I have just recently placed a piece regarding this issue on my website. If anyone is interested in reading it and then commenting here, please do. http://churchianityorthecrossxstudies.weebly.com/calvinism-arminianism-or-a-third-option.html
_________________James D. Lashley
Dear Brother,On this issue I believe that we over-complexize it every time we attach a long string of doctrinal theological beliefs. Paul the Apostle never does this though he was capable intellectually to explain every mode and nuance of salvation. Rather he makes it crystal clear how simple salvation is to define. CHRIST IN YOU IS THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPELColossians 1:27: "To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which[d] is Christ in you, the hope of glory."Colossians 1:28: "Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus."CHRIST IN YOU FREES YOU FROM SINRomans 8:10: "And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness."CHRIST IN YOU IS YOUR ETERNAL SECURITY2 Corinthians 13:5: "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?unless indeed you are disqualified."The apostles saw the Gospel as a person: The Lord Jesus Christ not simply a doctrinal string of points. Such thinking would have been foreign to the apostles. So from my vantage point I do not see 2, 3, 4 or more options theologically, I see only one and that is the Person of Jesus Christ Himself. Him is whom we must believe, he is a living Son of God and by His Spirit He indwells us and gives us life and directs us. Though we also have the written word of God without the Spirit of God directing us we will still not be able to obey or hear God's voice and direction.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Indeed, the Gospel in and of itself is the epitome of simplicity. And I would not use trivial theological concepts to cloud that fact. As I state in my article, there are some hills I will not die on. When it comes to such things as 'limited/unlimited atonement' I won't suffer a papercut. But, I will give up my life for the 'Deity of Christ'.
But, I will give up my life for the 'Deity of Christ'.
Hi Ron, great thought!! brother Ron wrote///would I as readily lay down my life for a brother who holds to some different doctrine than I do?If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (1 John 4:20)In Christ,Ron///
The only option; "Christ in you the hope of glory".In Christ: Phillip