What happens when a “die-hard Calvinist of approximately sixteen years” falls for a girl who is a member of the Society of Evangelical Arminians?
Despite our differences, we both can see Christ at work in the other. Both of us want to worship God and to honor Him as He truly is. Both of us seek fidelity to the Bible. Honestly, that attitude is part of why, despite our differences, I enjoy her company. I truly can understand why she gets upset when a Calvinist apologist says things such as, “Arminians are trying to ignore Scripture on this point” or “Arminians are seeking to make man look better.” While this is thelogical implication of many Arminian interpretations, that is not the reason why Arminians say what they do. They genuinely do believe that Arminian interpretations of Scripture are better than Calvinistic interpretations of Scripture, and therefore that Calvinism dishonors God.
Whilst theological wars rave, what I like here is the recognition that the love of God stretches beyond our theological categories.
… it surely would do the church nothing but good if there were more Calvinists who would fall in love with Arminians, and vice versa.
Knowledge puffs up. Love builds up.
Read: On Loving an Arminian.