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Series of Posts on the FACTS of Arminianism

I want to begin a series of posts on the Society of Evangelical Arminians post by Dr. Brian Abasciano on the FACTS of Arminianism.  The FACTS is an acronym to help Arminians and non-Arminians know what Arminianism embraces and teaches.  Calvinists have the acronym TULIP the essentially sums up their theology.  While I would argue that both Arminianism and Calvinism are historically deeper than merely five points, nonetheless these five points have been the main points we both contend with and over regarding salvation.

The five points of Calvinism were not original with Calvin.  They originated from the Synod of Dort where the Remonstrants brought forth five main points of contention and debate among Calvinists.  Bear in mind that Arminius begin his debate within Reformed theology and not outside of it.  Calvinist seem to assume that Arminius was an outlaw with a rebel attitude toward Calvin and Beza.  This is not the case.  Arminius was raising points over doctrine among Calvinists of his day (though they did not call themselves Calvinists).  Arminius’ main point of contention was whether the creeds and confessions could be altered if in fact they did not align with Scripture.  Calvinists of his day were contending that the creeds and confessions were just as binding as the Bible.  Arminius differed.

The five FACTS of Arminianism will help the reader to understand a little more what Arminians believe regarding salvation and how the Spirit of God works to bring regeneration to a soul.  This miracle of God (John 3:3-7) is wonderful to study and I pray that we all would grow closer to the Lord by studying His Word regarding His saving work.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/16/2014 at 6:08 PM

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