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    Totally Depraved. As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those whog bring good news!” The key difference between a Calvinist and an Arminian is how they understand how we get saved — that is, how we move from a condition of spiritual unbelief to a condition of heartfelt belief or faith in Christ. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will". Submitted by Patricia Dunzweiler on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 01:24. It is fine for you theologians to have this discussion, but for those of you who insist that this IS what the Bible says and there is no further discussion, ignoring I Timothy 2:4 and John 3:16 and many other verses which speak of the extent of God's love and mercy, then PLEASE consider the impact that imparting such views on Christian brothers and sisters might have. 2 Peter 1:10 NKJV, Submitted by Dennis on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:24, In reply to Can you please cover Romans… by Daniel. "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. What great profit to invest our time and energy into lifting each other up and sharing the gospel of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ? (Heb11:3) Though the system is different than your Man-Centered paradigm, it is plenty clear. The Calvinist holds that these passages teach total depravity, unconditional election, and also imply limited atonement and double predestination. Reading Dave Hunt's 'What Love is This" helped clear my confused Calvinist mind as well. It appears to me that it is not "either/or" but "both/and". For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Sproul, and John Piper. Arminians say God has chosen us — elected to bring to salvation — all those whom he foresaw would believe by bringing about their own faith and providing the decisive impetus themselves. Today, believers are able to participate in the covenant blessings of Israel, because they have been "grafted in to the rich root" of God's purpose in history. With regard to vs. 5 Arminians hold that this passage is referring not to God's choice of who will be saved, but of God's choice that those who believe will be ultimately glorified. Having the luxury of hindsight, we know destruction was deferred for another 120-140 years until Niniveh's enemies overran her. By way of example we are taught by earthly teachers not to exalt any attribute of GOD over another yet John 3:16, the most quoted verse that in HIS word, is only quoted once, hmmm. 1. Now our faith in believing in this liberating power is through God's grace in as much as our freedom was the work of the Godhead. God allows evil nations to exist, and often uses them to bless the chosen nation, Israel. Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:07, I was once asked by the Holy Spirit if Jesus had given in the temptation placed before Him would it have been considered sin. Since the noun "doom" is not found in the Greek text, it would be better to see stumbling as the antecedent. Submitted by Nathan on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:28. For that matter, Christ had a choice to obey or not, or else He would never have prayed "Nevertheless, not my will but Thine be done" He knew what suffering lay ahead and asked that the cup be passed away from Him. The individual cannot refuse God's choice, therefore all those given to Christ will respond. God hates sinners. It is a specific term. You are arguing that faith precedes regeneration. It is an unconditional act of grace. ", Submitted by Dr. Dimento on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:17. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through careful study of scripture as it is written I can not ascribe to either view. See more ideas about calvinism, reformed theology, theology. How is this not being "a respecter of persons?". Calvinism does not make it through that filter: It is written "For the wages of sin is death", but Christ through the work of the cross paid our penalty. So you need to be really careful when applying a parable to theology and doctrine. all of you! Of the other two, one died-having no depth of root; and, the other was choked out by its representative persons being focused on the riches and cares of this world. 23So they set a day to meet with Paul, and many people came to the place he was staying. This has proved to be unfortunate regarding the doctrine of predestination being applied beyond the people group to whom Jesus was initially sent....and, moreso to that predetermining many, from before conception, unto eternal damnation. What profit is there in 'BEING' calvinist or armenian except to endlessly argue over interpretations of portions of scripture, to what gain? However, it would be anachronistic to believe that Arminius was the first to hold this view. (the only reason I can see is to prove Jesus right - Matthew 24:14). Two centuries later, the debate has not died down. Other people are born in areas where the Gospel may never reach. It is clear that they were appointed to stumble because they were disobedient in the same way as those who were hard of heart in the time of Isaiah (Is. 1:1,2; Rom. ), of an era hundreds of years expired. Submitted by Mike on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:15. As far as I can tell, he simply sweeps aside dozens of specific, clear biblical sentences with the philosophical wand of timelessness. Those He foreknew, God predestined (Rom. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Besides, we cannot question God, as Paul puts it, can the clay question the potter? Before becoming a new creature by grace, you are not free. In reply to We all believe God is… by S. T. Thank you so much for expressing my thoughts more eloquently than I could. The only possible objection is GOD chose one over the other with neither deserving it yet Paul answering the objection to GOD’s choice with Romans 9:15 The destination is a return to the Father, the Way is through the work of Christ with the indwelling Holy Spirit as our guide. So how do you argue with this one? Now, our nature turns us to pleasing God. Equally, God knew from before time itself who would and would not come to believe in His Son, yet He created both believers and unbelievers. For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. If the argument that GOD by the HOLY SPIRIT reveals through Paul is that Pharoah hardened his heart first then GOD did, what sense do the following versus make for if Pharoah did this to himself finding fault makes perfect sense. ", "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain...", "And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. 14When Jesus saw this, He was indignant and told them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! Judas was chosen but not saved. The Latin form of his name is what he is most remembered by today—Jacob Arminius. The Arminians say that God helps us. Calvinism is named after the teachings of the theologian John Calvin (1509-1564). Calvinism says that we are chosen. Our finite minds can not fully wrap our heads around this topic, and I believe we cannot correctly draw the line between mans free will and God's sovereignty in this issue. Arminians argue that the first part of Romans 9 deals with God's choice of nations and their roles in his plans. Also, if you see any verses that you think should be added, comment on the post and let me know. Submitted by josh on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:16. for me let's read what the bible saw about it .i just want to share please read .Eph. Some Arminians acknowledge that Paul may have been unconditionally elected and irresistibly called by God, but point out that this does not prove that God deals with all people in this way. Was it not born unto "life"? He spoke of a future event as though it was already done. But I think that the debate becomes a damp squib when a believer holds to the promises of God concerning his salvation, regardless of the decrees God makes in Heaven. You have a renegade in your Godhead, and making the writer of Hebrews a liar. Arminians say the new birth is God’s work of renewal in our hearts in response to our act of saving faith. This is certainly the case when it comes to Calvinism versus Arminianism. Submitted by Patricia Dunzweiler on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 01:16, Submitted by S. T. on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:09. Only extra-biblical assertions and man made jargon can support such authoritarian portrayal of God. 6. Ephesians states that it is both "not of yourselves" and "not by works," but free will would dictate that salvation comes, at least in part, through something that I have done. "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble" He has seen fit in his infinite grace to allow us to be used in his purposes. Again, a call refused. So, if you want to talk about what is the key soteriological differences between Arminianism and Calvinism, you have to take these one by one. ARMINIANISM: If in fact Arminianism were God's actual plan (FREE WILL) then there is definitely a need to carry out Jesus command in Matthew 28 to teach and baptist in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, because unless a free will soul can be convinced of salvation they will be in hell. I will give one sentence for each — Calvinism and Arminianism — under the five points, and then I will say what I would say to my 13-year-old. Also, the "many are called but few are chosen" reference is from a parable. Calvinists interpret this passage to mean that God irresistibly called Paul because he was elected to salvation. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Submitted by Dennis on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:26. This interpretation accords well with the next phrase "that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain." Nothing I have seen in this world and nobody I have spoken to has shaken my faith. An Outline of the FACTS of Arminianism vs. the TULIP of Calvinism . TAKEAWAY: How can a God who claims to love, teaches love, and asks us to love all, even those who hate us, be within his own law of justice if He intentionally creates people for hell, knowing full well they will suffer for eternity. - 2 Corinthians 3:17 I might say it like this: you can tell if someone is an Arminian or a Calvinist by how they answer the question “What was the decisive cause of your faith in Christ?” So, you go up to somebody, and you ask, “What was the decisive cause of your faith in Christ? Marshall, Roger Olson, and Ben Witherington. Did Jesus celebrate their choice? But Jesus said he would draw all men if he was lifted up (Jn. Submitted by lynn sheldon on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:11. You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. Pt 1: Calvinism vs Arminianism. Also the "call" in that parable is not the same "call" of Romans 8. The citizens of Niniveh chose: 1) to listen to a lone Israelite who had the moxie to deliver the warning of God. "(Acts 10:34) Therefore we are no longer slaves to sin to pay the penalty thereof, but free from the power of sin which demands the penalty of death. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. We have limited freewill to choose God or not. It seems to me that your concluding remarks have controlled the manner in which you argued your position. Your argument becomes invalid because what about how God burned Sodom and Gomorrah? Jesus poses the question, Matthew 7:11 4) God does not save all people. This is confirmed in verses 6,7 because all Israelites were not saved and all Ishmaelites were not damned. Only do NOT use your FREEDOM as an opportunity for the FLESH, but through LOVE SERVE one another." CONCLUSION: ELECTION seems to go against the entire New Testament of witness, church, preaching, whosoever, praying for others salvation, living a life honoring to God, etc. Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:31, In reply to The first recorded act of… by Calvinism & Ar…. We ALWAYS act according to our nature. Amen, theres hope! If he died for all the lost how is that sufficient? Arminians reply that "those given to me" in 37 are the same as those who "believe in him" in vs. 40. Arminians point out that the specific cause for their stumbling is not God, but that "they are disobedient to the word." We must also guard against being polarized into the historical, theological conflicts between Augustine versus Pelegius or Calvinism versus Arminianism. That is, God elects people on the basis of His sovereign will for reasons in Himself, with no contributing condition from man himself. Multimedia lecture is available on this subject, Submitted by Daniel on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:06. Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:46, In reply to It seems to me that your… by Anonymous. 33:19). The quest is noble, but ultimately doomed, as God is so much bigger and wider than we could possibly imagine, and there is no way we could possibly understand exactly how He works. 47For this is what the Lord has commanded us:'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” The freedom Christ purchased is freedom from the binding powers of the law in regard to sin. The ostrich “deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers.” Is ours a land where ostriches roam? Romans 10: 12-15 Is it really so hard to believe that men sin and deserve their wages and grace is amazing because it is demonstrated at all? 24Some of them were convinced by what he said, but others refused to believe. 2) to humble themselves in sackcloth and ashes. In other words, when God foresees that some will believe, he gives them to Christ. Arminianism:Theology that focuses on man’s free will to choose or reject God. He "has predestined us to adoption as sons. - 2 Peter 2:18-19. The Calvinists wrote their vision of what salvation looks like and how it happens under God’s sovereignty. Those words are carefully chosen. Moreover, then John 3.16 is not made a lie but Truth in that the offer of salvation is for the whole world that "whosoever" (not elect only) can be saved and thus there is a need for the church, witnessing, and trying to live a life that gives testimony of Jesus Christ in their life as a witness to others, because unless they hear the Gospel, they were doomed to hell. The will must be in accordance with the state of the nature. We still believe it is a truth revealed through the scriptures. Ephesians 4:3-6 Some Calvinists find support for double-predestination in this passage. You stated just what I have been thinking and feeling. He believed that Calvinism contained two great errors. 1:13). No, He told them the Father had not drawn them, so they were not His. The Calvinist perspective has been summarized in TULIP: T otal depravity, U nconditional election, L imited atonement, I rresistible grace, P erseverance of the saints. God still loves believers. Sin is anything that goes against the will or design of God. pvii) Arminianism stems from the teachings of Jacob Arminius [1560-1609] who diverged from GOD, WHO demonstrates what HE did by example of the Old Testament. Sodom and Gomorrah was filled with very wicked people. He also said, "Many are called, but few are chosen." Ephesians 1:5 ESV / 89 helpful votes. 1. - Galatians 5:13, "LIVE as people who are FREE, NOT using your FREEDOM as a cover-up for EVIL, but LIVING as SERVANTS of GOD." Note my beloved friends and brethren who are "Pentecotals" who insist that the evidence of being "born again" is glossolalia (speaking in tongues). Go party and have fun, if you are on the list, you win and will be saved somehow, someway. . It was Adam's sinful act of rebellion after being tempted by the Serpent (the Devil) and taking of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that made him a full fledged "god" having the exact characteristics as God excepted limited to the limits that God had provided in man. I would partially agree with you but we still have free will. He was being asked to do three things to deny zoos word as truth, to violate His word this violate truth, and last to deny Himself as the person of truth. I am certainly willing to accept the beliefs of those who follow Calvin and Augustine's theology, but please, PLEASE be careful in how you present this as Biblical fact that cannot be disputed or disagreed with because this view, and this insistence is more damaging to my faith, and perhaps to the faith of others, than ANYTHING that Satan could muster. But some are more privileged than others. What would those be?”. As I am reluctant to simply repeat the often cited verses by Calvinists and Arminians to make their respective arguements, let me offer scripture which evidences God's will that no man perish, as he gives grace to the humble, whose hearts are detected by the Holy Spirit as God's eyes search the heart of every man as we are naked (can't hide anything) before Him (Heb 4;13). Is there injustice in what was impossible for the flesh to do with respect to the promise - NO! ", "it [God's choice] does not depend on the man who wills", refer to "vessels of wrath prepared for destruction" and "vessels of mercy prepared beforehand for glory.". Six points to argue against choice: The individual cannot refuse God's choice, therefore, Arminians reply that "those given to me" in 37 are the same as those who "believe in him" in vs. 40. 42:1), and that believers participate in his chosenness because they are baptized into him when they believe (Eph. What changed is the state of free will. So your claim is that the miracle comes before the faith (regeneration before faith). Otherwise, why would it be "through sanctification"? Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:18. Can you please cover Romans 8:28-30 and 2 Peter 1:10. The five points are kinda-sorta depravity, election but not really, errybody gets some atonement, … What portion did Isaac have in the promise - none. Your relationship is still real. Likewise, Calvin, regardless of his scriptural mastery, sought to distance nascient Protestantism from Catholicism. Arminians point out that the statement is made to the disciples with reference to their apostleship, not to their salvation. So, the mystery still remains. I did not answer right away. 13:12; Amos 8:11,12). FREE WILL seems to go totally in favor of what Jesus taught, what Paul taught, what Peter, Paul, and the Apostles did and all the other writers seem to address also. A final word, I was told by one of my elders that, in my words, this god of Calvinism is evil. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? A parent who loves a child, will violate his/her free will to save them from danger, every time, Submitted by Becki on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:16. 68Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? 12), Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:47, In reply to That only means God must… by Dennis McCallum. We offer free Bible teachings, class materials and essays. Niniveh was the capitol of Assyria, and oft times the enemy of the Children of Israel, yet the LORD insisted that Jonah go there to preach to them concerning their wickedness (depravity). I’m trying to explain this difference to my 13-year-old son and would love to boil it down to one or two watershed differences. The Calvinists argue that this verse teaches unconditional election, because it would have been easy to say "as many as believed were appointed eternal life" but the reverse is stated. Finally, with regard to limited atonement and double predestination, these positions depend on the earlier conclusion (unconditional election), and therefore beg the question. We are in the image of GOD yet it is impossible for GOD to lie and not impossible for us. Calvinism Vs. Arminianism: What Does the Bible Teach? 12For there is no difference between Jew and Greek: The same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on Him, 13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14How then can they call on the One they have not believed in? So the word for chosen in Matthew 22 more closely matches the word for called in Romans 8. If the sinner is spiritually dead then salvation is totally the work of a sovereign and gracious God who in His love elects some and in His justice allows the non-elect to face what we all deserve, condemnation, BUT GOD... Eph. 2) God wants all people to be saved. Submitted by David on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:26, In reply to Is this a maybe? Arminians say, with regard to depravity, that people are depraved and corrupt, but they are able to provide the decisive impulse to trust God with the general divine assistance that God gives to everybody. How can that be true? It is the multitude of scriptures which have the "If-Then" construct. Adam had the option of good or bad and he chose bad and since he is our Federal head the natural human state is in sin and thus only able to choose sin. He helps all people, but we provide the last, decisive impetus and desire for that belief. Does Man Chose? This concept has everything to do with God's hand upon our heart and soul and has nothing to do with us as faulty human who cannot fathom God even in His simplest form. Christ dies on the Cross for all mankind, those chosen under the Law and anyone who now accepts the calling from the Holy Spirit. Submitted by Nelson on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:17. "Adoption as sons" is seen as references to the glorification of believers (cf. Here is a simple question that necessitates God's sovereign election of His people unto salvation; "HOW DEAD IS DEAD" - Eph. I go with FREE WILL as it fits God's image and the image He created in man, it reveals how man fell, it agrees with a need to witness, have a church, have preaching, and win souls to Jesus. Arminians refer the term salvation to either glorification (see vs. 14) or maturity (I Thess. The people of Niniveh hearkened unto the word (a "type" of gospel message) of the prophet, and chose to humble themselves before the merciful God of the Israelite...even unto the king who sat mourning the sins of the nation (and likely his own) in sack-cloth and ashes (Jon 3;6). The same is true of other philosophical-theological systems such as Calvinism or Arminianism. Their will could not produce what they longed for yet their will produced an enemy through Ishmael. Romans 8:28‭-‬30 KJV. We say what was definitely impossible for the first child of the promise is possible for all the rest, for the plural children is used for those of and not of the promise. Where we who study the Word, look to it literally first, within its context, hopefully, with an eye to the customs and understanding of the people of that time to whom it was directed (usually the Jew); we must also consider how error of hermenuetics may have crept in. Think in terms of not present tense, future tense or past tense but in a "prophetic perfect" tense. Arminianism is named after the teachings of the theologian Jacobus Arminius (1559-1609). The above material was taken from The Five Points of CALVINISM - Defined, Defended, Documented. The truth is God is way bigger than we think or understand. ", “Who the Son sets free is FREE INDEED.” 1 John 2:2, God wants EVERYONE to be saved and to know the truth. When the Arminians read it, they said, “These are five places we don’t agree.” That is where we got these five points. It's been a long-standing debate! That plan was to reveal Himself to His creation through the person of Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Besides, what is to be gained if you are indeed right? Interesting how we argue and fight for free will, as if God had no right to violate free will. "(2 Peter 3:9). On 2 Peter 1:10 that suggests that Christians should even make sure of their calling, I think this favors the Arminian view. Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”. Election is completely contrary to all of that. So, here is what I would say to my 13-year-old. It's not fair. We believe in discipleship and emphasize community by meeting in home churches led by volunteers. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. In the beginning was free will until Adam and Eve sinned We, Submitted by Sam on Tue, 06/09/2020 - 14:25, In reply to I was once asked by the Holy… by Anonymous. states that the vessels of mercy are "us, whom He called not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles,"" (i.e. Calvinism:Theological framework that centers around God’s sovereign choice in salvation. al. If GOD is only or mainly loving, the favorite adjective of many, why does HE need to harden at all? Many Jews are not going to make it to heaven, even though they are in the chosen people. Calvinism is based on the theological beliefs and teaching of John Calvin (1509-1564), a leader of the Reformation, and Arminianism is based on the views of Dutch theologian Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1VPDhgIw24&t=28s, Calvinists argue that this passages teaches irresistible grace. GOD tells us HE raised him up for this very purpose. An Arminian position leads to the following: 1) God loves all people the same way. "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Contemporary Calvinist scholars include J. I. Packer, R.C. 8:29). Thats how we got the bible. "Choose this day whom you will serve." Amen! They promise them FREEDOM, but they themselves are SLAVES of CORRUPTION." 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