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James White, Roger Olson & 1 Timothy 2:4

, posted by postpre

In a recent blog post (10/13/2011), James White took issue with Roger Olson’s references to 1 Timothy 2:4 in his new book, Against Calvinism. How does White’s view stand up when further scrutinized?

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Exegeting 1 Timothy 2:4: God Our Savior, Who Desires All People To Be Saved

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To some Calvinists, the very mention of an Arminian exegesis of 1 Timothy 2:4, in an effort to defend the biblical notion that God desires the salvation of every individual on earth, is insulting, both logically and theologically.

As Alan Kurschner, from the Triablogue blog, stated, “Arminians start with the human-centered assumption that if God does not love all people undifferentiated, then he would be unjust to love some more than others. The Calvinist begins with the Biblical principle that because man is unworthy of grace and deserving only of death, God in his holiness, wisdom, and freedom chooses to love and elect any creature he desires.”

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Friday Files, 26 July 2019

, posted by K.W. Leslie

Happy Jesus’s Grandparents Day. Tradition has it Mary’s parents were named Joachim and Anne, though of course we’ve no idea; and what they did to merit a saint’s day we also have no idea. But…

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Romans 5:15

, posted by drwayman

Romans 5:15

This post was written by SEA member, Roy Ingle

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. Romans 5:15

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1 John 2:2 and “the World”

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1 John 2:2 and “the World”

This post was written by SEA member, Roy Ingle

Calvinists insist that the word “world” in 1 John 2:2 cannot possibly mean “the whole world” but instead they take “world” and teach that John means “Jews and Gentiles” or those from the world. They do this because to teach that “world” means “world” would deny limited atonement and they would be forced to embrace unlimited atonement which simply cannot happen otherwise the other four points of Calvinism would be in jeopardy. To see an example of a Calvinist holding firmly to 1 John 2:2 not being “world” but instead “all types from the world” see this post here.

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11 Questions on Calvinism and the Calvinist’s Worldview

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This material has been taken from the Answers in Action website (from this page: http://www.answers.org/theology/calvinism.html). Please note that the introductory paragaraph referring to the apologetic nature of the ministry refers to the ministry of Answers in Action, not SEA.

11 Questions on Calvinism & the Calvinist’s Worldview

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Why I Am an Arminian, Part 1 of 2

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The following paper is meant to be an overview of what I believe with regard to the doctrine of Divine election. The first half, contained in this post, will explain why Arminianism–the rejection of unconditional divine election of specific individuals to salvation–is so often defended only in reaction to the Calvinist position, and will attempt to make a positive, Biblical case for Arminianism, without specific reference to the Calvinist position. The second half of the paper will discuss the Calvinist critique of Arminianism and attempt to respond to that critique from the Arminian point of view. The paper as a whole is merely intended to be an overview, not an exhaustive examination of the issues that surround divine election; a close exegetical study of the Biblical passages that bear upon divine election is necessary to decide upon one position or another.

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Arminian Thoughts on 1 John 2:2

, posted by drwayman

Arminian Thoughts on 1 John 2:2 written by SEA member Roy Ingle He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John…

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Q&A on 2 Timothy 2:25, 26

, posted by Ben Henshaw

Question: I am wondering if you can provide, or point me to, an Arminian exegesis of 2 Tim. 2.25-6? This scripture is often used by Calvinists as a counter to 1 Tim. 2.3, as well as to advance the idea that God has two wills, one of universal love to mankind, another more narrow in which He controls who will and won’t repent unto salvation (the latter underscored by 2 Tim. 2.25-26). I am looking for a good Arminian analysis here.

Answer: I don’t see anything in these verses that should lead one to the conclusion that the repentance spoken of here is irresistibly “given” or “granted”, nor that this is meant to convey the idea that God arbitrarily decides to cause some to repent while denying repentance to others (which would, as you point out, contradict Paul’s statement in 1 Tim. 2:4 that God desires all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth).

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Kevin R.K. Davis, “Powerful Grace”

, posted by Martin Glynn

GRACE: GOD WILL GET HIS WAY In my dips in Calvinism, the word “grace” for me became a much more active, powerful force in the Kingdom of God. If it was inevitable, going to do…

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X-Calvinist Corner

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This page shares testimonies of people who have left Calvinism for a more Arminian theology (these can be seen below).  If you were once a Calvinist and have left Calvinism, please share your story with…

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Addressing Calvinist Responses To 2 Peter 3:9

, posted by Evan Minton

One of the most popular passages stating God’s universal salvific will (i.e that God desires every human individual to be saved) is 2 Peter 3:9. 2 Peter 3:9 states that God “is not willing that any should perish,…

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