Is it possible to not be an Arminian, nor a Calvinist? Can one be neutral or take a middle road on the historic debate? On tonight’s show we review a sermon by David L. Brown of First Baptist Church, Oak Creek in Wisconsin called ‘I Just Don’t Fit There – Why I am Not a Calvinist or Arminian’.
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.”