Common Grace, Special Grace and Universalism

Common Grace: I believe I first learned the term "Common Grace" from Presbyterian brothers who collect all the Scriptures pertaining to God's love & blessings for the common unregenerate man under this heading.

"He sends His rain on the just and the unjust..." etc.

Special Grace: And this is the term employed to refer to all those Scriptures that speak of God's love & blessings reserved strictly for those who are in Christ.

"If any man keep my sayings, my Father will love him...." etc.

Universalism: The cancerous doctrine that actively ignores the distinction between the above two.

Comments

Please consider re-examining this. There is abundant material at http://www.vincentcheung.com/2005/07/27/the-myth-of-common-grace/ The consistent Presbyterian position has long been correctly defined in the Westminster Confession. Summarizing: Creation, Providence and Grace are three different concepts; each of these considers different divine purposes as well as different subject or recipients. More specifically, grace is found only in Christ, in his atonement. The extent of his atonement has been clearly explained by John Owen in his 'Death of Death': http://www.ccel.org/ccel/owen/deathofdeath.i.i.html For the Presbyterian and Reformed, this should have been the position without complaint. Arminians have never been friends of this kind of thinking. But today, nearly all Presbyterian and Reformed denominations have bought the Common Grace idea. Everybody is entitled to their own opinions. But to claim to be P & R and to espouse Common Grace is not consistent. Common Grace confuses Providence and Grace. It causes the edifice of the Reformed doctrine of election to collapse.