A Synthesis of Sovereignty - A Synthesis of Sovereignty Dean Hawkins ENG-104-06 Professor Prokop 16 April 2013 ABSTRACT The ongoing debate between

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A Synthesis of Sovereignty Dean Hawkins ENG-104-06 Professor Prokop 16 April 2013
ABSTRACT
The ongoing debate between Arminianists and Calvinists has sparked one of the most heated controversies in the history of the Christian church. While each side of the argument presents considerable evidence from Scripture, neither party has it completely right; rather, truth lies in between these two seemingly polarized ideologies, in a so-called “synthesis” of the two. God’s Word provides a variety of passages that lead us to believe that, while God is sovereign over all creation, it was His intention to grant humanity free will in choosing whether or not to follow Him regardless of the Holy Spirit’s work in us. Believers are elected as they choose to devote their lives to Christ, as God’s foreknowledge determines His choice; however, this does not mean we control God’s decisions. The world is in an inevitable course toward God’s ultimate plan, regardless of our actions. Even though we are not technically “predestined” to follow Christ, it was Christ who was “predestined” for us. Once Arminianists and Calvinists realize that neither side of the discussion has all the right answers, the church can begin working toward unification more than ever before. Table of Contents
Biblical truth encompasses both the free will of man and the sovereignty of God…...….1 Definition of Calvinism……………………………………………………….….….……2 Definition of Arminianism……………………………………………….…….….……...5 Infallibility of Scripture…………………………………………………….….…………6 Biblical Support for Arminianism………………………………………….….…….……7 Biblical Support for Calvinism…………………………………………..…….…….……8 Character of God………………………………………….………..….………….……..10 Definition of Election……………………………….…………….….………….………12 Implications……………………………………………….……….……………..………15 A Synthesis of Sovereignty
Theologians are dumb. This incredibly provocative statement may be hyperbolic, but it rings with an uneasy truth. Theologians in the Christian church go through years of seminary, studying, and exegetical paper-writing to gain a vast knowledge of the Scriptural texts and the truth behind them. Although they certainly do not lack in knowledge, many theologians fall short in the practical and applicatory side of theology. As a theology major, it is incredibly easy to become swept away in the finer, more theoretical points of Christian doctrine rather than the basics of the gospel that we so often forget. It is basic biblical teaching that the church was never meant to be divided; anyone capable of using Google can find a multitude of Bible verses like Romans 12:4-5: “ 4

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