Comments on Works of James Arminius, Vol. 1

The overrating of Arminius

Contrary to ccel's blurb advertising, Arminius's "theology" is really more "anthropology" & "philosophy" with manifestly little love for God on His own terms as a true lover of God and humble servant would do, rather using Him for man's sinful egotistical ends, in that his treatment of the matter conveniently avoids & evades a serious, legitimate treatment of the actual Word of God, especially Romans, chapters 8-11 of which are the sure graveyard of any foolish synergists like Arminius who vainly try to navigate its robust "God-infested" (Psalm 18:26 "with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.") waters that sink all comers. He simply cannot honestly and faithfull exegete those chapters (having to import estraneous material vainly to attempt to overthrow the actual text) lest his entire system of egotistical, James 4:4 idolatrous, adulteress, man-centered disputation is upended for the vain & arrogant fraud it really is, the main thing keeping such vile, antiBiblical and ungodly notions of man's "free will"
(which God's Word and true and faithful and Biblical expositors like Luther (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/luther/bondage) & Jonathan Edwards (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/edwards/will.html) reject)
so popular being gross ego & Biblical illiteracy, for no one who has an extensive versus a superficial knowledge of Scripture buys the lie of man versus God having free will (see Dr. Morey's multipart series on so-called "'free' will" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV8FErh9iAM showing how only one truly can have such, the creator or the creature, not both), as God's Word makes plain
1. about Pharaoh in Exodus 4:21ff "And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go."
2. about Rehoboam in 1Kings 12:15 So the king hearkened not unto the people; for it was a thing brought about of Jehovah, that he might establish his word, which Jehovah spake by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
and 3. about everyone involved with the crucifixion in Acts 4:27-28, "for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place."
Man is a puny creature God miraculously condescends to love ultimately for the sake of His own glory as the Lord made the apostles understand, Luke 17:10 "So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do." that they not sin the sin of Jeremiah 2:13 " For my people have committed two evils; [1] they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and [2] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
Arminius was sadly an unstable and irrational weak man in the middle of the war for Dutch independence whereby synergists so unsettled and perverted his Reformed theology as to lead him into his gross antiBiblical errors for which he sadly became an infamous champion. Please God that in Christ his sins are atoned for like the rest of us to be welcomed to the marriage feast of the Lamb celebrated for all Christ's Body that Jonathan Edwards understood vastly better.
See www.desiringGod.org and www.hopeinGod.org for their many resources for a faithful declaration of these principles. Soli Deo Gloria!




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