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The Two Wills of God


The Desire of God for the Salvation of the Reprobate: An Ambiguous Doctrine Refuted and the Reformed Evangelical Church Vindicated

Author: Charles L. Rodman


In "The Desire of God for the Salvation of the Reprobate," Charles L. Rodman embarks on a theological examination aimed at refuting what he perceives as an ambiguous doctrine within Reformed Evangelical theology. The crux of Rodman's argument centers on the interpretation of God's will regarding the salvation of the reprobate—individuals predestined to eternal damnation according to certain doctrinal beliefs.

Key Arguments

  • Ambiguity of Doctrine: Rodman critiques the lack of clarity in traditional interpretations, arguing that they conflict with the character of God as depicted in scripture.
  • Scriptural Analysis: Through meticulous scriptural exegesis, Rodman seeks to demonstrate that the traditional view of God desiring the salvation of the reprobate is inconsistent with biblical teachings.
  • Theological Implications: He discusses the implications of this doctrine on the understanding of God’s nature, predestination, and the efficacy of Christ's atonement.

Refutation and Vindication

Rodman employs historical, theological, and biblical analysis to argue against the doctrine's validity. He supports his thesis with evidence from Reformed confessions and theologians, aiming to vindicate the Reformed Evangelical Church from what he considers a misinterpretation of its teachings.


Rodman concludes that the doctrine of God's desire for the salvation of the reprobate, as traditionally understood, undermines the justice, sovereignty, and omniscience of God. He calls for a reevaluation of this doctrine to align with a more biblically accurate understanding of God's will and the nature of salvation.


This work is significant for scholars, theologians, and laypersons interested in the nuances of Reformed theology and the ongoing debate over predestination and God’s will. Rodman’s critique invites reflection on the complexities of divine will, justice, and grace in the Christian faith.