C.H. Spurgeon preached the doctrine of Limited Atonement and taught that to deny this doctrine is to believe that much of Christ’s blood was shed in vain.
This is the fourth article in the series “C.H. Spurgeon on the Doctrines of Grace,” which discusses Spurgeon’s views on Calvinism as seen in his preaching and writing.
The doctrine of Limited Atonement teaches that Jesus’ death on the cross did not merely make salvation possible for those who choose to receive it, but that it made salvation definite for God’s elect.
There is nothing limited about the power of Christ’s atoning sacrifice – it is completely sufficient to save sinners. However, it is made definite only for those who God has chosen. (More on Limited Atonement)
Outside of Universalism, which falsely teaches that all will be saved, there are two options for understanding the extent of the atonement. Either Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was absolutely effective for those it was intended for (God’s elect) or it was intended for all but somehow limited in its effectiveness.