"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."
Revelation 13 states “…everyone whose name as not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb…”
If all believer’s names have been written in the Lamb’s book of life since the foundation of the world, we have a problem – how did that happen?
Two possibilities: One, God chooses or elected some to be saved, or two, God simply looked forward in time and ratified the salvation of those who, through their own free will, chose to be believers.
In other words, did God choose you, or, did you choose God?
Before we go any further, let’s look at a current event, the election of the President of the Southern Baptist Convention happening in June of 2021.
According to an article in the WSJ, one “faction says the denomination has been drifting to the left, and the way to retain and attract members is to recommit to its conservative roots and stay politically engaged.”
Think about that. If salvation is due to “our free will,” this very well might be a potential solution to the decreasing membership of the SBC ranks – “recommit to its conservative roots.”
If however, salvation is by the will of God, none of this is relevant. God’s true church is not affected by politics, positions, economics, etc., God chooses whom He wills, when He wills, and membership stats are unrelated.
Maybe follow Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:2 “I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
How impertinent we are to think our policies and politics affect the membership numbers of God’s salvation.