Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Calvinists and Arminians

Mark Dever again:
...I have always been at least an informal member of Calvinists and Arminians Together! I'm a Southern Baptist! I was involved in Inter-Varsity! I went to Gordon-Conwell! .... I deliberately dedicated What is a Healthy Church? to a Baptist, a Methodist and a Presbyterian pastor. I didn't make it explicit, but I thought that right now it might be a small encouragement to help us realize where the real front line is.

The real front line is not between Calvinist evangelicals and Arminian evangelicals. It is between those who are lost in their sins and those who have been saved by God's sheer grace in Christ.
And this is not, of course, a war of flesh and blood, but a loving "assault" of sheep charging the wolves with the Good News of Jesus Christ, sheep who were themselves once at enmity with God. Our "weapons" to use the Biblical metaphor (Eph. 6:10-17), are spiritual. Here, on this real front line of conflicting worldviews and God-views, there is much togetherness in the Gospel by evangelical believers. ....
Together for the Gospel: Togetherness and the Real Front Line

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