old and new testament must be seen through the blessed cross of jesus christ; but would disagree that with asking, ‘what did the cross do to change this’ but instead, ask, ‘how are the law and prophets fulfilled by the person and work of jesus christ.’

      think not that i am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: i am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. for verily i say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-18

      if we see ourselves as anything of value or worth apart from the grace of god in the cross of jesus christ, we err and have not truly seen the cross. christ’s righteousness as a man exceeds that of every man. christ’s value and worth as a man, though he is also very god and truly god, but as a man, as the second adam, his precious worth in the sight of god should make each and every one of us repent over the best works and most sincere prayers we have offered.

      every man since adam, and that includes me, deserves the wrath of god, and the crucifixion of jesus christ wasn’t just something, it is everything. everything, for all eternity, will be seen through the precious redemption wrought in jesus christ,

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