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A Prayer for World Missions

A Prayer for World Missions Dr. Thomas O. Summers In his book The Golden Censer: An Essay on Prayer (1859), Thomas Summers defined prayer as, "The offering up of our desires to God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, by the help of his Spirit, with confession of our sins and th... Read More

A PRELIMINARY DEFENSE

A PRELIMINARY DEFENSE OF PREVENIENT GRACE Steve Witzki The work of conversion is always initiated by the grace of God. John Wesley believed that God's prevenient grace was intended to be for all people. He said "the grace or love of God, whence cometh our salvation, is FREE IN ALL, and FREE FOR ALL.... Read More

AN ARMINIAN COVENANT THEOLOGY

AN ARMINIAN COVENANT THEOLOGY Dr. Vic Reasoner Too many Arminians have pushed their tray through the theological cafeteria, accepting a helping of whatever sounded good. Before we accept all the popular theology of the celebrity teachers, we had better determine upon what presuppositions their teach... Read More

AND CAN IT BE?

AND CAN IT BE? Vic Reasoner Charles Wesley wrote over 9000 hymns. He wrote his first hymn three days after he was saved and averaged one hymn every two days for the rest of his life. R. K. McGregor Wright wrote concerning “And Can It Be,” that it was “a rousing testimony to the wonder and power of G... Read More

ARMINIUS, THE SCAPEGOAT OF CALVINISM

ARMINIUS, THE SCAPEGOAT OF CALVINISM Dr. Vic Reasoner John Wesley observed that "to say, 'this man is an Arminian,' has the same effect on many hearers, as to say, 'This is a mad dog'" [Works, 10:358]. Richard Watson wrote that Arminius is accused of introducing corruptions into the Christian church... Read More

Arminius, the Scapegoat of Calvinism, part 2

Arminius, the Scapegoat of Calvinism, Part 2 Dr. Vic Reasoner 1. Arminius is misrepresented concerning total depravity Lars Qualben in A History of the Christian Church states that Jacob Arminius and his followers taught "Man was not totally depraved and could therefore co-operate with God in the sp... Read More

ARMINIUS, THE SCAPEGOAT OF CALVINISM, PART 3

ARMINIUS, THE SCAPEGOAT OF CALVINISM, PART 3 Dr. Vic Reasoner In an essay entitled "What is an Arminian?" John Wesley raised this question, "How can any man know what Arminius held, who has never read one page of his writings?" Wesley proceeded to offer this advice, "Let no man bawl against Arminian... Read More

Calvinism and John Six: An Exegetical Response, Part One

Calvinism and John Six: An Exegetical Response, Part One Steve Witzki Calvinist's believe that one of their strongest arguments for unconditional election, irresistible grace, and unconditional security is found in the Gospel of John chapter six. In reading Calvinist interpretations on this passage ... Read More

COURAGEOUS PREACHING

COURAGEOUS PREACHING David Dewan "Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth" (John 17:17). "Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God" (Acts 20:26-27). These two statements declare the impo... Read More

Does God Have An Eraser?

Does God Have An Eraser? Part 2 Dr. Vic Reasoner We have been considering six different attempt to explain Revelation 3:5 from those who hold to unconditional security. The first part of this article gave three interpretations; this half continues with three more: • The "book of life" and the "Lamb'... Read More

DOES GOD HAVE AN ERASER? - part 1

DOES GOD HAVE AN ERASER? Vic Reasoner Each of the seven letters in Revelation 2-3 closes with a promise to the overcomer. A popular teaching defines an overcomer as anyone who had truly trusted in Christ for salvation. Since all who have truly believed in Christ are overcomers, all who have truly be... Read More

Early Methodist Teaching on Water and Spirit Baptism

Early Methodist Teaching on Water and Spirit Baptism Mr. Joseph D. McPherson During his short ministry, John the Baptist introduced Jesus as "he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit" (John 1:33). Before his ascension, Jesus himself promised his followers that they would "be baptized with the Holy Spiri... Read More

FREE GRACE OR FORCED GRACE?

FREE GRACE OR FORCED GRACE? Steve Witski In his well known sermon "Free Grace," John Wesley said that the "grace or love of God, whence cometh our salvation, is FREE IN ALL, and FREE FOR ALL" [Works, 7:373]. In this sermon he responded directly to the Calvinist teachers of the day that taught that G... Read More

GOLDEN CHAIN or IRON PADLOCK?

GOLDEN CHAIN or IRON PADLOCK? Dr. Vic Reasoner Romans 8:28-30 traces God's realized purpose through the order in which it was accomplished. Each verb in this order of salvation is in the aorist tense, which refers to completed action. Yet God's plan may be aborted at any point, just as the six steps... Read More

HOW CAN I KNOW?

HOW CAN I KNOW? A. J. Smith Have you ever heard people bemoan the fact that they did not know whether they were saved or not? I want to state that all who are truly born again have a conscious knowledge of it. It is clear from Scripture that the people who lived and pleased God in Bible times had a ... Read More

Interpreting the Word Accurately

Interpreting the Word Accurately 2 Timothy 2:15 Q: I have read some of the articles in The Arminian Magazine Index and find them inspiring and biblically sound. I am confused about a subject, "Second Blessing Holiness." In simple terms, can you explain what this means? Although those who are truly b... Read More

Is Perseverance in Faith Necessary to Obtain Final Salvation?

Is Perseverance in Faith Necessary to Obtain Final Salvation? Steve Witzki "Final perseverance implies final faithfulness—he that endures to the end shall be saved—he that is faithful unto death shall have a crown of life. And will any man attempt to say that he who does not endure to the end, and i... Read More

Jesus Christ, Savior of the World

Jesus Christ, Savior of the World Rev. Andy Heer How do people view eschatology? Some people get all worked up and go in the ditch of panic, fear and speculation. They see the Beast around every new election. They get wrapped up in playing the dating game. Most are smart enough to avoid setting a sp... Read More

LOOKING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER

LOOKING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER Joseph D. McPherson In John 7:38-39 we read these words of Jesus: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the H... Read More

RECEIVING THE SPIRIT: Counsel from the Word

RECEIVING THE SPIRIT: Counsel from the Word Gordon Cary In formulating our beliefs on receiving the Spirit, it is important that we rely, not simply on a few “proof texts,” but on the whole tenor and teaching of Scripture — especially Luke, John, Acts, Romans. John 14-16 are all about Jesus’ predict... Read More

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