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My Advice for 2014 For Arminians and Calvinists

Each year we all start out with fresh ideas for the new year (or at least I suppose we do).  I typically wrestle with what Bible reading plan am I going to use in the upcoming year.  Will I stick to my old one year Bible or will I develop my own reading habit or will I turn to a Bible reading plan?  All of this is in my mind as the new year dawns.  I don’t make resolutions because I have found that I simply am not good at keeping them.  Most of us aren’t.  Our sinful nature is such that we are lazy, often become easily focused on other things, and we are self-centered.

However, as I was thinking today about Arminianism and 2014, I begin to wonder how many Arminians will take the time in 2014 to read a Calvinist theologian writing on Calvinism and likewise how many Calvinists will take time to read an Arminian theologian writing on Arminianism?  Too often I find it comfortable to read a book on Calvinism written by an Arminian and I am sure Calvinists enjoy reading a Calvinist theologian writing against Arminianism.  It is comfortable, easy, and enjoyable to read from our own theologians.

So my challenge to you this year is to read someone you don’t agree with.  Read a Calvinist writing on Calvinism.  For my Calvinist friends, read an Arminian such as Roger Olson, Vic Reasoner, Robert Picirilli, or Leroy Forlines on Arminianism.  We often will say things about what Calvinists believe or what Arminians believe when in fact we have not even taken the time to read their works.  How many Arminians have read Calvin?  How many Calvinists have read Arminius?

Make it a simple goal this year to read a book by a theologian from another camp about their own theology.  I am planning on reading John Piper’s book, Five Pointswhich is a short work on the five points of Calvinism.  I plan to read it without comment on my blog.  I am not reading Piper to generate another blog post against Calvinism.  I simply want to understand the Calvinist viewpoint.

I pray my Calvinist brothers and sisters will do the same toward us Arminians.  And most of all, I pray that in 2014 God will be glorified among us all.  Jesus alone is worthy to be praised and exalted and may we spend much time doing just that in a world full of darkness and sin.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/01/2014 at 9:25 PM

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