Calvinism vs. Arminianism

by Jason Moore on October 28, 2009

*This was taken from Eternal Perspectives. You can read the full blog entry here:

Where do you stand on the Calvinism and Arminianism debate, and what resources do you recommend?

I’ve often been asked, Where do you stand on the Calvinism and Arminianism debate, and what resources do you recommend?

I came to Christ in a church that was Arminian, so that was naturally my early leaning. I went to a Bible college and seminary that were both middle of the road where neither hard core Calvinism nor Arminianism often surfaced in class, though on a continuum, some faculty would lean more toward one than the other.

As the years went by, struck by the power of God’s sovereignty and grace, I became increasingly closer to what is called a Calvinist rather than an Arminian (though I dislike both labels). As I say in other articles on the EPM website, I believe that Christ died for all, not just the elect, which is the one and only major tenet where I depart from Calvinism (not for logical reasons, but simply because after studying the passages they still seem to me to be saying Christ died for everyone.) So I am what might be called a four point Calvinist, though many 5-point Calvinists hate that term, believing it all stands or fall together. Logically, I see what they mean, it’s just my understanding of biblical passages that gives me pause. (It’s not because I haven’t read extensively and discussed the matter with many people I respectfully disagree with.)

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