|A number of doctrinal issues have come to our
attention during recent years.
Firstly, there is a general departure from the teaching of early
A study of history as we have on this site reveals the original
teaching of Methodism to be Bible-based.
Various influences in the 21st century reveal a departure from
Secondly, we frequently find comments by calvinists regarding what
they suppose to be "arminianism", dismissing this as "heresy".
These criticisms usually show ignorance of true arminian teaching,
as well as the comparisons and common ground between calvinism and
The Wesleyan account of arminianism is a good starting point. And a
knowledge of history, putting doctrinal statements in context, helps
We do not claim Wesleyan teaching as the "last word"
about arminianism. But it is an excellent starting point, and the
main points are easily grasped.
The following extract from the Preface to John Wesley's "Sermons
on Several Occasions" is an excellent summary of how to approach
the Bible. This is worth learning by heart, at least the main points if
Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end He came
from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. O give
me that book! At any price, give me the book of God!
I have it; here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo
unius libri. (A man of one book.)
Here then I am, far from the busy ways of men. I sit down
alone; only God is here. In His presence I open, I read His
book; for this end, to find the way to heaven.
Is there a doubt concerning what I read? Does anything appear
dark or intricate? I lift up my heart to the Father of Lights:
"Lord, is it not Thy word, 'If any man lack wisdom, let him ask
of God'? Thou 'givest liberally and upbraidest not.'
Thou hast said, 'If any be willing to do Thy will, he shall know.'
I am willing to do, let me know, Thy will."
I then search after and compare parallel passages of Scripture,
'comparing spiritual things with spiritual.' I then meditate
thereon with all the attention and earnestness of which my mind is
capable. If any doubt still remains, I consult those who are
experienced in the things of God; and then the writings whereby,
being dead, they yet speak.
And what I thus learn, that I teach .
|| - named
after Jean Calvin, an Augustinian monk who formulated Protestant
teachings in his
Institutes of Religion
account of calvinism, taking note of variations, and checked with
leading calivinist theologians, is found in
What Love Is This
by Dave Hunt,
The Berean Call
|| - named after Jacobus Arminius,
a Dutch Reformed pastor who set out to teach calvinism, but found
that some tenets of calvinism did not agree with the Bible.
He died in 1610 before he had properly published his theology. His
work was published soon afterwards by a group of about 35 Dutch
Reformed pastors who went on to spread what became known as "arminianism".
arminianism is a refinement of calvinism in the light of the Bible