Historical Glimpse of One of The Most Famous False Prophets

Jacobus (James) Arminius

Jacob Arminius was born in Oudewater in 1560. He studied at the University of Leiden from 1575-1582. At 22 years of age Arminius went to Geneva to study under Theodore Beza (1519-1605), who was John Calvin’s son-in-law. He was in this city for 5 years hearing Beza lecture on the book of Romans and learned the system of doctrine that eventually was nicknamed the 5 points of Calvinism. There he started having trouble in his doctrinal views while at Geneva. During those years Arminius began to disagree with Beza’s teachings on the doctrine of double predestination.  This was a result of meeting with and being influenced by a Jesuit priest who chipped away at all the aspects sovereign grace, starting with Supralapsarianism, which Beza taught him and Francis Gomarus (1563-1641) defended at the University of Leiden. He made this public by openly opposing the writings of the Supralapsarian and Double Predestinarian theologian William Perkins (1558-1602).

Soon after this he begin down the wicked slide of works for salvation that Roman Catholics teach and we have today the Satanic system of Arminianism. He started with making predestination conditional, making the human will to be free, that Christ’ death had unlimited benefits for more than just the elect, also saying that God desired the salvation of even the non elect, and eventually held that a person can lose their salvation.

Note: This compromise on grace is still working its way into churches claiming to hold to the doctrine of sovereign grace. We must be on guard! For tools in the battle visit our web site: http://www.GospelDefense.com

(Scott Price gathered historic info from various sources on the Internet)

4 Responses to “Historical Glimpse of One of The Most Famous False Prophets”

  1. Where does Arminius specifically say the will is free? In random quotes of him most Christians today, that is so called Calvinists would not recognize who was being quoted; he is very precise in his comments. I am reading John Skepp, DIvine Energy; and as he quotes Arminius, he sounds much more “Calvinistic” than most give him credit for. I believe he far exceeds todays reformed community and modern Calvinists even on the west coast and PCA types.

  2. I firmly believe that Christ’s death was beneficial for the elect only; He did not die to atone for the sins of every person who has ever lived or who will be born in the future. I believe in the biblical doctrine of particular redemption.

    My question is this: Am I not a Christian if I believe that someone who believes in a general atonement (the Arminian view) is saved?

    Thank you,

    • The logical rule for someone calling another person “brother” and counting them saved means they believe the very same gospel they believe. General or universal atonement is a false gospel. If a person believes it they are not believing the gospel that is the power of God unto salvation. God does not give the gift of faith to embrace one who failed in redemption and leaves room for boasting in the sinner. God actually gives repentance to His sheep to repent of such self righteous forms of that idolatry. There is a difference between being confused about certain terms or theological systems, especially if they are misrepresented, but it is another thing to reject an effectual, finished death that accomplished redemption for all His sheep. The false gospel tells of a work that merely renders all sinners SAVABLE based on further conditions fulfilled by the sinner. Anyway, long story short, I would say if one knowingly says a person who believes a false gospel is a brother it evidences they, too, don’t know the gospel and does not show evidence of repentance from a false gospel themselves. Hope this makes sense.

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