question of wills

Question. As a small group leader in an asian community affiliated with Intervaristy, is it wrong for me to ‘teach’ doctrines of election and justification by faith alone if I hold them to be truth? (I use ‘teach’ loosely as in, if they ask questions concerning election & depravity, I answer them from a Reformed point of view). I ask this because the half of the people in my small group hold pretty fervently to the idea of free will (i.e. being able to choose our own salvation without interaction from God)… the other half, I think don’t care either way as much. In the beginning I acknowledge that is remains a somewhat controversial issue, but that I believe in election as truth. 

 

So what would you do? Present both views without bias? Or emphasizing what you deem as Truth knowing your sg might revolt o_O

2 Responses to “question of wills”


  1. 1 Marcy November 1, 2008 at 11:57 am

    You might not be able to present the other side without bias, since you are persuaded of your own side. I would recommend explaining your side, and pointing to resources they can go to to learn more about the other side, whether books or websites or a local Arminian pastor. I’d also emphasize that the tension between these two views is long-standing and that there are intelligent and faithful people on both sides — and so not to be overly upset if they can’t resolve which side they think is right right away.

  2. 2 d.c.(b?) November 1, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    agree to disagree? is it worth dividing your sg over? while a discussion is one thing, an argument isn’t productive. take your stand, let others do the same, then point people to resources. then again, if everyone’s interested and civil, its not a bad thing to get people thinking about theology.


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