Arminianism is a wide category of Evangelical Christianity that focuses on free will, full sanctification, and the Trinity of God. Arminias, for whom it is named, was a major influence on John Wesley, the father of Methodism.
I don't think it is in the bible. It is supposed to be a religion, but it was taught by
Jacob Arminius who did not agree with Calvinism. I don't really understand it.
Arminianism is "free will" theology according to Joseph (Jacobus) Arminius. It is the classic antithesis of Calvinism (predestination). Basically, in American terms, it is the difference between a Methodist and a Presbyterian.
Not really, though, because most people aren't worried about that stuff. Both concepts are true. That's the rub. We don't get it, because God's ways are not our ways. Often we are at a loss for satisfying explanations.
This can get confusing among Baptists. It depends on the Baptist who you are talking to. You can open a can of worms if you bring it up at the ice cream social.
Here's a good URL to describe it: http://www.theopedia.com/Arminianism
Two problems with it...John 15:16 where Jesus says, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you" and all of Ephesians ch. 1. Oh, yeah, Ephesians 2:1 says we're "born dead in our trespasses and sins"...ever see a physical corpse move itself? Instead of 'free will,' Christians should talk about 'freed will'...we don't HAVE to sin...really is another example of God's grace to us.
Bible is biblical, all else is mixed with our interpretation of it. If I choose by my free will to be a Calvinist - Calvinist I become, yet if through some irreconcilable differences or some other arguments someone convinces me that to be Arminian is to be more "on the love side of the loving God", then Arminian I become. According to Calvinists - they are predestined from all eternity to be Calvinists. According to Arminians, they (as Arminians) exerciced their free will in choosing whatever doctrine they thought is best for their salvation. But in the same time any Arminian (by opinion of a strong Calvinist) will some day come to the fulness of truth as he once came, or better to say as God once chose to reveal it to him and hide it from the Arminian. Why? Because Calvinists don't believe in the exercise of the free will.
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