The Arminian position has always been perplexing to me. Even when I was one I at least attempted to logically work through what I believed. I am glad for those who were patient with me when I was in the pupa stage of becoming a full fledged reformed thinker. And I am certainly glad for those who now tolerate my understanding or lack thereof as I continue to work through ideas. And I think this is where we as the reformed will make the most impact on our friends who have not yet been “converted.” In gentleness, love and much patience show them how their position is illogical. And really it will not take a Spock intellect to do so since their position, although strongly held, is weak.
In this week’s Friday Phil, Phil does this very thing by taking aim at the belief that God is at once sovereign and that man can over ride that sovereignty at will and refuse God. To us we readily see the inconstancy of this position and they will too but they have so much personally invested in their position that they will not let go without persuasion and time.
So consider this classic repost from Dec 2008
The Arminian Problem in Simple Terms
by Phil Johnson
If God knows the future with certainty, then the future is (by definition) already predetermined. If tomorrow is predetermined and you don't want to acknowledge that the plan was decreed by God, you have only two choices:
1. Some being other than God determines the future and is therefore more sovereign than He. That is a kind of idolatry.
2. Some impersonal force does the determining without reason or coherence. That is a kind of fatalism.
So anyone who denies that God preordained whatsoever comes to pass but wants to avoid both fatalism and idolatry is logically compelled to deny God's omnscience.
That of course, is precisely the rationale that has led so many to embrace Open Theism.
The more sensible option—and the biblical one—would be to abandon Arminian presuppositions and acknowledge that God declared the end from the beginning, and that He works all things according to the counsel of His own will.