Sunday, April 13, 2008

Notes on Romans--Part Thirty Six

What about the five points of Arminianism (i.e., D.A.I.S.Y.)?

Diminished depravity-- Luke records Jesus urging his hearers to "strive to enter through the narrow door; for many I tell you will try to enter and will not be able." (Luke 13:24). An Arminian would argue that this begs the question why Jesus would urge them to "strive" if saving faith is wholly a gift from God. See also John (often seen as the hard determinist among the Gospel writers) 7:18-18; 10:9; 12:32 (one of many verses where Jesus seems to be speaking about calling "all" people not just the elect); Acts 16:31; 17:26-28; Romans 10:9, 14-15; Eph. 1:13; etc.

Abrogated election (i.e., election to salvation involves both the sinner choosing God and God choosing the sinner). See Acts 15:7-9.

Impersonal atonement which means Jesus died for ALL people (John 3:16), paying the price of redemption for them all BUT still requiring a move by the sinner to grasp offered forgiveness (see also John 1:29; Rom. 5:6-8, 17-18; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; etc.).

Sedentary grace i.e., the Holy Spirit can be resisted by the sinner. See Luke 7:30; John 3:34; Acts 7:51; Titus 2:11; Hebrews 10:29, etc.

Yieldable justification--those who believe and trust can still lose their salvation by turning their back on Jesus. See Matt 5:13; 24:13; John 8:31; 15:1-7; Romans 11:22; Gal. 5:4; etc.

So, who has the better over all argument? Check back tomorrow.