The Spirit of the Calvinist-Arminian Debate

I am sure that those who would side with Augustine, Luther, and Calvin, among others (and some guy called the Apostle Paul, let’s not forget him), are not always as gracious as they should be in the debate of God’s sovereignty in salvation, but most Calvinists I know, however staunch in their beliefs, are usually gracious with those who do not espouse their point of view precisely.

On the other hand, my experience has been that those who do not hold to God’s sovereignty in this fashion are often on the offensive, attempting to smoke out and provoke the Calvinists in their midst, separating from them, calling them heretics, misrepresenting their position, and refusing even to listen to what they really believe about the subject.

While the above assessment reflects only my own experience, if what I hear from some of my brethren is correct it is a fair and accurate representation of the normal course of business in this debate.

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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2 Responses to The Spirit of the Calvinist-Arminian Debate

  1. Arthur Sido says:

    It may be hyper-sensitivity on my part, but it does seem that non-Calvinists alwasy seem to be going after the Calvinists among them, seeking to root them out and expose them. This is especially true among some in the SBC, but it is true other places as well. I just responded to something from Elmer Towns of Liberty University that is one of the most egregious cases I have seen.

  2. Marije van says:

    This is what Dutch calvinists call the intolerance of the so-called tolerants :). In Holland the calvinists now feel that the leftwinged parties do everything that is in their power to protect the islamic religion, while they (the calvinists) are being strived at.

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