> I'll answer if you'll answer a question. Do you think that because most
> baptist or fundamentalist churches are arminian in theology, that they are
> not Christians? Why or why not?
The gospel is the good news of salvation based on the blood and imputed righteousness of Christ alone. In the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed (Romans 1:17). Anyone who believes that any part of salvation is conditioned on the sinner is lost. Those who do not believe the gospel are lost (Mark 16:16). Those who are ignorant of the righteousness of God revealed in the gospel are lost (Romans 10:3). This includes all Arminians.
This is not saying that believing the true gospel is a prerequisite to salvation; it is saying that when God regenerates someone, He glorifies Himself by causing that person to believe the true gospel of salvation based on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ.
There are not many paths to God; there is only one. And if anyone preaches another gospel, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:8-9). If anyone does not abide in the doctrine of Christ, he does not have God (2 John 9).
God is glorified in the salvation of sinners when He manifests all His redemptive glory to their hearts. He will not have His saved ones spit in the face of His Son and dishonor His redemptive glory.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Marc D. Carpenter
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