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19, 23. , p. 24. book Page 51 Friday, July 28, 2006 1:23 PM Arminian Theology Is the Opposite of Calvinist/Reformed Theology 51 may be described as a grace-qualified, grace-inspired and grace-guided freedom. 14 Even such a conservative and venerable Arminian theologian as H. ”15 Two Links Between Arminius’s Theology and Reformed Theology Two areas where Arminius’s theology stayed close to Reformed theology and the standard Calvinism of his day are its emphasis on God’s glory and its use of covenant or federal theology.

P. 281. book Page 46 Friday, July 28, 2006 1:23 PM 46 ARMINIAN THEOLOGY ple, including pastors and theologians, pit Arminianism and Reformed theology against each other as if they are necessarily at war, portraying them in such a way that only one can be orthodox. ” I am not implying that both are true at every point. In fact, I reject any hybrid of Arminianism and Calvinism on crucial points of soteriology. Nevertheless, to say that only one honors Scripture is wrong. Neither tradition is the gospel itself; both are fallible attempts to interpret the gospel and Scripture, and both can honor them even if one or the other is wrong at certain points.

But the main reason Arminians reject the Calvinist notion of monergistic salvation, in which God unconditionally elects some to salvation and bends their wills irresistibly, is that it violates the character of God and the nature of a personal relationship. If God saves unconditionally and irresistibly, why doesn’t he save all? Appeal to mystery at this point does not satisfy the Arminian mind because the character of God as love showing itself in mercy is at stake. If the humans chosen by God cannot resist having a right relationship with God, what kind of relationship is it?

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