Finally someone has said it! For the full context see the fascinating thread on SharperIron. The “quote of the week” (a new thing that I have started this week and plan to continue for at least a week) is from Dr. Kevin Bauder in response to — well, I think you’ll gather what he was responding to. Read the quote here….
Incidentally, I do not take seriously the ebullitions of those who insist that they are neither Calvinistic or Arminian—including the diatribe of the writer whom you mention [John VanGelderen]. The dividing line between Calvinism and Arminianism runs through unconditional election. Affirm that election is personal and is not conditioned by foreseen faith and you are a Calvinist (or at least “Calvinistic”). Make election impersonal or condition it upon God’s foresight and you are Arminian. Only a failure of integrity or nerve will keep a Christian from embracing the label that accurately describes his position. This tendency becomes especially obnoxious when someone insists that he is simply a “Biblicist”—as if any of the parties really intended to adhere to a theological system that he knew was unsupported biblically. What makes a person either Calvinistic or Arminian is not adherence to a system, but the conclusions that he draws (ostensibly from the Bible) on the question of unconditional election. [emphasis mine]
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