Jacob Arminius – Part 5

Despite that perhaps surprisingly peaceful statement, Arminius was still disturbed by the Calvinist system.  That prompted him to call for a national conference to seek to resolve the conflicts.  He also wanted two key Calvinistic documents to be examined: the Belgic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism.  When the council finally met, it was nine years after Arminius’ death.  Interestingly, Arminius was in good standing with the Dutch Reformed Church at the time of his death.  In reflecting on the life of Arminius, the two key elements of his theological system were that Christ died for all (as opposed to the Calvinist view that Jesus only died for the elect) and that individuals can resist grace, even to the point of losing their salvation.  The influence of Arminius’ theology can be seen in some other important characters in church history, including John Wesley, who became the founder of Methodism.

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Author: Daniel

I am a Christian who is seeking to build God's Kingdom.