<<What do I mean by calvinist litmus test? just this, that when we presumptively take the position that any who disagree with our previously established orthodoxy they must be heretics, we have established our orthodoxy as the Supreme Standard rather than the Bible.>>
THE BIBLE is the ONLY standard. THE BIBLE states that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel (Romans 1:17). THE BIBLE states that those who do not believe the gospel are lost (Mark 16:16). THE BIBLE states that those who are ignorant of the righteousness of God revealed in the gospel are lost (Romans 10:3). THE BIBLE states that those who preach another gospel are accursed (Galatians 1:8-9). THE BIBLE states that if anyone does not abide in the doctrine of Christ, he does not have God (2 John 9). THE BIBLE states that if anyone will speak peace to one who believes a false gospel, then he, too, is evil (2 John 11).
Previously established orthodoxy? You bet. It's previously established IN THE BIBLE. And THE BIBLE states that if ANYONE deviates from this previously established orthodoxy, he is LOST.
It is my contention that all who believe any of the doctrines of Arminianism are lost, because they do not believe THE GOSPEL which is revealed in THE BIBLE. They believe in salvation conditioned on the sinner. Notice that I am NOT saying that all who believe any of the doctrines of Arminianism are lost because they do not follow the system of a man. Let me be perfectly clear: those who believe in partial depravity, conditional election, universal atonement, resistible grace, and/or conditional perseverance are as LOST as LOST can be -- because they do not believe THE GOSPEL.
So let's talk about exactly what makes up this previously established orthodoxy that is found in THE BIBLE -- this orthodoxy that EVERY TRUE BELIEVER believes.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Marc D. Carpenter
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