Friday, March 09, 2012

The Most Perplexing Spiritual Disease of All Time

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
A thoughtful person wrote: please explain the contrast between Calvinism and Arminianism. What practical effect does it have on our daily happiness?

Both were great blessings on the pathway of God's people through the centuries, successive steps out of the 1260 years of papal darkness. Both have been taught up until our present time by dedicated pastors who did the best they could with the ministry of preparing souls for the resurrection.

But in God's agenda for His church, there is growth in grace and in understanding. We "follow" Jesus--never stand still. He is leading His people to get ready for His second coming. "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Prov. 4:18). "The everlasting gospel" of Revelation 14:6-15 prepares a people for that time when John saw "a white cloud, and upon the cloud sat like unto the Son of man, ... the harvest of the earth is ripe." The second coming of Christ!

Arminianism tried to correct a misapprehension that grew out of Calvinism. Christ died for everybody and He wants everybody to be saved. Very true! Calvinism had drifted into the idea that some are predestinated to be lost. But Arminianism also said that the sacrifice of Christ does no one any good unless he believes. Sounds good, but "the everlasting gospel" is better news than that. When understood by the church, it delivers from the most perplexing spiritual disease of all time--lukewarmness (Rev. 3:14-21).

On His cross Christ actually redeemed the world, died "every man's" second death, gave him every blessing he has ever had including sunshine and rain and the gift of salvation. None will be lost who does not resist or disbelieve the truth.

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: March 4, 2005.
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