A Former Arminian at Peace

SHARE THIS POST:

For most of my life I was an Arminian Christian. I wrote and taught Arminian theology for many years. But I was not merely an Arminian, I was passionately against Calvinism. No one wrote against Calvinism with more passion than I did. I even prayed against Calvinism. I think it would be accurate to say Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

False Prophets & False Believers Among Us

SHARE THIS POST:

Introduction In the passage below, Jesus warns us about “false prophets” (false teachers). They’re either deceivers or are totally deceived themselves. This also applies to false believers, those who believe and practice what false prophets teach (Lu 6:43-45). He tells us to “watch out.” Jesus gives us this warning and instruction because it’s important that Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

Arminian CE vs. Calvinist CE (OT Pattern) — [4 of 4]

SHARE THIS POST:

  Four, Arminian Corporate Election (CE) falls short in its understanding of the connection between Old Testament Israel and New Testament Israel, which results in an erroneous position on CE.   First let me say that I am a strong proponent of Fulfillment Theology, which is a central teaching of Covenant Theology and New Covenant Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

Arminian CE vs. Calvinist CE (Christ as the Group) — [3 of 4]

SHARE THIS POST:

  Three, Arminian Corporate Election (CE) has the erroneous idea that Christ Himself is the group.   In close association with the previous flaw (part 2), Arminian CE teaches that Jesus is essentially the group Himself — as the corporate Head of the group. But this cannot be, since the group is the Church, and Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

Arminian CE vs. Calvinist CE (Christ’s Twofold Election) — [2 of 4]

SHARE THIS POST:

  Two: Arminian Corporate Election (CE) fails to factor-in the two-fold election of Christ, which disallows the idea that we can share in His election.   Arminian CE describes election in a manner that only takes in one aspect of Christ’s election. While it acknowledges that Jesus was chosen to be both the Corporate Head Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

Arminian CE vs. Calvinist CE (Corp & Indiv) — [1 of 4]

SHARE THIS POST:

  (Please read Introduction first) Four Major Flaws of Arminian Corporate Election (CE) I have a lot of respect for the Arminian view of CE. It presents a scholarly and fairly plausible interpretation of the doctrine of election. There are certain aspects to that position that I agree with. I think it has the right basic Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

Arminian Corporate Election vs. Calvinist CE — [Introduction]

SHARE THIS POST:

  Introduction   Union and Identification vs. Actual Sovereign Choice   Corporate Election (CE) is normally associated with Arminian theology. However, it can be argued that CE is fundamentally a Calvinist position on the doctrine of election — which I shall do in this study. Central debate: Is election merely one of union and identification? Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

“God’s Purpose of Election” — [Commentary on Romans 9]

SHARE THIS POST:

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. (slightly updated)   Introduction Romans 9 is one of the central passages of the New Testament in understanding the doctrine of election. Paul’s discussion really begins in chapter 8, and more specifically, Romans 8:28-39. Those verses serve as an introduction to Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

Examples of Unconditional Sovereign Election

SHARE THIS POST:

  Introduction How are we to understand the doctrine of election? Does God look down the corridor of time to see who will receive Christ as Lord and Savior, and then choose those individuals for salvation (as many Christians believe)? Or does God know and predestine certain individuals before they’re born? In the first case, Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

The Gospel is Hidden to Everyone Who is Perishing

SHARE THIS POST:

  Introduction In regard to the doctrine of election unto salvation, there’s two different views of understanding:   Election based on free will (Arminian): God chooses to save anyone who decides to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Christ died for every individual who comes into the world, and that salvation is available to everyone Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

Divine Appointments Point to Divine Election

SHARE THIS POST:

  Introduction   There are two positions regarding salvation and the doctrine of election:   Free Will Choice (conditional) – The belief that Christ died for all and that salvation is available to all. This is known as unlimited atonement, or atonement for all. Election is understood as either individual or corporate. In individual election, Read More …

SHARE THIS POST:

God Must Empower the Gospel Message

SHARE THIS POST:

  Introduction Have you ever wondered why one person responds to the gospel message in faith, while another rejects it? What’s the difference? Why does one see the gospel of Jesus Christ as the truth, while another sees it as a fictitious story? Why does one see the wisdom of receiving Christ as Lord and Read More …

SHARE THIS POST: