Friday, December 13, 2013

Findings in Arminianism

Findings in Arminianism -- December 13, 2013
One has to wonder if some of these on-line Calvinists are truly regenerate -- if their faith is really in Christ or in Calvinism.


I have a couple Calvinist buddies who have told me I don't know what I'm talking about when we discussed Arminianism. A seminary professor I had say in a class on Romans that Free Will Baptist believe the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with salvation. Being Free Will Baptist (at the time) I asked where I came up with that statement. He said he had heard it somewhere

A Southern Baptist professor of mine told our class that Arminius didn't believe in the inerrancy of Scripture. After class I went back to my dorm room, grabbed Volume 2 of his Works, came back and showed him 12 pages of Arminius defending the divine inspiration of Scripture. I then asked him whence he learned his error. He said he had no idea, but that he would change his notes. How many semesters had he been propagating this error? Why did no one care to check the original source(s)?

I'll tell you why I think this happens: Because Calvinists, typically, do not care whatsoever what is said in a negative sense about Arminianism. They haven't cared historically (John Owen, Augustus Toplady, Abraham Kuyper), and they do not today (J.I. Packer, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Mark Driscoll, James White -- wait, I could list far too many here, so I'll stop). Not much has changed with them over the last 400 years.


I got a kick out of your comments there. The Pribble article reminds me of Reformed on the web's comments to me. I read the first part of the Pribble post and it always makes me wonder why Calvinists seem to let Ephesians 1:4 trail off. Yes, he chose us before the foundation, but that is certainly "in Him," but not to salvation, rather to holiness. Those "in Christ" have a destiny--holiness. It really says nothing of being pre-picked to salvation. I found that hard to believe just about a year ago, but I'm thankful I wrestled through it. Here's the quote:

The Bible teaches that God elected His people in Christ before time began. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world...” (Eph. 1:4)

Then he says that Arminianism is a damnable heresy, but on a case by case basis. Either it is, or it isn't. What's with the waffling? And the first quote came from a psalter hymnal which says Arminius believed in "partial depravity?" What on earth is that? It seems ever since Dort closed its doors Calvinists have been misrepresenting what Arminius taught and what Arminians believe. Truly amazing to me.


Partial depravity -- that proves right there that some of them have never read Arminius on depravity. Ignorance is not bliss.

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