Discussion with an Arminian
I had a discussion with an Arminian last evening after the evening service. I found out that he denied eternal security when he mentioned a British preacher, David Pawson, who preaches a monstrous false gospel of works righteousness.
I am always careful about getting into debates and I especially dislike getting emotionall involved in them. Earlier in the week I had debated somebody who was an Ultradispensationalist, a fan of EW Bullinger. That was tedious. However, the subject of eternal security is one I could not pass.
The man said he had always believed that a Christian could be lost. That was a bad sign. If that is the case, he is probably a lost man. Arminianism is a different gospel, make no mistake. If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for a luxury apartment, you are not going to get a luxury apartment. If you believe in Christ for a conditional offer of eternal life, you will not get a conditional offer of eternal life. You will leave with nothing, as Anne Robinson says.
So unlike other debates I have with Christians over eschatology or ecclesiology, this was really serious. I kept the discussion going. I also made it clear that we were not simply talking about a minor doctrinal point. We were talking about two different gospels. Either one believed in the true gospel or a different gospel. Maybe that hurt the guy a bit, but I had to make clear the urgency of the issue. He took it well though.
I was quite pleased that I did not get ruffled. All these endless deebates in the blogsphere meant that I was ready for every single possible passage he might bring up. Even if he did not find my arguments convincing he saw that I had an answer for every passage on he could raise on the topic.