Rapper Shai Linne on Particular Redemption / Limited Atonement

This is the best rap song on Calvin’s teaching on Particular Redemption. Thoroughly biblical point which highlight’s Jesus Christ’s work on earth to save sinners, and not merely to make it ‘possible’ to save. The lyrics are very good:

Verse 1

Here’s a controversial subject that tends to divide
For years it’s had Christians lining up on both sides
By God’s grace, I’ll address this without pride
The question concerns those for whom Christ died
Was He trying to save everybody worldwide?
Was He trying to make the entire world His Bride?
Does man’s unbelief keep the Savior’s hands tied?
Biblically, each of these must be denied
It’s true, Jesus gave up His life for His Bride
But His Bride is the elect, to whom His death is applied
If on judgment day, you see that you can’t hide
And because of your sin, God’s wrath on you abides
And hell is the place you eternally reside
That means your wrath from God hasn’t been satisfied
But we believe His mission was accomplished when He died
But how the cross relates to those in hell?
Well, they be saying:

God knows He tried (8x)

Verse 2

Father, Son and Spirit: three and yet one
Working as a unit to get things done
Our salvation began in eternity past
God certainly has to bring all His purpose to pass
A triune, eternal bond no one could ever sever
When it comes to the church, peep how they work together
The Father foreknew first, the Son came to earth
To die- the Holy Spirit gives the new birth
The Father elects them, the Son pays their debt and protects them
The Spirit is the One who resurrects them
The Father chooses them, the Son gets bruised for them
The Spirit renews them and produces fruit in them
Everybody’s not elect, the Father decides
And it’s only the elect in whom the Spirit resides
The Father and the Spirit- completely unified
But when it comes to Christ and those in hell?
Well, they be saying:

God knows He tried (8x)

Verse 3

My third and final verse- here’s the situation
Just a couple more things for your consideration
If saving everybody was why Christ came in history
With so many in hell, we’d have to say He failed miserably
So many think He only came to make it possible
Let’s follow this solution to a conclusion that’s logical
What about those who were already in the grave?
The Old Testament wicked- condemned as depraved
Did He die for them? C’mon, behave
But worst of all, you’re saying the cross by itself doesn’t save
That we must do something to give the cross its power
That means, at the end of the day, the glory’s ours
That man-centered thinking is not recommended
The cross will save all for whom it was intended
Because for the elect, God’s wrath was satisfied
But still, when it comes to those in hell
Well, they be saying:

God knows He tried (8x)

I don’t agree with the entire ‘video’, what with the depiction of the Lord and all, but the music is intriguing enough to warrant inclusion in my post.

It’s nice to see the chorus playing on the absurdity of those who do not understand Particular Redemption (also known as Limited Atonement)… they will be the one saying “God knows He tried”, which is a sad utterance on a Lord who was supposed to save, and not just ‘make it possible’.


5 thoughts on “Rapper Shai Linne on Particular Redemption / Limited Atonement

  1. Well excuse me Mr. Linne, but I think you’re confused
    And there are one or two verses which you have misused.
    It’s true – God only saves the group He’s elected
    But that doesn’t mean we’re born preselected.
    The ‘children of promise’ He’s chosen to save;
    All who seek God through works remain in the grave.
    And God truly desires all men to believe;
    His words in The Book weren’t meant to deceive.

    And the elect themselves were just like all others,
    Once children of wrath, just like their brothers.
    So even if His death was selective,
    Was the atonement He made somehow defective?
    See, the blood only protects when it’s spread on the door,
    And the rod only heals when you lift your eyes from the floor.

    Faith is not a work; it gives us no merit.
    Of itself, it’s not any credit.
    Faith alone cannot save, unless it’s in Jesus,
    His passage through death is what’s freed us.
    Faith is the bond; it’s only the tether;
    It’s the thing that ties you and Christ together.
    That’s why we can believe, even when we’re depraved,
    We can obey the gospel even when we’re enslaved.

    And here’s what I feel I must simply decry:
    You don’t even know why Christ came to die!
    You think He came to win some sort of game?
    A no-risk endeavor to garner more fame?
    There is only one reason He came down from above:
    Sheer, incomprehensible, disinterested love.
    It’s the central truth of Christianity
    That’s been flippin’ the world since 30 AD.
    And yes, when we step back and look at God’s plan,
    We admit he failed miserably to woo every man.
    But don’t you see? He knew this from the start.
    That’s what sets our God apart.
    He willing opened Himself up to rejection,
    Knowing that we would ignore His affection.
    And yes He was ‘crushed,’ and yes He cried.
    He had no dignity; He laid it aside.
    And He prayed for those who killed Him as He died.

    Now when it comes to the millions who are going to hell,
    You think God is up there saying, “Oh well”?
    Do you think he is sitting in heaven above,
    Watching only the ones He loves?
    Or perhaps he glances, from time to time, at unending throngs condemned to die,
    And says, “I could have saved them too, if I had bothered to try.”

  2. Calvinism is the most insidious heresy ever to exist. It perverts the gospel and turns a certainty into a maybe. You think you’re biblically sound but you’ve actually built your house on sinking sand.

  3. Matthew: It is not. God saving man by making their will willing is a certainty. All other conception relies on human will which is imperfect and unstable, constantly changing as their assurance. I’ll rather trust in God’s own perfect work than anything man can ‘will’ by themselves. So who is on the sinking sand? Trust in your self?

  4. Pingback: Society of Evangelical Arminians | Mission Possible: A Response to Shai Linne

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