Balance-Calvinism Vs. Arminianism

This article is not a debate as to which system is right. This is to give us insight to achieve a balanced response to both systems. I believe it was J. Edwin Orr who once said, "After reading the Bible for many years, I am convinced that it is a Calvinistic……….Arminian book."  His point?: The Bible does not submit to the cookie-cutter of either system. The Bible relates to the truths in each system while rejecting any errors in either one. These systems are, at best, a sincere attempt to discern what the Bible really teaches. These are men’s attempts and both have flaws. Should we scrap the systems? No! They stimulate (hopefully) healthy debate and study, to see what God’s Truth actually is. They exercise the mind to study carefully and thoroughly God’s Word. To that extent, they are useful. An example of what I am talking about is that the free will of man is allowed, albeit limited, "within" the Sovereignty of God. This exalts the Sovereignty of God without making man a robot. Draw from both systems that which is true! Remember the Bible is the final authority!  Selah! Think about and act on this verse: "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."   II Timothy 2:15      Ron

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