Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Arminians and Calvinists Can Work Together, Wrote Prominent Calvinist
That has been my experience in my reading. My favorite Calvinist authors--Spurgeon, Packer, Piper--seem unable to avoid strong language at times when it comes to Arminians.
In all fairness, I'm sure my dad's statement is not a universal rule. In fact, I know it's not. My senior pastor is a Calvinist, and we've worked well together for 16 years.
But boy did I get a blessing when I came across this comment of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quoted in his biography:
"I have always asserted and argued as strongly as I could that evangelicals should not separate on the question of Calvinism and Arminianism."
Fantastic! Lloyd-Jones was a great preacher of the last century and a strong Calvinist.
He went on to write, "In the IVF [Inter Varsity Fellowship], both here in Great Britain and on the international level, Arminians and Calvinists work most happily and harmoniously together, and it is my privilege to co-operate with all such ..." (Iain H. Murray, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Fight of Faith 1939-1981, 230).
I completely agree that we can work together. As my senior pastor and I have discussed it, if someone is not walking with Christ, we may disagree about whether that person was ever saved, but we both have the same goal and prayer, that s/he will walk with Christ now.