Popular posts: An Arminocalvinist spectrum or why it's not so simple as Arminians vs Calvinists

During Adrian's month away from the blog, he has hand-picked a selection of the most popular posts of the year so far to re-run.Today we feature, "An Arminocalvinist spectrum or why it's not so simple as Arminians vs Calvinists". Although technically written at the end of last year, this post on an arminocalvinist specturm has had an enduring popularity.--I think when we come to the Arminian / Calvinist debate we must understand it is not simply a clear cut issue.  When I meet other … [Read more...]

Giving Spurgeon the last word on Arminianism and Calvinism

At least for now it is time to call time on my short series on Arminianism and Calvinism. I hope you have enjoyed reading it, as I have certainly enjoyed some of the reactions it led to.  I shared this quote a few years ago, and I thought it was an apt way to end: The system of truth is not one straight line, but two. No man will ever get a right view of the gospel until he knows how to look at the two lines at once.I am taught in one book to believe that what I sow I shall reap: I am taught … [Read more...]

Tweets from 2010-12-13

@timlings my Bible tells me God knows the future AND he answers prayer. Good enough for me! in reply to timlings # @timlings God knows the future: “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt. 6:8) Psalm 139, Isa. 46:9–10 in reply to timlings # @timlings But if he doesnt know what WE plan to do, how can he be sure he can do what he plans?! in reply to timlings # … [Read more...]

How God used a murder to accomplish his purposes

This Jesus, delivered up according to ithe definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. (Acts 2:23–24). In our discussion about Calvinism and Arminianism perhaps one of the critical verses is Acts 2:23-24. In it we see both man's responsibility and God's sovereignty displayed. I thought I would share a couple of quotes from others on that verse:Chrysostom: "For though it was predetermined, still they were murderers."-Chrysostom in Philip S … [Read more...]

Tweets from 2010-12-12

Those wanting to see the full conversation with my own and others comments together see http://twitter.com/#search?q=adrianwarnock # @ianjmatt We all freely chose to reject. God then overrules that choice for some. in reply to ianjmatt # @Blakob88 Well, that question I definitely can't answer in 140 characters. Try hitting previous a few times on http://bit.ly/gG7CTk in reply to Blakob88 # @ianjmatt Well, once he has created a new heart in us, it is finally truly free and to us it sure … [Read more...]

Tweets from 2010-12-11

@timlings Emotional response in God, I agree with, but that doesn't to my mind mean he didnt know it would happen So its more disgust really in reply to timlings # @timlings Do tell me more about how I can improve on my definition of an open arminian in reply to timlings # @phunni @johnjwilks Thanks have amended my lists slightly to reflect your comments. Where else did I get it wrong? in reply to phunni # @timlings I know that one day my parents will die. I will still grieve when it … [Read more...]

Incarnatio: Responds to the Arminocalvinist spectrum

After being very gracious in his introductions, Matt O'Reilly says: First, it is quite helpful to point out the differences (or spectrum of beliefs) within the larger Calvinist and Arminian groups.  There are things that Calvinists disagree on; the same is the case with Arminians as well.  Different people mean different things by these labels.  So, Adrian's taxonomy, which utilizes qualifiers like hard, moderate, or soft, is very helpful in that it provides nuance to differing views within each … [Read more...]

Tweets from 2010-12-10

RT @RickWarren It is foolish & stupid to base your opinion of ANYONE on a soundbite.The media always slants EVERY story the way they want. # Are you a hypercalvinist? Do you know anyone who would own that title today? Please RT and explain or see http://bit.ly/i9sYK8 # Are you a Strong Calvinist? Please RT and say why http://bit.ly/i9sYK8 # Are you a Moderate Calvinist? This is the one I plumb for. What about you? http://bit.ly/i9sYK8 # Are you a Reformed Arminian? Is such a thing … [Read more...]

Arminians vs Calvinists a spectrum

In this post I outline an Arminocalvinist spectrum, and explain why it's not so simple as Arminians vs Calvinists. I think when we come to the Arminian / Calvinist debate we must understand it is not simply a clear cut issue.  When I meet other Christians and get to know them, the most important question I have is not whether they agree with every line of theology I have, and express that agreement with the same wordings I do. I am much more concerned with what is their attitude to the B … [Read more...]

Arminians vs Calvinists, daggers at dawn?

It need not always be this way. A while back I posted on the famous Wesley vs Simeon encounter which demonstrated that moderate Calvinists and moderate Arminians can in fact agree. If you are not aware of that incident, please do read about it. More recently, Luke picked up on my post which cheekily asked if Spurgeon was an Arminocalvinist and commented about me in the following post: "Calvinist Extends Hand of Friendship to Arminians."  He also linked to a helpful article written by an … [Read more...]