Armininus (1560-1609CE)

Arminius was a Deutch theologian who criticised the Calvinist doctrine of predestination. His idea is that God gives us Grace that removes the taint of The Fall thus allowing humans to choose God out of their own free will. This is done through via the Holy spirit enabling people who want to find God to do so.

Arminius calls this grace 'preventing'.

Prevenient Grace is so called as it is grace which is availible to both believers and non-believers, which is enough for salvation.

It allows believers and non-believers, if they will to be saved, or not.

Unlike Calvin, Arminius said that the election of believers was conditional on faith and found calvins ideology that there was an unconditional election absurd. Calvin did accept there was an elect however humans have free will so others can choose faith and achieve salvation. Armininus extended Jesus's atonement to all. Also because humans have free will, humans can choose to resist God's Grace. So there is a possiblilty of apostasy

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Five Articles of Remonstrance





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Conditional Election

Election is conditionalon faith in Christ. Those people will be saved.

Biblical Support:

John 3:36:

"Whoever believes in the son has eternal , but whoever rejects the son will not see life, for God's  wrath remains on them"

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Unlmited Atonement

All who believe will be saved

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 2:2

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

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Total Depravity

We cannot achieve salvation without help from God's Grace. We must be born again.

John 15:5

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do anything.

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Resiatable Grace

We need Grace for salvation but we can resist it

Acts 7:51 (Stephen before the sanherdrin)

You are just like yoour ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the RIghteous One. Ajd now you have betrayed and murdered him

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Evil Can be resisted

Apostasy (to abandons one's religious faith) is possible but if a person has faith in christ it can be resisted.

John 10:25-28

Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Fathers name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one willsnatchthem out of my hand,

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