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Re: [Wesleyan Theology] Rediscovering John Wesley by Winfield Bevins...

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  • John Earp
    While it is certainly true that all (consistent) Arminians affirm the possibility of personal apostacy, it seems to me that rather than being a source of
    Message 1 of 27 , Sep 4, 2006
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      While it is certainly true that all (consistent)
      Arminians affirm the possibility of personal apostacy,
      it seems to me that rather than being a source of
      constant worry about *losing* one's salvation, this
      plainly scriptural perspective is basically designed
      to keep before us the constant calling (and privilege)
      of being a truly holy-in-Christ disciple as is plainly
      taught in the Gospels (and throughout the NT for that
      matter). It need only be a source of mental and
      emotional stress for those who have not truly been
      crucified with Christ, who do not wish to walk the
      difficult and narrow way that leads to life eternal.

      The one who is truly crucified with Christ sees
      nothing in himself that could ever possibly deserve
      anything like heaven, nor anything different from
      hell. The one who remains committed to selfishness
      certainly sees any call to truly holy (sin-free)
      living as an impossibly onerous burden, while the
      truly sanctified see it as an unspeakable joy and
      delight to live absolutely committed to the One who
      freely suffered for us.

      My 2c,

      John Earp
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