The miserable comfort of Arminian assurance
Armianians such as Wesley have often, surprisingly, had much to say about assurance.
Sometimes, Arminians (who reject eternal security) will boast that they can offer more assurance than the consistent Calvinist. Though the Calvinist will be saved in the end if he is among the elect, he may turn out to be merely a false professor and fall away. It is possible that the Arminian is right and he can have more assurance that at the present time she is truly a child of God (not that she necessarilly is).
However, this is surely the most miserable comfort of all. What good is it to me now to know I am a child of God this moment if I may yet spend the vastness of eternity in the lake of fire?
Supposing a man were on trial for some crime. Imagine if I said to him:
You should rejoice! You are a free man! You are innocent in the eyes of the law until you are found guilty!
What a comfort to him to know that he was under no condemnation until the court should find him guilty and send him to prison for the rest of his life!