Did Stephen Believe the Spirit was Resistable?
September 22, 2012, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Arminianism, Free will, Irresistible Grace

Let’s read some Scripture:

Acts 6:8-15

“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.

But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.

10 But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”

12 And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.

13 They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;

14 for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us.”

15 And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel. Continue reading

The Broodless Hen
September 20, 2012, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Arminianism, Big Arminian Arguments


“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” – Matthew 23:37 Continue reading

Dr. James White’s Definitional Inconsistency
April 15, 2012, 12:01 pm
Filed under: Arminianism, Roman Catholicism

written by Christopher Macfarlane

When I was really getting into reformation theology (otherwise known as ‘Calvinism’), no one really impacted me the way that Dr. James White ofAlpha and Omega Ministries had. For years now I have been consistently listening to his radio webcast The Dividing Line. I haven’t missed a show. I’ve also watched a majority of his YouTube videos, purchased 4 of his books, a few debates as well as lectures. I’ve even tried to be part of the AoMin chat channel, but never stuck with it. Dr. White has also done extensive work in the areas of Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnessism, and Islam. But one thing about him has continued to frustrate me, and I feel like the last two shows have really highlighted this. I happened to listen to them back to back since I catch the show on podcast. Anyhow, I want to keep it brief, but need to just lay out some points first.  Continue reading

Dear Mr. Arminian,
March 30, 2012, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Arminianism
Dear Mr. Arminian,

I find your article both badly composed and dishonest.  Continue reading

J I Packer Thinks He Is More Prudent Than God

written by Mark McCulley

When J. I Packer claims that election is not part of the gospel message (“Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God”), he relegates the doctrine of election to the “hidden God” who we need not know.  Besides the God who has already elected a sinner in Christ or not, there is a false god offering Christ to sinners. Continue reading

Arminianism – 1% Milk?
March 16, 2012, 10:44 am
Filed under: Arminianism

written by Christopher Macfarlane

Spilling the Misconception

It’s a common thing to hear many refer to Arminianism as “milk” and reformed theology (Calvinism) as “meat”. The idea is that Arminianism is food for infant, or newly converted, Christians, whereas the tenets of reformed theology are the food of the spiritually mature Christian. It seems  that this is the case because many found that they were introduced to the Bible and the idea of Jesus in Arminian churches. I realize this isn’t always the case, but certainly Arminian churches are numerous.  Let’s just briefly run through the list of Arminian beliefs. This list is a short summary of the Five articles of Remonstrance of 1610, put together by Arminians in order to serve as Calvinistic corrections, and mainly as a protestation against the Belgic ConfessionContinue reading

We Respect Arminianism
March 14, 2012, 11:29 am
Filed under: Arminianism

written by Christopher Macfarlane

Against Ivory Tower Calvinism

Many who profess to be ‘reformed’ Christians regard Arminians as brothers in Christ – not Armenians, the guys from Armenia. But Arminians – those who hold to certain points they believe are Biblical. These points include views like 1) the free will of man to choose to ‘accept’ Jesus or reject Him, and 2) the view that Jesus died for every individual in the world so that salvation could possibly be a reality for every individual. Charles Spurgeon pointed out that Arminianism is heresy and even likened it to baal worship. At the same time, Spurgeon considered  John Wesley (who Spurgeon nicknamed, ‘the modern prince of Arminians’) to be one of the godliest men who ever lived. Continue reading

Perfect Knowledge or Tolerant Calvinism
February 29, 2012, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Arminianism, Tolerant Calvinism

written by David Bishop

The argument looks like this:

A Christian is someone who believes that the guilt for his sins is no longer charged to him, because it was charged to Christ at the cross.  Believing then that his sins were atoned for, he agrees with God that the righteousness which Christ obtained has been charged to his account and that it will alone save him at the last day.  Therefore, whoever agrees with this, no matter what they might believe, is a brother in Christ. Continue reading

CS Lewis and the Son of Odin
February 15, 2012, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Amyraldian, Arminianism, CS Lewis, Limited Atonement, Universal Atonement

written by David Bishop

“Child, if you will, it is mythology. It is but truth, not fact: an image, not the very real. But then it is My mythology.”
– C S Lewis, The Pilgrim’s Regress

C S Lewis held to the idea that there are two kinds of truth – visible truth, which can only be learned by gleaning it from cold, hard, black and white textbook facts; and invisible truth, or transcendent truth, which can only be learned by reading and hearing myth and legend. Adding to his error, Lewis placed the gospel – the truth of Christ dying on a cross to save His people – into the category of transcendent truth, so that in his view, the things which Christ stated about His death were things that we can only understand by filtering them through mythological stories like the tale of Odin’s death. Continue reading