February 7, 2008

Arminians Are Made Not Born

Galatians 4:9 (King James Version)
"But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?"

You were not regenerated into an Arminian. You didn't just metamorphose into a "free willer" rather you were supernaturally tranformed into a new creation in Christ by the Holy Spirit. Then you were discipled into an Arminian.

Now Calvinism is a nickname attached to those who follow the doctrines of grace specifically as defined by the Council or Synod of Dort spelled out by the acronym TULIP. It is named after John Calvin however a Calvinist is not necessarily a follower of Calvin.

Like it or not, and I will assume most will not like it, when you were born again you were reborn a Calvinist. That all changed when you were mentored into Arminianism or some variation thereof. Paul addressed this when he said: "O foolish Galatians who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you."

They became a Christian by the hearing of faith yet other men crept in teaching perfection by the works of the flesh following the law.

To be an Arminian someone will have to explain it to you by logic that God will not make you do anything against your will. You will scratch your head and say, " that sure makes sense to me!" But he/she will not tell you what the Bible says about being dead in sins and our inability to turn to God. You should ask them, "how does a dead man make a decision?"

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