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Some Needful Reminders

I want to post some needful reminders to all my fellow Arminians and non-Calvinist friends (or enemies perhaps).  These reminders are simply to point us to the fact that Jesus is Lord and Savior and our focus should be upon Him and realize that He unites His people by His own blood (Ephesians 2:13-14).  Our greatest testimony of God’s grace in our lives is when the saints of God love one another and see that we are Jesus’ disciples (John 13:34-35).  I pray that the body of Christ will be united around the gospel of Christ, that we are justified before God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

So let me remind us:

  • Calvinists are not our enemies.  They are our brothers and sisters in Christ.  You might not agree with Calvinism but don’t confuse Calvinism with disciples of Christ.  We are disciples of Jesus first and not disciples of Calvin or Arminius or Spurgeon or whoever (1 Corinthians 1:10-17).  
  • Calvinism is not heresy.  I see this on several non-Calvinist sites.  While I don’t agree with Calvinism on all issues, Calvinism is not heretical in my opinion.  I don’t think it is fair to refer to Calvinism as heretical.  I would also add that Arminianism is not heretical.  Perhaps we are both wrong.  Only God’s Word is truth (John 17:17).
  • God saves sinners, not Calvinists or Arminians (1 Timothy 1:15).
  • We are all sinful and see through a glass rather dimly (1 Corinthians 13:12).  I am not advocating that we not seek to be biblical or to not seek to exegete the Scriptures but to simply realize that we are limited in our understanding and tainted by sin.
  • Jesus alone saves (Jonah 2:9; Hebrews 7:25).
  • The gospel is neither Calvinism nor Arminianism.  The gospel is the gospel (Romans 1:16-17).
  • God has used many godly Arminians in the history of the Church and He has used many godly Calvinists in the Church.  We should rejoice in both!
  • We must be united around the gospel.  Both Arminians and Calvinists can defend the core fundamentals of the gospel.  We should likewise defend doctrines such as inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.
  • Arminians and Calvinists should work together to preach the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • Arminians and Calvinists should pray and worship the Lord Jesus together (Psalm 133).
  • There will be no Arminians or Calvinists in heaven.  Only the children of God saved by His grace through faith in Christ alone (Revelation 21:27).

I hope these remind us to focus on Christ and His glory instead of our own.  We need each other as the days get darker.


Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/04/2013 at 2:16 PM

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  1. amen. the fact that we have to be remined of these things is truly saddening. i often think seeing other christians as the ‘enemy’ in an all out ‘doctrine war’ is an excuse some use for not being responsible for preaching the gospel to the lost and therefore never having to be rejected by the world.
    but, oh well. i guess i got problems of my own too… great post brother roy

    mike and brandy

    03/04/2013 at 2:20 PM

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