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New Arminian Blog from Dr. Matthew Pinson

Dr. Matthew Pinson is the President of Welch College (formally Free Will Baptist Bible College).  He is created a new blog that you can find here.  Dr. Pinson is a solid Arminian brother and you will be challenged and encouraged by his writings.  I encourage everyone (whether Arminian or not) to check out his new blog.

May we all pursue the glory of Christ and exalt Him in all that we say and do (Colossians 3:17).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/20/2014 at 9:41 PM

Roger Olson’s Reply to the NYT Article on Calvinism

Calvinism has made it to the New York Times.  The NYT published an article written by Mark Oppenheimer on evangelicals and Calvinism.  His article focused on the rise of Calvinism in the evangelical church.  He quotes from a few Calvinist theologians and then quotes from Roger Olson whom he calls “Calvinism’s main critic” though Olson denies he is such.  You can read the Oppenheimer piece here.

Here is Roger Olson’s reply.

One section of note from Olson is this:

People need to remember that I have been told by leaders and members of the “Young, Restless, Reformed” movement that I am not a Christian (because I’m not a Calvinist), that I’m not an evangelical (because I’m not a Calvinist), that my theology is humanistic (because I’m not a Calvinist), that my theology is “man-centered” (because I’m not a Calvinist), that I obviously do not take the Bible seriously (because I’m not a Calvinist), that my theology leads to liberalism (because I’m not a Calvinist), that I’m a Pelagian or at least semi-Pelagian (because I’m not a Calvinist), etc., etc., etc.

I agree for I have been told the same thing.  I remember debating on a Calvinist blog with a brother who had written some harsh things about Arminianism and made false statements about Arminianism.  He and I begin to exchange comments with one another on his blog.  When I felt that I had finally shown him his errors, he wrote me, “You hold to man-centered theology and I worry that you are not saved because of your works-righteounsess views.”  What?  Simply because I rejected Calvinism and rejected his views, I was viewed as man-centered in my theology and in danger of hell because I had rejected God’s true salvation in Calvinism.

I use to have a man e-mail me from time to time though he has not written me now in about two years who would simply put short lines like, “You are going to hell.  You teach false doctrines and you are not honoring the one true God has He has revealed Himself through John Calvin and the precious doctrines of grace.”  I would always write back, “I love you brother.  Please pray for me.”  He would never reply but then a few months later, I would get another e-mail, “Hell will be hot for sinners like you who pervert the way of God.”  I would reply, “May God’s grace and peace be upon you.”  He would not reply.

Let me end this by being clear: Calvinism is not the gospel.  Neither is Arminianism.  No theology will ever save you.  Only Jesus Christ, the living Savior, the strong Son of God – He alone is the one who saves us.  We are not saved by holding firmly to a set of beliefs but to the Person of Jesus.  Theology must be Christ honoring, Christ exalting, and Christ filled.  If not, leave it.  If you love Calvin or Edwards or Piper more than Jesus, you must repent!  If you love Arminius or Wesley or Olson more than Jesus, you must repent!  Salvation is in Jesus alone (Acts 4:12) and not in a man.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/05/2014 at 12:14 AM

Great Post on Caged-Calvinists

I want to point you to a great post from brother William Birch on caged Calvinists.  I first heard of  the term “caged Calvinists” from Dr. James White in which he was referring to Calvinists who are new to Calvinism and seem bent on making everyone around them into Calvinists as well.  These Calvinists are not hard to find.  Just go onto Twitter and put something negative about Calvinism with a hashtag of Calvinism and within minutes you’ll likely have caught your first caged Calvinist.  Caged Calvinists believe the gospel equals Calvinism and Calvinism equals the gospel.  They believe that Calvinism is the pure truth of God’s Word, orthodoxy, and the standard by which to judge all things.  I have seen some caged Calvinists lifting John Calvin to almost Catholic sainthood position as they speak of this fallen man as if he were the greatest single theologian since Paul the Apostle (and in some cases, better!).

Ironically, we in Arminianism have no caged Arminian tags that I am aware of.  I have never met a caged Arminian.  I would argue this is the case for a few reasons.  First, I know of no Arminians who believe that Arminianism equals the gospel or that the gospel equals Arminianism.  We believe that God has granted to us all the gift of free will and each person can decide if Arminianism or Calvinism or Lutheranism or any other ism is from God or not.  Ism’s do not save in Arminianism, only Jesus saves (John 14:6)!  This emphasis on free will leads us to reject the idea that God had to “open our eyes” to see the teachings of Arminius.  Any soul can read Arminius if they choose and either receive him or reject him.  In reality, we believe one can freely reject Arminius and still be saved but one cannot reject Jesus and still be saved.

Secondly, Arminians don’t know of a caged stage because we reject the Gnostic feel of some Calvinists regarding their “conversion” to Calvinism.  Arminianism has no such stage.  One does not need to read Arminius to understand unlimited atonement (1 John 2:2).  One does not need to read Arminius to understand conditional election (1 Timothy 4:10).  One does not need to read Arminius to understand the warning passages of Scripture and that faith is required for salvation from beginning to end (John 8:51; Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:21-23).  One does not need God to open their eyes to the five points of the Remonstrance for them to embrace Arminianism.  In fact, one can take a survey to find out if they are Arminian or not here.

Lastly, Arminians don’t champion Arminianism or the works of Arminius as the grid by which we judge all things.  We don’t come to John 3:16 or 1 Timothy 2:4 and then turn around and deny these passages because they don’t fit our theological system.  Again, one can read the Bible on their own and see that Calvinism is not there but must be read into the Bible.  I would not assume you would read the Bible and find Arminianism either but rather I would pray that you see Jesus for who He is.  After all, the Bible was not given to us so that we can know facts about Jesus or facts about Arminianism but instead to know salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (John 20:31).

I pray that we all see that the gospel is what saves and not a system.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/10/2013 at 12:11 PM

The FACTS of Salvation

Here is a link to an excellent article written by the Society of Evangelical Arminians (SEA) president, Dr. Brian Abasciano.  The article is a defense of classical Arminianism in its evangelical form.  I highly recommend it for reading and study.

You can find the article here.

Jack Cottrell Website

Dr. Jack Cottrell is one of my favorite Arminian theologians.  His writings are easy to read while Dr. Cottrell wrestles with deep theological truths and all the while he wrestles with the Scriptures for the final answer.  His commentary on Romans and his systematic theology text along with his three-volume work on the doctrine of God are resources that every Arminian should be reading, studying, and using.

Dr. Cottrell has his own website and I encourage you to visit his site often.  You can find the site here.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/29/2013 at 9:38 PM

The Society of Evangelical Arminians: The Best Source for Arminian Theology

If you are unfamiliar with Arminian theology, the best source on-line for studying Arminian theology is the Society of Evangelical Arminians (SEA) that I am proud to be a part of.  Many of my fellow Arminian friends from across the United States and around the world all provide various articles addressing Arminianism as well as countering Calvinism.  I read from the SEA each day and enjoy learning much about my own theology.  You can go directly to the SEA site here.

The best source for studying Calvinism, in my opinion, is to visit Monergism.com.  Monergism features vast amounts of articles written by Calvinists to defend Calvinism and to counter Arminianism and other theological systems that oppose Calvinism.  Monergism also has many audio lectures.  I do enjoy the fact that Monergism opposes hyper-Calvinism.

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