Calvinist, Erwin Lutzer, writes: “When D.L. Moody quipped, ‘The elect are the whosoever wills and the nonelect are the whosoever wont’s,’ he was right. Calvinists could not agree more. Does this mean that God has violated man’s freedom? Again, I must stress that fallen man’s freedom is one-sided, that is, he is free only to choose various shades of evil.” (The Doctrines That Divide, p.192, emphasis mine)
Lutzer adds: “I cannot emphasize enough that Calvinists agree with Arminians that whoever desires to be saved can be.” (The Doctrines That Divide, p.198, emphasis mine)
Calvinists cannot complain about being misrepresented when they help create the problem. Nevertheless the Calvinist argument is essentially that since mankind is totally depraved, no one desires to be saved, except those who receive Irresistible Grace, and thus they alone comprise the “whosoever wills.” However, Calvinists like Erwin Lutzer are missing the bigger picture, which John Goodwin explains:
John Goodwin explains: “...Suppose a great king having many sons, should express himself thus: ‘I so love my children, that whosoever of them shall be dutiful unto me; I will bestow principalities, dukedoms, or other great matters upon them.’ Should he not plainly imply a possibility, at least, that some of them might not prove dutiful unto him?” (Redemption Redeemed, p.24, emphasis mine)
The thrust of “whosoever will” is the possibility that some will and some won’t, and thus the pool from which it is drawn, namely “the world” according to John 3:16, cannot merely mean the alleged, “world of the elect,” as many Calvinists presume. In other words, Lutzer’s admission of the whosoever wills in contrast to the whosoever won’ts, effectively establishes that the corresponding “world” from which they are both drawn, must be greater than just the wills. So if the world includes the wills and the won’ts, then the world means everyone, and it is this world that God loves and sent His Son to save. Mirroring John 3:16-18, John 12:47 states: “If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”
Adrian Rogers explains: “And ‘whosoever will,’ let him take of the water of life freely. Now friend, that’s what motivates the great evangelist, and people who see churches grow: The whosoever will. Don’t take the ‘whosoever will’ out of the Bible. And don’t just give kind of a false ‘whosoever will,’ and say whosoever will may come (Oh I know they really can’t, but let’s just tell them they can). No, no, no! Whosoever will, let him freely come! God wants everybody saved. The Lord is not willing that any should perish. And if you drop into Hell, God will say, ‘Not My will but yours is being done.’” (You Can Be Sure: Romans 8:28-31, emphasis mine)
So that’s the counter-charge, in that Calvinism presents a false “whosoever will.” Moreover, the concept of “whosoever will” presumes an indiscriminate, universal offer or invitation of the Gospel, for which some will and some won’t receive it, but nonetheless presumes a larger pool of candidates, than just the alleged, world of the elect, as argued by Calvinists. In other words, if you have a larger pool of candidates for the invitation than just the whosoever-wills, there must necessarily be an Unlimited Atonement to support the universal offer for all of the invitees, which doesn’t work with 5-Point Calvinism and its associated doctrine of a Limited Atonement.