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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.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/16/2014 at 6:08 PM

Arminian Robert Picrilli on Original Sin (Part 1)

It is clear from my reading of Robert Picirilli that he holds to the doctrine of original sin.  In his classic book, Grace, Faith, Free WillPicirilli states the following about what reformed Arminians believe about original sin:

1.  Since the fall of Adam and Eve, all human beings inherit from the original parents a corrupt nature, as inclined toward evil now as Adam and Eve were toward good before the fall.

2.  In consequence of this condition, man’s will is no longer naturally free to choose God apart from the supernatural work of the Spirit of God.

3.  Therefore, left to himself, no person either can or will accept the offer of salvation in the gospel and put saving faith in Christ.

4.  This condition may rightly be called total depravity, in that it pervades every aspect of man’s being, and total inability, in that it leaves him helpless to perform anything truly good in God’s sight.  As Richard Watson expresses this: “The true Arminian, as fully as the Calvinist, admits the doctrine of the total depravity of human nature in consequence of the fall of our first parents”; he proceeds to express complete agreement with the position of Calvin, namely: “Man is so totally overwhelmed, as with a deluge, that no part is free from sin, and therefrom whatever proceeds from him is accounted sin.”

John Wesley observes the following about man in his natural condition:

His spiritual senses are not awake; they discern neither spiritual good nor evil.  The eyes of his understanding are closed…Hence, having no inlets for the knowledge of spiritual things, all the avenues of his soul being shut up, he is in gross, stupid ignorance of whatever he is most concerned to know.

Though he strive with all his might, he cannot conquer: sin is mightier than he.  He would fain escape; but he is so fast in prison, that he cannot get forth…Such is the freedom of his will; free only to evil; free to “drink iniquity like water”; to wander farther ad farther from the living God, and do more “despite to the Spirit of grace.”

Picirilli writes that according to the early writings of Arminius and the Remonstrants, mankind inherits not only total depravity and spiritual death but also guilt and condemnation.  Proof of this is seen in the death of all people at the flood including infants and all others (Genesis 6:6-7).  We also see this in God’s just condemnation of the pagan nations such as in Deuteronomy 7:2 where He commanded the Israelites to wipe out the pagan nations completely.  All people are the same.  All deserve God’s just wrath against our sins because we are all born totally depraved, sinful, and dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1-3).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/23/2012 at 1:46 PM

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