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A Prayer for World Missions
      A Prayer for World Missions Dr. Thomas O. Summers In his book The Golden Censer: An Essay on Prayer (1859), Thomas Summers defined prayer as, "The offering up of our desires to God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, by the help ... read more

A PRELIMINARY DEFENSE
      A PRELIMINARY DEFENSE OF PREVENIENT GRACE Steve Witzki The work of conversion is always initiated by the grace of God. John Wesley believed that God's prevenient grace was intended to be for all people. He said "the grace or love of God, whence com ... read more

AN ARMINIAN COVENANT THEOLOGY
      AN ARMINIAN COVENANT THEOLOGY Dr. Vic Reasoner Too many Arminians have pushed their tray through the theological cafeteria, accepting a helping of whatever sounded good. Before we accept all the popular theology of the celebrity teachers, we had bette ... read more

AND CAN IT BE?
       AND CAN IT BE? Vic Reasoner Charles Wesley wrote over 9000 hymns. He wrote his first hymn three days after he was saved and averaged one hymn every two days for the rest of his life. R. K. McGregor Wright wrote concerning “And Can ... read more

ARMINIUS, THE SCAPEGOAT OF CALVINISM
      ARMINIUS, THE SCAPEGOAT OF CALVINISM Dr. Vic Reasoner John Wesley observed that "to say, 'this man is an Arminian,' has the same effect on many hearers, as to say, 'This is a mad dog'" [Works, 10:358]. Richard Watson wrote that Arminius is acc ... read more

Arminius, the Scapegoat of Calvinism, part 2
      Arminius, the Scapegoat of Calvinism, Part 2 Dr. Vic Reasoner 1. Arminius is misrepresented concerning total depravity Lars Qualben in A History of the Christian Church states that Jacob Arminius and his followers taught "Man was not totally de ... read more

ARMINIUS, THE SCAPEGOAT OF CALVINISM, PART 3
      ARMINIUS, THE SCAPEGOAT OF CALVINISM, PART 3 Dr. Vic Reasoner In an essay entitled "What is an Arminian?" John Wesley raised this question, "How can any man know what Arminius held, who has never read one page of his writings?" Wesley proceeded ... read more

Calvinism and John Six: An Exegetical Response, Part One
      Calvinism and John Six: An Exegetical Response, Part One Steve Witzki Calvinist's believe that one of their strongest arguments for unconditional election, irresistible grace, and unconditional security is found in the Gospel of John chapter six. In ... read more

COURAGEOUS PREACHING
      COURAGEOUS PREACHING David Dewan "Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth" (John 17:17). "Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God" ( ... read more

Does God Have An Eraser?
      Does God Have An Eraser? Part 2 Dr. Vic Reasoner We have been considering six different attempt to explain Revelation 3:5 from those who hold to unconditional security. The first part of this article gave three interpretations; this half continues ... read more

DOES GOD HAVE AN ERASER? - part 1
      DOES GOD HAVE AN ERASER? Vic Reasoner Each of the seven letters in Revelation 2-3 closes with a promise to the overcomer. A popular teaching defines an overcomer as anyone who had truly trusted in Christ for salvation. Since all who have truly believe ... read more

Early Methodist Teaching on Water and Spirit Baptism
      Early Methodist Teaching on Water and Spirit Baptism Mr. Joseph D. McPherson During his short ministry, John the Baptist introduced Jesus as "he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit" (John 1:33). Before his ascension, Jesus himself promised his followe ... read more

FREE GRACE OR FORCED GRACE?
      FREE GRACE OR FORCED GRACE? Steve Witski In his well known sermon "Free Grace," John Wesley said that the "grace or love of God, whence cometh our salvation, is FREE IN ALL, and FREE FOR ALL" [Works, 7:373]. In this sermon he responded directly to ... read more

GOLDEN CHAIN or IRON PADLOCK?
      GOLDEN CHAIN or IRON PADLOCK? Dr. Vic Reasoner Romans 8:28-30 traces God's realized purpose through the order in which it was accomplished. Each verb in this order of salvation is in the aorist tense, which refers to completed action. Yet God's pl ... read more

HOW CAN I KNOW?
      HOW CAN I KNOW? A. J. Smith Have you ever heard people bemoan the fact that they did not know whether they were saved or not? I want to state that all who are truly born again have a conscious knowledge of it. It is clear from Scripture that the peo ... read more

Interpreting the Word Accurately
      Interpreting the Word Accurately 2 Timothy 2:15 Q: I have read some of the articles in The Arminian Magazine Index and find them inspiring and biblically sound. I am confused about a subject, "Second Blessing Holiness." In simple terms, can you ex ... read more

Is Perseverance in Faith Necessary to Obtain Final Salvation?
      Is Perseverance in Faith Necessary to Obtain Final Salvation? Steve Witzki "Final perseverance implies final faithfulness—he that endures to the end shall be saved—he that is faithful unto death shall have a crown of life. And will any man attempt ... read more

Jesus Christ, Savior of the World
      Jesus Christ, Savior of the World Rev. Andy Heer How do people view eschatology? Some people get all worked up and go in the ditch of panic, fear and speculation. They see the Beast around every new election. They get wrapped up in playing the dating ... read more

LOOKING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
      LOOKING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER Joseph D. McPherson In John 7:38-39 we read these words of Jesus: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which t ... read more

RECEIVING THE SPIRIT: Counsel from the Word
       RECEIVING THE SPIRIT: Counsel from the Word Gordon Cary In formulating our beliefs on receiving the Spirit, it is important that we rely, not simply on a few “proof texts,” but on the whole tenor and teaching of Scripture — esp ... read more

RESEARCH on REVIVAL
       RESEARCH on REVIVAL Rev. Mark Horton Most of us are not exempt from having presuppositions about how and when God comes and blesses his people. We hold mental pictures based on our education and experience that sum up what we have seen and know ... read more

SERVANT or SON?
       SERVANT or SON? by Joseph D. McPherson In his sermon entitled, On Faith, Mr. Wesley provides description of "several sorts of faith." He begins with that of a materialist, the lowest sort of faith, "if," as he says, "it be any f ... read more

The Brush Arbor
      The Brush Arbor Rev. Robert L. Brush The Witness of the Spirit "The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:l6). What is this dual or joint testimony that we are the children of God? We can di ... read more

The Cleansing of Initial Sanctification
      The Cleansing of Initial Sanctification Joseph D. McPherson While the holiness movement has placed much emphasis on the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit in entire sanctification, little is heard of the initial cleansing that takes place in salvatio ... read more

The Conversion and Cleansing of Pentecost
      The Conversion and Cleansing of Pentecost Vic Reasoner In The Preacher’s Perspective (6:28, Sept-Dec 2002), Jack Seaney wrote an editorial entitled “Pentecost, Conversion or Cleansing?” I was asked to reply to this editorial. I want to evaluate his ap ... read more

The Difference Salvation Makes
      The Difference Salvation Makes Jason Kranzusch I am often asked the question when preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ on street corners, campuses, and in various places, "Do you sin?" I will say, "I have sinned on occasion since I was born again ... read more

THE ENDURING QUALITY OF WESLEY'S THEOLOGY
      THE ENDURING QUALITY OF WESLEY'S THEOLOGY Mr. Joseph D. McPherson Jonathan Goforth, that great missionary and revivalist to China from 1887-1934, was once speaking in Toronto, Canada. Included in his remarks were some references to Mr. Wesley's te ... read more

THE FAITH FACTOR
      THE FAITH FACTOR Dr. Vic Reasoner If we are justified by faith, it should come as no surprise that the devil would attempt to redefine "faith." Saving faith has been reduced to a one-time decision for Christ. However, the New Testament teaches: ... read more

The Inadequate Historical Precedent for
      The Inadequate Historical Precedent for “Once Saved, Always Saved” Steve Witzki John Jefferson Davis wrote an article titled: “The Perseverance of the Saints: A History of the Doctrine” [Journal of Evangelical Theological Society 34:2 (June 1991)]. T ... read more

The Kingdom of Our Lord
      The Kingdom of Our Lord Rev. Andy Heer Typically and tragically modern Christians have no concept of Ascension Sunday. Too often it is ignored, neglected, overlooked or just written off as something dead liturgical churches do. However when we conside ... read more

The Meaning of Eternal Life and Who Possesses It
       The Meaning of Eternal Life and Who Possesses It Steve Witzki Many people have also misunderstood the meaning of “eternal life” as it is used in the Scriptures because they have listened to “once saved, always saved” teachers ... read more

The Promise of the Holy Spirit
      The Promise of the Holy Spirit Lance Fredrickson Is this promise of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 3:14 received at regeneration or at entire sanctification? In the Old Testament, a New Covenant was promised by God whereby he would pour out his S ... read more

THE SOVEREIGN CHRIST: Reflections on John 1:1-18
      THE SOVEREIGN CHRIST: Reflections on John 1:1-18 Joseph D. McPherson To all who have a vital and living faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, great comfort may be taken in the fact that from the very beginning He, the Logos or Christ, has governed the uni ... read more

TRANSFORMING GRACE
       TRANSFORMING GRACE by Vic Reasoner The Christian congregation in Rome would have been conspicuous by its lack of sacrificial ritual. In contrast to the Old Testament sacrifices, Paul explains in Romans 12:1-2 that we are to be a livi ... read more

Violence and Victory
      Violence and Victory Dr. Vic Reasoner The kingdom was established through Christ's atoning death, resurrection, and session. According to Matthew 11:11 and Luke 7:28, John the Baptist was not part of this kingdom, although he heralded its arrival. ... read more

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