John Murray on common grace and the atonement

 The following are excerpts from Marc D. Carpenter's article "Common Grace?" that include heretical quotes from God-hater, John Murray.

"Reformed theologian" John Murray is often quoted in support of the "common grace" heresy. In his treatise entitled "The Atonement," Murray wrote: "It is true that many benefits accrue from the redemptive work of Christ to the non-elect in this life. ... Hence all the favors which even the reprobate receive in this life are related in one way or another to the atonement and may be said to flow from it." Stunned? Dismayed? Consider this: Why would a "Reformed theologian," in a treatise about the atonement, which is the very essence, the very heart, the very core, the very foundation, the very cornerstone, the very crux of the gospel, even mention how God's favor to the reprobate flows from the atonement? It is only to undermine, to vitiate, to destroy the very gospel he and all who hold to his views claim to proclaim. While Murray claimed out of one side of his mouth that Jesus Christ's atonement is efficacious only for the elect, he also claimed out of the other side of his mouth that benefits accrue to the reprobate from the redemptive work of Christ and that all the favors that the reprobate receive in this life flow from the atonement. That precious flow of blood from the Savior is made common by the heretic John Murray.

Murray also believed that without common grace, special grace would not exist. He believed that common grace is a precondition of special grace. In his treatise entitled "Common Grace," he wrote this: "Common grace then receives at least one explanation from the fact of special grace, and special grace has its precondition and sphere of operation in common grace. Without common grace special grace would not be possible because special grace would have no material out of which to erect its structure. It is common grace that provides not only the sphere in which, but also the material out of which, the building fitly framed together may grow up unto a holy temple in the Lord."

  
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 Murray, in "Common Grace," lauded his god's non-saving grace: "Unregenerate men receive operations and influences of the Spirit in connection with the administration of the gospel, influences that result in experience of the power and glory of the gospel, yet influences which do not issue in genuine and lasting conversion and are finally withdrawn. ... It is here that we find non-saving grace at its very apex. We cannot conceive of anything, that falls short of salvation, more exalted in its character."