Dear Jim,

Thanks for responding! If you're affiliated with Ernie Reisinger, you will most certainly not like our Web site. We consider all Arminians to be lost, and we also consider all those who know what Arminianism is and yet say that Arminians are regenerate to be lost as well. Considering the following quotes from Reisinger:

From "A Lesson From Bunyan: On Truth's Friends and Foes" (The Founders Journal, Issue 27, Winter 1997):

<<We have seen Wild-Head in operation many times. Sometimes with his pen in hand. Sometimes behind the pulpit. Sometimes in private conversations or debate. We have seen him rush at the character of some saint who was just not enlightened, whose understanding was not as good as his Christian experience. Will Wild-Head never learn that truth apart from the Spirit will not develop Christian character? Grace and truth must be together. Mercy and truth must be together as they are in Jesus.

In this awful, confused and divided Church today we need great care, wisdom and charity in applying the truth as we have come to see and love it. I mean applying it as to time, manner and method.

What is one safeguard at this point? Not putting asunder what God has joined together. Mercy and truth, Psalm 85:10, 86:15, 89:14; Proverbs 14:22, 16:6, 20:28. Kindness and truth, and truth and love, Ephesians 4:15--"speak the truth in love." Grace and truth, John 1:14, 17--"Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Yes, He was full of "grace and truth." One great safeguard, therefore, is not putting asunder what God has joined together.

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Truth must be revealed to the heart by the Spirit in Christian growth, even as it was at conversion. We must remember that in the eyes of other Christians we differ from them as they differ from us.

May the Spirit help us to see with their eyes and feel with their hearts and sympathize with their principles--yes, and with their prejudices. I did not say compromise but sympathize, and agonize a little more in prayer for the Spirit to teach their hearts.

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How do we get along with those who are Christians yet hold some different views about the atonement or the application of the atonement? J. C. Ryle, John Brown, Richard Baxter and John Owen had different views. Many Christians are Arminians. How do we get along with them?

Bringing together Valiant-for-Truth, Christian charity, Christian unity and having a proper catholic spirit is the difficult part. How? How is always before us.

We cannot lend support nor sympathy to any error. We cannot countenance it or we will be betraying our Lord. There are always those easy-minded people who are ready to blink at error as long as it is committed by some clever or good-natured brother, one of those mush-mouthed men who have so many fine points about them.

At times we must put a fresh bolt on the door of truth. And at all times we must beware of sailing under the flag of peace and friendship in cooperation with God's servants when in reality we are robbing the God of truth.

The best way to promote unity is to promote truth. We will not be a friend of truth by yielding to each other's mistakes and errors. We are to love each other in Christ, but we are not to be so united that we are unable to see each other's faults and errors. And especially so united that we do not see our own faults.



We must keep our priorities in proper order. For example, on some truths no true Christians disagree: the deity of Christ, the trinity, the necessity of conversion, and so on.

Our attitude, actions and words about those Christians who differ with us should be Christian--Paul's attitude. "Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice" (Phil 1:15-18).

Paul did not intimate that he could join them. The Lord will accomplish His purpose. We must not deny the sovereignty of God in our attitude, actions or words about those who differ with us.

This is not to suggest that God blesses error; He is the God of Truth. He blesses the truth though it sometimes is mingled with the error.

We find ourselves in a perplexing situation at this present time. All true Christians desire to be catholic in their sympathies, gracious and generous in their relationship with other Christians. But there are some things we cannot accept. Because we have good feeling towards them and even thank God for what He is doing through them does not mean that we can join them in all that they do or teach. God forbid. This would be love at the expense of truth. This is not true love but false unity.

We must carefully, humbly and with great love and understanding point out why we cannot join them or cooperate with them. We often find ourselves with those of different backgrounds different Churches, different stages of doctrinal understanding. The question we should keep in our minds is this: "Who maketh me to differ from another and what have I gotten that I have not received?" (1 Cor. 4:7).

Be seekers after truth. Be lovers of the truth. Defenders of the truth--Valiant-for-Truth. Dispensers of the truth by life, lip and literature. Be mindful of the enemies from within as well as the enemies from without, especially Wild-Head, Inconsiderate and Pragmatic.>>

From "God's Will, Man's Will, and Free Will" (The Founders Journal, Issue 25, Summer 1996):

<<The subject of free-will was also at the bottom of Charles Finney's theological error and unbiblical evangelistic methods. The battle still exists between Reformed and Fundamentalist believers and their respective methods and message of evangelism. Every serious student of Scripture should understand how vitally important our subject in relation to other important doctrines of the Christian faith, such as, Total Depravity, Election, and Effectual Calling. A right view of free will profoundly effects your methods of evangelism.>>

From Reisinger's book review of John Gerstner's Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth:

<<The long awaited, long-expected, and much-needed work on Dispensationalism has arrived. I am most happy to write this little review, one reason being that I was held in the jaws of this warped system of theology for the first ten years of my Christian life. During that period I wore out three Scofield Bibles and was working on my fourth! For years I taught it with charts and maps.>>

And also consider these excerpts from some other writers in The Founders Journal:

From Roger Nicole's "Polemic Theology: How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us" (The Founders Journal, Issue 33, Summer 1998):

<<In the controversy between Calvinism and Arminianism, it must be understood that many Arminians (possibly almost all of them) believed that to affirm the complete sovereignty of God inevitably implies a rejection of any free will, power of decision, and even responsibility on the part of created rational beings, angelic or human. Their attachment to those features naturally leads them to oppose Calvinism as they understand it. It is imperative for the Calvinist controversialist to affirm and to prove that he does not, in fact, deny or reject these modalities of the actions and decisions of moral agents but that he or she undertakes to retain these--even though their logical relation to divine sovereignty remains shrouded in a mystery that transcends finite, human logic.

Similarly, the Calvinist should not glibly conclude that evangelical Arminians are abandoning the notion of divine sovereignty because they assert the freedom of the human will. It is plainly obvious that Arminians pray for the conversion of those yet unconverted and that they desire to recognize the Lordship of God. The Arminian will do well to emphasize this in discussion with Calvinists so as to provide a clearer perception of the actual stance of both parties. It is remarkable that committed Calvinists can sing without reservation many of the hymns of Charles and John Wesley, and vice versa that most Arminians do not feel they need to object to those of Isaac Watts, Augustus Toplady, or John Newton.>>

From Tom Ascol's "Do Doctrines Really Lead to Dunghill?" (The Founders Journal, Issue 29, Summer 1997):

<<Calvinism is a view of salvation, and indeed, of the whole world, which sees God as absolutely sovereign and man as absolutely responsible. It is not embarrassed by biblical words like predestine, elect, and purpose. Nor is it afraid of biblical words like choose, repent and believe. In a humanistic and man-centered age historic, evangelical Calvinism will often meet with strong, emotional opposition, because it insists that God, and God alone sits enthroned as sovereign over creation, providence and salvation. As Spurgeon said in his day, modern religionists hate such teaching.

But Christian brothers and sisters ought to be able to dialogue about these things in the spirit of grace and love. The place of Calvinism in our Baptist heritage is important, but it is not ultimately important. After all, our forefathers may have been wrong about what they believed concerning God's sovereignty in salvation. What is ultimately important is this: Is Calvinism true? Is it biblical? Dr. Estep gratuitously asserts that it is not. But such a dismissive attitude will not satisfy any thoughtful Christian who takes the Bible seriously. Verses like Rom. 9:18 ("Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens") and Eph. 1:4 ("He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world . . . ."), to cite only two of numerous such verses, mean something. Should not Bible-believing Christians be able to talk about the meaning of Scripture without resorting to name calling and misrepresentation?>>

From Mark E. Dever's book review of Richard A. Muller's God, Creation, and Providence in the Thought of Jacob Arminius: Sources and Directions of Scholastic Protestantism in the Era of Early Orthodoxy:

<<Personally, as a pastor with Reformed convictions, I found this book to be a telling intellectual journey, suggestive of the unwitting capitulations made by our Arminian brothers and sisters to secularism itself.>>

Obviously, Reisinger and those affiliated with him who believe that Arminians are regenerate do not know and believe the true gospel. They are yet dead in their sins. The only thing I can encourage you to do is to come out of Babylon, if the Lord be pleased to open your eyes.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Marc D. Carpenter


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