#109 Calvinism Vs Arminianism

Paul discusses one of the most controversial issues in the Christian Church when he looks at the Calvinism Vs Arminianism Debate. What is the history of this debate? Which one, if any, is Biblical? How does one’s belief in this area affect how one evangelises the lost for Christ?

“What is the heresy of Rome, but the addition of something to the perfect merits of Jesus Christ — the bringing in of the works of the flesh, to assist in our justification? And what is the heresy of Arminianism but the addition of something to the work of the Redeemer? Every heresy, if brought to the touchstone, will discover itself here. I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else… nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor.”
-Charles Spurgeon

#108 Can Any Man Be Saved? A Critique of David Cloud’s View of Calvinism

Paul critiques David Cloud’s views on Reformed Theology based on his article ‘Can Any Man Be Saved?’. Are his views accurate and does Calvinism harm evangelism as he sometimes claims? What are the practical implications of being reformed or being opposed to reformed theology?

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“Merit-mongers will not allow the supremacy of the divine will and the impotency unto good of the human will, consequently they who are the most bitter in denouncing election by the sovereign pleasure of God, are the warmest in crying up the freewill of fallen man. In the decrees of the council of Trent—wherein the Papacy definitely defined her position on the leading points raised by the Reformers, and which Rome has never rescinded—occurs the following: “If any one should affirm that since the fall of Adam man’s free will is lost, let him be accursed.” It was for their faithful adherence to the truth of election, with all that it involves, that Bradford and hundreds of others were burned at the stake by the agents of the pope. Unspeakably sad is it to see so many professing Protestants agree with the mother of harlots in this fundamental error.”
–A.W. Pink