Sunday, January 23, 2011

You might be an Arminian if...

There is a good post from the Society of Evangelical Arminians that tries to help you determine where you fall in the Calvin-Arminian debate.

These were the determining questions in my mind:
  1. Do you believe that Jesus died for every human being?
  2. Do you believe that humans are so depraved that they can do nothing to earn salvation and that they cannot choose to believe in Jesus without the intervention of God’s grace?
  3. Do you believe that a person can resist the convicting power of God’s grace?
  4. Do you believe that you are born again when you put your faith in Jesus?
If you answered yes to all of the questions above you might be an Arminian. If you answered yes to any question (except #2) you certainly would not be a Calvinist.

I would also slightly reword #4 as follows since that makes it a little clearer for me but says essentially the same thing:

Do you believe that regeneration (born again) follows placing your faith in Jesus?

Some of the other questions asked on the survey covered believing in predestination, election, eternal security, and the sovereignty of God. For each of these questions a person accepting either soteriological system could answer yes. However the yes/no answers to these questions would be difficult to assess since there are vast differences in how these terms are defined (which is pointed out in the post).

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