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Arminianism allows only for the governmental theory of the atonement

December 19, 2011

(if Christ died a theoretical atonement that makes salvation possible if we add our faith)

It also follows necessarily, since Christ by His death actually procured nothing that guarantees the salvation of any man, and yet some men are saved, that the most one can claim for His work is that He in some way made all men salvable. But the highest view of the atonement that one can reach by this path is the governmental view. This view holds that Christ by His death actually paid the penalty for no man’s sin. What His death did was to demonstrate what their sin deserves at the hand of the just Governor and Judge of the universe, and permits God justly to forgive men if on other grounds, such as their faith, their repentance, their works, and their perseverance, they meet His demands. This means, of course, that the actual salvation of those who are saved is ultimately rooted in and hangs decisively upon something that those who are saved do themselves in their own behalf. But this is just to eviscerate the Savior’s cross work of all of its intrinsic saving worth and to replace the Christosoteric vision of Scripture with the autosoteric vision of Pelagianism.

A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, Dr. Robert L. Reymond page 479.

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Arminianism cannot hold to penal substitution

December 19, 2011

A spillover from Calvinism into Arminianism has occurred in recent decades. Thus many Arminians whose theology is not very precise say that Christ paid the penalty for our sins. Yet such a view is foreign to Arminianism, which teaches instead that Christ suffered for us. Arminians teach that what Christ did he did for every person; therefore what he did could not have been to pay the penalty, since no one would then ever go into eternal perdition. Arminianism teaches that Christ suffered for everyone so that the Father could forgive the ones who repent and believe; his death is such that all will see that forgiveness is costly and will strive to cease from anarchy in the world God governs. This view is called the governmental theory of the atonement.

J. Kenneth Grider, “Arminianism” in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Walter Elwell, ed., (Baker, 2001), p. 97.

NB Grider is an Arminian. He understands that Arminianism cannot hold to penal substitution without falling into the problem of double jeopardy – if Christ actually took away the sins of all then all must be saved. Arminianism really says that Christ make salvation possible not actual.