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An Evangelical Reply to Winkie Pratney

I just finished posting over the past several days posts from Winkie Pratney, prominent YWAM teacher, on the doctrine of sin.  Pratney holds to moral government theology views regarding sin and original sin.  His view is similar to those held by MGT teachers such as Charles Finney or Jesse Morrell.  I feel a few statements are in order about the posts.

First, I respect Winkie Pratney much.  He has done much good for the kingdom of Christ.  Pratney was influential to many followers of Christ including the late Keith Green and many of the early Jesus Movement disciples.  Pratney was often found teaching at Keith Green’s Last Days Ministries in Lindale, Texas.  Pratney was also esteemed by such teachers as Leonard Ravenhill and others.  I have never met Pratney but those who have tell me that he is a godly, gentle man who longs for people to love Jesus with all their hearts.  I rejoice in that.

Secondly, I think it would not be fair of Calvinists to say that Pratney or any other MGT teacher is an Arminian.  I agree that their theology is closer to Arminianism than to Calvinism but their views regarding sin is not found in the teachings of Arminius.  Arminius clearly held to original sin and he rejected any notion that man could overcome sin through the will or even that they can free will themselves to salvation.  Arminius held that the will is bound by sin just as Luther and Calvin taught.  Arminius held that salvation is all of grace through faith and while he differed over whether this salvation was conditional or unconditional in regard to divine election, he clearly taught that salvation is a work of the Spirit (John 6:44; Ephesians 1:3-14; Titus 3:5-7).  Therefore, if the writings of Arminius are the deciding point of Arminianism then MGT teachers are not Arminians.

Thirdly, if you are looking for an evangelical reply to MGT and teachers such as Winkie Pratney, I recommend the book Evangelical Heathenism: Examining Contemporary Revivalism by E. Calvin Beisner.  The book is a good theological read.

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