Friday, May 30th, 2008 | Author:

Here are links to the latest edition of the debate that continues to rage on, lo these many centuries:

Dictionary for Calvinists
(written by an Arminian)

Dictionary of Arminian Terms
(written by a Calvinist)

If you happened to read my sermon on The Church, you know that I have a problem with both traditions, so this sarcastic “humor” is not a surprise.

To my mind, the Arminians took one half of the Bible and built a doctrine on it. The Calvinists took the other half to build a contrary doctrine. Both have dug their heels in and declared that real Christianity is routed in their tradition. But you know what Jesus said about tradition, don’tcha?

“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” He was also saying to them, “You nicely set aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.” Mark 7:8-9

So my suggestion is that we throw out all the tradition and the creeds and doctrinal statements. I know this is a radical idea, but if we actually let “The Holy Scriptures be our only rule of faith and practice”, as almost every church proclaims they do, I have the faith that the Holy Spirit is quite capable of guiding us – even untrained and uneducated people like me … and Peter and John. (Acts 4:13)

In fact, I think we’d all be better off if we just completely did away with denominations. As He did in the letters to the churches in Revelation, I believe Jesus speaks directly to a given church in a given location – no national or regional headquarters needed to filter the information.

If the local church doesn’t rely on Jesus Christ to guide them, does it even qualify as Christianity?

For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
Acts 20:27

There. Now I’ve got everybody mad at me.

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