In one of my previous posts I said that I believe, in contradiction to other Hyper-Calvinists, that Arminians are saved and our brothers and sisters in Christ. However, I have come to change my mind concerning Arminianism, as I believe that because of the violence it does against the doctrine of God (the subject of theology proper), soteriology, the doctrine of sin, and anthropology one must condemn Arminianism as heretical and an issue over which one ought to break Christian fellowship of any kind. This comes from a consideration of the doctrines of Inclusivism and Exclusivism. The position one takes on these important matters of doctrine is definitional to Christian fellowship. It is my firm conviction that if Christian fellowship is granted to the Arminian, it should be granted to the Mormon. Let’s define our terms:
Inclusivism: the doctrine that some beliefs are less true than the absolutely true beliefs; however, those less true beliefs will allow you to enter heaven
Exclusivism: there is only one way to heaven which requires proper beliefs in the proper subjects and objects
Exclusivism is the explicit statement of Scripture. The importance of dogmatics is not to be understated. Paul states that there is “one faith” in Ephesians 4:5 and that we should “watch your life and doctrine” in 1 Timothy 4:16. Paul even goes so far as to say that “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” in Galatians 1:8. What does Arminianism affirm exactly that requires us to break fellowship with them? Arminianism affirms five doctrines that are in direct contradiction to the teaching of Scripture.
1. Radical depravity – man is fallen but still has free will
2. Conditional election – there is a condition in man that allows him to become elect
3. Unlimited Atonement – Christ’s death was for all individual men
4. Resistable Grace – God’s graces woos those dead in trespasses and sins but may be resisted
5. Conditional Perserverance – Perserverance is conditioned on the desire to persevere
Each of these points is directly contrary to the five points of Calvinism accumulated under the acronym TULIP. TULIP is Scriptural, and its denial is a denial of the clear teaching of the word of God. This denial is heresy and should commend Christians to sever fellowship with Arminians.