Classical Arminianism

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This book is a valuable contribution to the Arminian-Calvinist debate. Forlines and Pinson have worked together to provide a good resource from an Arminian interpretation. Forlines is known for his work on this subject having previously published "Quest for Truth" with Randall House in 2001. This new book takes the content related to the doctrine of salvation from that original work arranging it in logical order in a more reader-friendly fashion. Pinson added his introduction to the work and edited the content ...
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Overview

This book is a valuable contribution to the Arminian-Calvinist debate. Forlines and Pinson have worked together to provide a good resource from an Arminian interpretation. Forlines is known for his work on this subject having previously published "Quest for Truth" with Randall House in 2001. This new book takes the content related to the doctrine of salvation from that original work arranging it in logical order in a more reader-friendly fashion. Pinson added his introduction to the work and edited the content related to the doctrine of salvation. This is an excellent resource for study of the Arminian view for those seeking to defend their theological position.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780892656073
  • Publisher: Randall House Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 879,948
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction J. Matthew Pinson iv

Chapter 1 Human Nature, Total Depravity, and the Image of God 1

Chapter 2 The Theology of Election 35

Chapter 3 Proof Texts for Unconditional Election: Romans 9 97

Chapter 4 Proof Texts for Unconditional Election: Other Texts 147

Chapter 5 Scriptural Support for Conditional Election 169

Chapter 6 The Nature of Atonement and Justification 199

Chapter 7 The Condition of Salvation 251

Chapter 8 Sanctification 273

Chapter 9 The Perseverance of the Saints 303

Chapter 10 Apostasy and Assurance: Doctrinal and Practical Considerations 33

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    A Classic Arminian Treasure Chest!

    This massive systematic theology by F. Leroy Forlines is a godsend to Christians everywhere. It is designed to accurately portray what Classical (Reformed) Arminianism is and to show how biblically faithful and theologically accurate this system is to the various subfields within theology. There are a few chapters that I find most commendable about this book, which are revealed below. First, in chapter two, Forlines discusses "the three basic assumptions of Calvinism": (1) the sovereignty of God necessitates unconditional election; (2) total depravity eliminates a human response of faith in salvation; and (3) the free gift of salvation destroys conditional election. Contrary to the three basic assumptions, Classical Arminianism posits that the sovereignty of God does not necessitate unconditional election, but makes it possible. The question is not, "What is God sovereign enough to do?" but "What has God in His sovereignty decided to do?". Since the choice is up to God regarding how He saves individuals, He could choose to save them by His own choice (unconditional election) or to save them by the condition of faith (conditional election). Either way, the choice is God's---and we should glean the Scriptures to discover the nature of God's sovereign choice. As for Calvinistic assumption #2, total depravity does not eliminate a human response of faith; rather, it allows the human response of faith. There is no contradiction involved in man being unable to save himself and God choosing to enable man to believe the gospel and exercise faith in Christ. With Calvinistic assumption #3 (the free gift of salvation eliminates conditional election), this is not the case. What does the word free mean? Calvinists argue that the free gift excludes conditional election because they interpret free to mean "without condition" or "without work." Calvinists equate "condition" and "work"; Arminians, however, disagree. The Scriptures themselves point to faith in God as the condition which justifies man before God...but faith itself is not a work (see Romans 4). For the Classic Arminian, then, free means "apart from works or human merit." It seems to me at least that this is the consistent message of Scripture itself. Another strength of Professor Forlines's work is his chapter titled "Proof Texts for Unconditional Election: Romans 9." This is where Forlines proves himself to be a theological genius. Having written his Master of Theology thesis on "Jesus and the Pharisees" at the Chicago Graduate School in 1970, Forlines was able to gather great insight on the contextual background of Romans 9. This chapter (Chapter 3) of Forlines's work is a unique and significant contribution to any proper discussion of soteriology. I have never ever read a chapter like this in the 80-100 plus works I have encountered on the Calvinism/Arminianism debate. Finally, since Classic Arminians are infamously known for their espousal of the doctrine of apostasy, Forlines answers the question "Can I hold to apostasy and yet, simultaneously maintain assurance of my salvation?" (chapter 10). I highly recommend this book and am thankful that the name of James Arminius is being cleared, both with this work, and Arminius's own systematic theology.

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