The Heart of the Arminian/Calvinist Debate

Posted: June 18, 2011 in books, calvinism, election, faith, puritans, quotes, soteriology, theology

Now the Calvinist contends that the Arminian idea of election, redemption and calling as acts of God which do not save cuts at the very heart of their biblical meaning; that to say in the Arminian sense that God elects believers, and Christ died for all men, and the Spirit quickens those who receive the word, is really to say that in the biblical sense God elects nobody, and Christ died for nobody, and the Spirit quickens nobody…This, and nothing less than this, is what the Arminian controversy is about.

– J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness, p. 132

  1. I didn’t live in a communist/socialist country in South America for 15 years for nothing. At least I can reconize doublespeak when I see it. Nice try Matt! Heartily, DDC; {MATT. 5.16}

  2. Matt Tully says:


    I’m not sure I understand what you are getting at, especially when you talk about “doublespeak.” Can you clarify?

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