Of all the big questions about our faith in Christ that we sometimes struggle with, one of the biggest is this: “Can anyone be saved?”
On a microlevel people may wonder if there is hope for “themselves”, or hope for some person who seems incapable of doing what is right? On a macrolevel the question can be more philosophical. Does God alone do the choosing, so that only those he elects can be saved? Or do people at some point make a real decision about their relationship with God.
In this week’s, midweek devotion, Pastor Barnes will use a story from today’s headlines to raise the question of who can be saved, and explain why that question matters. After that Dr. Ben Witherington will address the reasons why Wesleyan/Methodists have, like the majority of Christians, rejected the settled Calvinist doctrine that people do not have any say as to their eternal destiny.
(Note: John Calvin was a great Biblical theologian, who we can and should respect, even if we disagree with what has become his “signature doctrine”)
Speakers: Dr. Ben Witherington of Asbury Theological Seminary, and Rev. Robert Barnes