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Non-Calvinists

, posted by Martin Glynn

For those who frequent my site (both of you), I am sure that you noticed that I disagree with Calvinism. Indeed I have a lot of negative things to say about Calvinism, mostly because I find much of the recent push for it to be bad for the Church in general (otherwise it would just be one of those things I disagree with but don’t say much about, like Open-theism, Mormonism or Nicolas Cage). I am not alone with my opinion on this.

However, I do want to make the point that I am not a non-Calvinist. Well, to some degree I am, in the sense that I am indeed not a Calvinist, but I don’t define my soteriology based off of my opinion of Calvinism.

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Faith is not a Work

, posted by Solus Arminius

“Now to the one who works,” writes the apostle Paul, “wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness” (Rom. 4:4-5 NIV). Q. According to the apostle Paul, for what does his subject work? A. The person, taken contextually, is attempting to work for (or earn) his or her salvation. But Paul is proclaiming that the gospel of Jesus excludes one’s works, vying instead for complete trust in the righteous merit of Christ alone. In the gospel “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith” (Rom. 1:17 NASB).

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Boasting

, posted by Martin Glynn

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Many Calvinists have attempted to argue that Arminianism falls short of this passage by making faith something to boast about. I believe this argument is based off at least one of four problems:

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Calvinism’s God is Satan and Other Such Nonsense

, posted by Solus Arminius

Evidently, Calvinists believe in another Christ, and their god is not the God of the Bible, but merely Satan, according to one anti-Calvinist preacher (link). What I find utterly bizarre about the snippet of this preacher’s sermon is that Calvinists do not deny any single passage of Scripture from which he quotes in an effort to prove his case. Calvinists may interpret those passages differently than does he, but they do not deny that Christ died for sin, etc.; their God does not differ from that of the non-Calvinist or Arminian — both Calvinists and Arminians worship the same God. Each may vary in its perspective of how God has chosen to carry out history, etc., but the God of Calvinism is the God of Arminianism, which is the God of the Bible.

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The Confession and Catechism Support Arminianism

, posted by Solus Arminius

What should occur if the Belgic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism supports not supralapsarian Calvinism but Arminius’s theology? Both works have always been viewed as Calvinistic, with the assumption that the inherent predestinatory language opposes Reformed Arminianism. In truth, even the more explicit statements regarding election unto salvation in the Confession and Catechism supports Arminius’s doctrine of election. A national synod was not called prior to Arminius’s death in 1609, so we will never know what might have been.

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The Necessity of Practical, Biblical, Systematic Theology

, posted by Solus Arminius

Noted Arminius scholar Carl Bangs writes the following regarding Arminius’s practical theology: “So Arminius finished his three orations. They were polished productions, noncontroversial, and widely applauded. He was launched on his teaching career, and the storm clouds were for the moment not visible.”1 Those storm clouds, however, were worth weathering because theology matters immensely.

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Does God Love Those Whom He Has Not Unconditionally Elected to Save?

, posted by Solus Arminius

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9 NKJV). Does God love those whom He has allegedly, according to Calvinism, not unconditionally elected unto faith and salvation? Fritz Guy writes: “If the preeminent characteristic of God is love, and if God is the source of all reality, there can be little doubt about the universal scope of God’s love. It is unthinkable that the divine love is restricted to a fortunate part of creation and that another (perhaps even larger) part is excluded [merely by a decree].”1

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Conditional Preservation of the Saints

, posted by SEA

Reputable Arminian Steve Witzki has contributed substantially to the Wikipedia article on “Conditional Preservation of the Saints,” which basically amounts to preservation and security in salvation by faith in harmony with so much of the Christian life. We are chosen by faith, justified by faith, regenerated by faith, saved by faith, sanctified by faith, and persevere by faith. Steve has helped to make the Wikipedia article an excellent source of information about this biblical doctrine.

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Letting the Dog Out and Compatibilism

, posted by Kevin Jackson

This morning I slept in. It was delightful. Unfortunately while I was sleeping in, our dog Largo was following his nature. He needed to be let outside so that he could take care of business….

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Romans 9 in Context: God’s Just Prerogative in Confounding All Confidence in the Law of Works

, posted by JC_Thibodaux

Introduction

Romans 9 is one of the most controversial and often-misinterpreted passages of scripture among evangelicals. Controversy, however, should not make us timid when it comes to the things of God. This inspired chapter is valuable for teaching doctrine, and should not be ignored or glossed over. At the same time, it should not be treated as a comprehensive statement of Christian soteriology by itself, for the chapter is not written in isolation, but is strongly rooted in the context of both Testaments, touching on concepts present in the other Pauline epistles and the gospels, and quoting from the Old Testament frequently. The goal of this writing is a sound, objective exegesis of Romans 9 to explain the principles therein, expound upon its themes, and to show where and how its teachings fit into the contexts of the rest of the book of Romans, and scripture as a whole. All quotes are from the NKJV unless otherwise specified.

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A Brief Overview of Arminian Theology (A Presentation to the SharperIron Community)

, posted by Godismyjudge

The SharperIron website (SI) recently contacted SEA regarding presenting Arminianism to the SI community. The motivation for this request is quite valid and a point not often made – many people oppose Calvinism without providing a formed view of their own thoughts on salvation. Below is a response (written by Dan Chapa of SEA) which is also posted on SI with the intent of generating discussion. (link )

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Assuming Determinism to Disprove Free Will

, posted by JC_Thibodaux

Phil Johnson of John MacArthur’s Grace to You has authored a post entitled “The Problem for Arminians”. Quoting Phil:


If God knows every detail of the future with infallible certainty, then (by definition) the outcome of all things is already determined. And if things are predetermined but God did not ordain whatsoever comes to pass, then you have two choices:

1. A higher sovereignty belongs to some being (or beings) other than God. That is idolatry.
2. Some impersonal force did the determining. That is fatalism.

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The Fallacies of Calvinist Apologetics

, posted by JC_Thibodaux

Related Fallacies:
Equivocation
Category Mistake

“[Arminianism] denies sola fide (faith alone) by changing the character of faith so that it is basically a work.” (Rev. Richard Phillips [Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals], Is Arminianism a Biblical View or Is it Heresy?)

“Nay, the doctrine of justification itself, as preached by an Arminian, is nothing but the doctrine of salvation by works, lifted up; for he always thinks faith is a work of the creature and a condition of his acceptance. It is as false to say that man is saved by faith as a work, as that he is saved by the deeds of the law” (Spurgeon, C.H., “Effects of Sound Doctrine”)

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