Friday, May 16, 2014

What’s good for the Arminian is good for the Calvinist

One of the things the Arminians can’t get around, the splinter in their finger making itself painful to ignore, is when the Bible brings up predestination.
Because the Bible flat out says it, the best they can do when they see it is to scrape up a weak sauce argument about, “Well yes God predestined the church, but it’s not the individual people in the church. It's the establishment in general.” And of course the Calvinist comes along and demands where they got the notion that the church is something other than the people in it, and the whole thing falls flat. Similarly, I’ve also seen them say God predestined national Israel, but not the people in it, and the same humiliating answer is given by the Calvinist, “what is a nation if not a collection of individuals?” It’s a devastating rebuke.
 
The sore spot for the High Calvinist however is Limited Atonement. Since they don’t believe Christ made an atonement for all mankind, they can’t in good conscience say that God earnestly desires the salvation of all men. It’s with that weakness in mind that we come to Revelation 3:20-21, 
Behold I stand at the door and kock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” 
Here the anxious Calvinsits rushes in to explain, “it only looks as though He is calling to non-believers, but in fact He is knocking on the door of the church.” This is exactly what the MacAurthur footnote reads: “Rather than allowing for the common interpretation of Christ’s knocking on a person’s heart, the context demands that Christ was seeking to enter this church that bore His name but lacked a single true believer.”
 
Oh, you don’t say? Christ is knocking at the door of the church full of non-believers asking to be let in? But He’s not knocking on an indiviual heart, just knocking in general?
Well the Arminian can’t say it because then the game's up for him on predestination, but as a moderate Calvinist, I have no such scruples.

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