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