Friday, December 06, 2013

Findings in Arminianism


Findings in Arminianism -- December 6, 2013

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Some estimates are that over 50% of evangelical teenagers repeat their born again experience due to a lack of assurance of salvation. Do we see that kind of insecurity regarding salvation anywhere in the New Testament? Doesn't that high a level of insecurity regarding Christ's FREE gift of salvation indicate a problem with Arminian evangelical theology?

Could this be the reason why your Arminian evangelical young people are stampeding to Calvinism?

Read more: http://www.lutherwasnotbornagain.com/2013/12/open-letter-to-arminian-theologian.html

This is ridiculous, if you don't mind my frankness. How can Calvinism maintain any semblance of assurance of salvation when no one can know without a doubt if he or she is unconditionally elected of God? I've read numerous accounts of people undergoing undue stress as to whether they were actually unconditionally elected, and they were quite unsure of their salvation. Do you see that kind of insecurity regarding salvation anywhere in the New Testament? Doesn't that high level of insecurity regarding Christ's FREE gift of salvation indicate a problem with Calvinist evangelical theology?

Stampeding to Calvinism? That is a gross over-exaggeration. Let us not forget Barna's findings:

Church Size

Calvinist church attendance rose 13%.
Arminian church attendance rose 18%

Church Identity as defined by pastors

-Our church is Calvinist/Reformed
2000: 32%
2010: 31% (Statistically, this group has remained flat)

-Our church is Wesleyan/Arminian
2000: 37%
2010: 32% (Statistically this group has had more fluctuation both up and down.)

Does age of a pastor affect the percentage who consider themselves Calvinist versus Arminian?

Ages 27 to 45:
Reformed: 29%
Wesleyan/Arminian: 34%

Ages 46 to 64 -- Baby Boomers:
Reformed: 34%
Arminian: 33%

Ages 65+:
Reformed: 26%
Wesleyan: 27% (This group was more likely to eschew labels)

Geographical Location

Reformed churches: Common in the Northeast, least common in the Midwest.
Wesleyan/Arminian churches: Equally likely to appear in each of the four regions.

Types of churches

Mainline Churches (American Baptist Churches, Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America, the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and United Church of Christ):
Reformed: 29%
Wesleyan/Arminian: 47%

Non-mainline
Reformed: 35%
Arminian: 30%

Traditionally Charismatic/Pentecostal

Reformed: 31%
Arminian: 27% (This was the most surprising outcome since these churches tend to come from the holiness or Wesleyan traditions).

Churches that consider themselves doctrinally liberal

Reformed: 17% [Theological liberals statistically come more from the Reformed camp than the Arminian! We all know that the father of theological liberalism, Friedrich Schleiermacher, was a Calvinist.]
Wesleyan: 13%

Kinnaman, Barna Group President: "there is no discernable evidence from this research that there is a Reformed shift among U.S. congregation leaders. . . . Whatever momentum surrounds Reformed churches and the related leaders, events and associations has not gone much outside traditional boundaries or affected the allegiances of most of today's church leaders." (link/link)

Of course, what the Barna findings cannot produce are testimonies of people actually abandoning Calvinism: see the X-Calvinist Corner at Arminian Perspectives. The statistics of people leaving Calvinism seem to be growing, a fact which is conveniently ignored by Calvinists.

Gary left that same nonsense at my site. Looks like he is spamming all the non-Calvinist sites he can find. Its interesting because just the other day a Calvinist left a comment at another post at my site saying Calvinists "hope" they are elect. Yup, that about sums up Calvinist security/assurance.

Exactly. That would, then, render their theology a "hope-so" theology. I hear complaints about a "hope-so" belief about salvation from their circles. Ironic, eh?

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