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There is such a rift in the Evangelical community over the differences between the Reformed and Arminian views of election, that I am compelled to devote an entire page to articles debating those differences. The term "Calvinism" carries a lot of baggage because of its historic confrontations with the Wesleyans. And Wesleyan theology has gained enormous popularity and widespread acceptance over the years, though perhaps unwarranted. The Wesleyans won the theological war for the hearts and minds of American evangelicals, and in my opinion, the American Church has been weakened by it. It wasn't the strength of Arminian theology that overthrew the Reformed churches, as much as the weakness of the Reformed churches. Calvinists substituted aristocratic leadership for the universal priesthood of believers, while Arminians emphasized the commonality of all believers. Theirs was a simple and anti-intellectual faith, while the Reformed churches separated clergy and laity with an almost gnostic approach to understanding the Scriptures. In egalitarian America, that was theological suicide. These aberrations in the structure and administration of the Reformed churches does nothing to belie their doctrine, only their practice; nor does the popularity of the Arminian churches prove their doctrine, only their widespread acceptance. We need to determine what the Scriptures teach, not what the churches teach. We must not cater to what people want to hear. Instead, we must come to a correct understanding of biblical doctrine and practice. The first article below is an exchange between Charles Simeon, a 5-point Calvinist, and John Wesley, an Arminian (technically, a 3-point Calvinist). It maps out the common ground that exists between them. 

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Against Arminianism

Favoring Arminianism

Arminianism vs Calvinism

 

 

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