Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Videos on Arminianism, Calvinism, Lutheranism and the EFCA

In January, I was able to attend a mini-conference hosted by Trinity called "Soteriological Essentials and the 'Significance of Silence': Arminianism, Calvinism, Lutheranism and the EFCA." That's a fancy way of saying 3 views on salvation that are all within the bounds of our EFCA statement of faith.

These are videos from that mini-conference with professors outlining the 3 views and interacting with each other. It's not a debate but a discussion. I found the whole thing stimulating and helpful especially hearing from representatives of the views different from the one I hold. I've listened to the presentations once already since attending, and it helped me in preparing to preach on Romans 9.

Greg Strand with Introductions

Arminianism with Tom McCall

Calvinism with D.A. Carson

Lutheranism with David Luy

Panel Discussion


I haven't watched all of this, but it seems like a very healthy thing to do. The Creeds just don't deal with soteriology and that, ultimately, is the core of the need for the Reformation. How much the Reformers over-corrected is debatable, but the method of the early church was to seek consensus. We all agree Christ Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone - the only issue really is how sovereignty and free will fit together under that general agreement. As you know I do agree with the Arminians that central question is God's character not being impugned by emphasizing his sovereignty and glory to the degree that his love and justice cease to make sense. But I still value Calvinists like Carson and of course Francis Schaeffer and count them as Orthodox brothers. Even Matt Mitchell!

Glad to hear that we're still brothers, Dan!

I appreciate being in a family of churches that is able to discuss this together in a healthy way.