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Remonstrance is a podcast dedicated to Wesleyan-Arminian Reformation. On the show we will discuss theology from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective focusing on topics such as soteriology, eschatology, and church history, all over a good cup of coffee. Interested in finding out about what Wesleyan-Arminian Theology actually is? Then download, subscribe, and join the #Remonstrance.
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Apr 16, 2019

In this episode we have the opportunity to sit down with Dr. William Sillings who is the General Superintendent of the International Fellowship of Bible Churches (IFBC). Both Vin and Ben are ordained Elders (pastors) in the IFBC and the church plant they serve is an IFBC church. In this interview Dr. Sillings shares briefly about the history of the IFBC along with what makes it unique among denominations in the broader Wesleyan-Arminian movement. One way is that the IFBC holds to a "classical" Wesleyan theology unlike other groups. Dr. Sillings also discusses how the IFBC emphasizes the inerrancy, authority, sufficiency, and inspiration of Scripture. He also discusses how the IFBC strongly encourages contextualization to local ministry contexts while simultaneously holding strongly to Wesleyan orthodoxy. If you are a pastor who is looking for church affiliation or ordination in a group with a solid Wesleyan-Arminian theology we strongly recommend you look into the IFBC. 

IFBC Website 

 

Mar 26, 2019

In this episode we will continue to discuss the crisis of biblical authority in the broader methodist movement. This time we will actually talk about the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. We will begin by defining the Quadrilateral and then discuss what is good about it and what is dangerous about it. One very interesting thing to note is how Albert Outler regretted coining the term in the first place. We will discuss how the Quadrilateral can both lead people into error and heresy if it is understood incorrectly and how it could protect us from error and heresy if it is understood correctly. We will then discuss what early Methodist views were regarding the authority, inerrancy, and inspiration of Scripture. We will conclude this episode discussing what the International Fellowship of Bible Churches (IFBC) statement of faith is regarding the authority and inerrancy of Scripture. For more information about the IFBC see the link below. 

Links:

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral (Theopedia)

The International Fellowship of Bible Churches (IFBC)

Note that Ben and Vin are ordained Elders in the IFBC and serve as pastors in an IFBC Church Plant in Connecticut. 

Mar 19, 2019

In this episode we will begin to discuss the crisis of biblical authority in the broader methodist movement. We will begin by talking about the United Methodist Church Special Session of the General Conference 2019 and the decision regarding LGBT marriage and ordination. We will then move on to discuss what led to all of this. We would suggest it all comes down to a crisis regarding the question of biblical authority. We will then discuss what issues there are in the broader methodist movement regarding biblical authority. Is Scripture only a means of grace or is it the authoritative word of God as well? Do we have to choose between the two? At the end of the episode we will finally get to the Wesleyan Quadrilateral which we will discuss more extensively in the next episode in this series. 

Links:

New Global, Orthodox Identity for United Methodist Surprises Many (TGC)

United Methodist Reject Call to Embrace Homosexual Clergy and Same-Sex Weddings (TGC)

A Few Reflection on the 2019 General Conference (Watson)

Feb 26, 2019

In this episode we will continue discussing the Synod of Dort which took place from 1618-1619 and led to the "condemnation" of Arminianism by the Reformed representatives. Specifically we will be responding to another article that was published in the January 2019 edition of Tabletalk magazine. This episode we will be focusing on "The Reason for Dort" by W. Robert Godfrey. First we will discuss whether or not orthodox Arminianism is an expression of the "Apostolic Faith" or "one of the greatest challenges to the Apostolic faith" (?) as the article claims. We will then discuss the radicalization of "Arminianism" after the death of Arminius and some of the historical events surrounding the Synod of Dort. We also discuss whether or not Irresistible Grace is necessary to believe in Total Depravity. Finally, we discuss whether or not the Arminians "were uncooperative" or not. Do you sit at the middle table? A link to the article is below. 

The Reason for Dort (Tabletalk) 

 

Feb 19, 2019

In this episode we will begin discussing the Synod of Dort which took place from 1618-1619 and led to the "condemnation" of Arminianism by the Reformed representatives. Specifically we will be responding to an article that was published in the January 2019 edition of Tabletalk magazine. In this episode we will be discussing the article, "Five New Points of Old Heresy" (ouch). In this article the writers at Tabletalk make some unfounded and incorrect claims about Arminian theology and we spend some time explaining what they got wrong about Arminianism. Before we get there we discuss some interesting tweets from David Watson and Fred Sanders about Wesleyan theology. 

Links:

The Methodist Movement (Tabletalk) 

Five New Points of Old Heresy (Tabletalk) 

Jan 22, 2019

This episode is the second part of our interview with David Martinez about his work to promote Wesleyan Reformation around the world. David is a missionary and evangelist who has traveled to many countries for the sake of the gospel. In this part of the interview David will discuss his interactions with popular Calvinists at Calvinist conferences in America. David then shares stories of Wesleyan-Arminian Reformation in Cuba and beyond. He then discusses what the best books are to introduce readers to Wesleyan-Arminian Theology. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. 

Jan 15, 2019

This episode is the first part of our interview with David Martinez about his work to promote Wesleyan Reformation around the world. David is a missionary and evangelist who has traveled to many countries for the sake of the gospel. In this part of the interview David shares how he became a Wesleyan and how he promotes Wesleyan theology around the world. He also discusses his role in the translation of Wesley's works into Spanish. We then discuss how Calvinism is making inroads into churches in Cuba and how the Lord is using David to promote Wesleyan theology as an alternative. Don't miss the second part of the interview which will be released in a week. 

Links:

The Next Methodism: A Theology of Retrieval

 

 

Dec 18, 2018

In this episode we will continue to discuss the dangers of "Perfectionism" and show how it is altogether different from Wesley's doctrine of Christian Perfection. We will begin by discussing T.A. Noble's book, "Holy Trinity: Holy People" and how Wesley very guardedly affirmed that Christians are "at once a sinner and justified." This of course can degenerate into Antinomianism and Wesley guarded strongly against that but also affirmed it in a way that guarded his teaching from Perfectionism. We then interact with Thomas Oden and discuss what Christian Perfection is not. We end by using Fred Sanders to illustrate the we must choose between the dangers of Perfection or Anti-Perfection.

Dec 11, 2018

In this episode we will be discussing the dangers of "Perfectionism" and show how it is different from Wesley's teachings on "Christian Perfection." There are five major dangers of Perfectionism:

  1. It creates two “classes” of Christians
  2. It leads people to think they no longer need a Savior
  3. It leads to pride and superiority
  4. It puts an emphasis on works
  5. It leads to spiritual elitism

We will discuss how trying to teach "Christian Perfection" is like trying to defuse a bomb. We need to be careful and study to show ourselves approved. We then look at what Wesley taught about "Christian Perfection" and illustrate that it was both different from "Perfectionism" and serves as a corrective to it. 

Nov 27, 2018

In this episode we will continue to discuss the role of the Law in Wesleyan theology. We will begin by discussing the three uses of the Law and how Wesley embraced all three uses in his ministry. We will then discuss how Wesley emphasized there is never a command given in the Scriptures without a promise. Then we will finish looking at the ideas presented in Wesley's sermon "The Law Established Through Faith Part Two" see the link below to read the sermon. It is one of the best sermons ever preached. 

The Law Established Through Faith 2

 

 

Nov 20, 2018

In this episode we will begin discussing the role of the Law in Wesleyan theology. First, we discuss Andy Stanley's new book "Irresistible" which is causing quite a stir. We will then look at Wesley's teaching on the Law and how it both drives us to Christ and keeps us in Christ. We will then discuss the distinctions between the moral, civil, and ceremonial Law. Finally, we will look at how the Law relates to the gospel in the thought of John Wesley. 

Richard Watson's Theological Institutes:

Lexham Press

Amazon

Articles About Andy Stanley's Book:

Why We Can’t Unhitch from the Old Testament

10 Reasons the Old Testament Is Important for Christians

 

Oct 16, 2018

Happy Reformation month everyone! In honor of the 501st Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation we will be releasing a series of two lectures about the life of Martin Luther given at Wesley Chapel (our church) last year. This is the second lecture. We know that Luther was not Arminius or Wesley, but there would have never been an Arminius or Wesley if it were not for Luther! Don't forget that Wesley was regenerated while listening to the reading of Luther's Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. Enjoy this second lecture and Happy Reformation Day from all of us here at Remonstrance Podcast. 

Link to Power Point Used:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kaU9LFhCVmHTYK_4HvGZTuAZO4UhphJB/view?usp=sharing

Oct 9, 2018

Happy Reformation month everyone! In honor of the 501st Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation we will be releasing a series of two lectures about the life of Martin Luther given at Wesley Chapel (our church) last year. This is the first lecture. We know that Luther was not Arminius or Wesley, but there would have never been an Arminius or Wesley if it were not for Luther! Don't forget that Wesley was regenerated while listening to the reading of Luther's Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. Enjoy this first lecture and Happy Reformation Day from all of us here at Remonstrance Podcast. 

Link to Power Point Used:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kaU9LFhCVmHTYK_4HvGZTuAZO4UhphJB/view?usp=sharing

 

Sep 25, 2018

In this episode we will continue to discuss John Wesley's theology of medicine and healing. We will start with looking at examples from his journals where he gives examples of divine healing in his ministry. Then we will discuss Wesley's theology of divine healing and how it differed from both modern charismatic teaching and puritan influenced teaching on sickness. The bottom line is Wesley believed that God provides means for both our spiritual and physical health. We hope this episode will help you to develop your theology of divine healing. 

Sep 18, 2018

In this episode we will discuss John Wesley's theology of medicine and healing. To start, we will discuss the various extremes that exist in the evangelical church regarding the question of medicine and healing. Then we will talk about how Wesley held a middle ground on the issue that was both rational and glorifying to God. Wesley was certainly not a cessationist, but neither did he deny that medicine was a gift of God's providence. We will also discuss John Wesley's best selling book, his "Primitive Physic" as well. We hope this episode will be a step to the development of a biblical theology of medicine and healing. 

Aug 28, 2018

In this episode we will be discussing Wesley's Covenant Theology. As a guide we will be relying on Stanley J. Rode's book, "From Faith to Faith: John Wesley's Covenant Theology and the Way of Salvation." We encourage you to buy and read this book. Links to where you can buy it can be found below. Wesley agreed with Reformed Covenant Theology in almost every way. Where he did differ was in his view of the termination of the Covenant of Works and the universality of the moral law as an expression of the Covenant of Grace so all people can be led to Christ. These adjustments were obvious results of his Evangelical Arminian Theology. We will also be looking at the article by Dr. Vic Reasoner again to clarify the conditionality of covenants found in Wesley's Covenant Theology as well. 

Links to Buy Rode's Book:

https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Salvation-Distinguished-Dissertations-Christian/dp/1620325446

https://wipfandstock.com/from-faith-to-faith-16688.html

"An Arminian Covenant Theology" Article:

http://www.fwponline.cc/v18n2/v18n2reasonera.html

Aug 21, 2018

In this episode we will prepare to discuss Wesley's Covenant Theology by defining Covenant Theology. To do this we will compare Covenant Theology to Dispensationalism by giving a brief introduction to both. This is by no means an exhaustive definition of either so please do not get upset if we leave something out. We will then interact a little with Dr. Vic Reasoner's Article, "An Arminian Covenant Theology." Check out the link below. We will also discuss how Dispensationalism is difficult to reconcile with Wesleyan-Arminian theology because of the possibility of covenants being broken. Stay tuned for next episode when we will dive into Wesley's Covenant Theology. 

Article:

http://www.fwponline.cc/v18n2/v18n2reasonera.html

 

Jul 31, 2018

In this episode we will discuss John Wesley's theology of the Lord's Supper. Along the way we will receive help from Kenneth J. Collins, Henry H. Knight, and Fred Sanders. We will be discussing how Wesley built upon the Spiritual Presence view of John Calvin and why the early Methodists even came to Communion with an attitude of expectancy! Communion is essentially the Holy Spirit brining Christ down to commune with us as we remember the sacrifice of our Savior. We pray this episode deepens and enlivens your understanding of the Lord's Supper. 

Jul 24, 2018

In this episode we will be jumping into the topic of the Lord's Supper (Communion) and what the views of John Wesley were on it. We will begin by laying the groundwork by discussing the differences between Transubstantiation, Consubstantiation, Memorial, and Spiritual Presence views. We will also discuss the theological development of the doctrine through the Middle Ages and into the Reformation period. Then we will discuss what John Wesley's views were on the Lord's Supper and how he personally practiced the Lord's Supper. 

Link to Zondervan Academic Article:

https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/transubstantiation-consubstantiation-catholic-protestant/

 

 

 

Jun 19, 2018

In this episode we will continue our discussion on the role that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit played in the theology of John Wesley. Our discussion will primarily focus on the different views that came along after Wesley and how they influenced groups of people to move away from the teachings of Wesley himself. The people we will primarily be focusing on will be Asa Mahan, Charles Finney, and Phoebe Palmer. We will also be discussing some differences between Wesley and his contemporary John Fletcher as well. 

If you are interested in learning more about John FLetcher's Dispensational Pneumatology check out J. Russel Frazier's Book:

https://www.amazon.com/True-Christianity-Doctrine-Dispensations-1729-1785/dp/1620326639

 

Jun 12, 2018

Ready for some Pneumatology? In this episode we will be discussing the role of the Holy Spirit in Wesleyan theology. We will specifically focus on what role the Baptism of the Holy Spirit played in the theology of John Wesley. Did Wesley teach that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was a "Second Work of Grace" or did the Baptism of the Holy Spirit take place during Regeneration? Listen to find out. 

May 22, 2018

In this episode we will be discussing the eschatological views of John Wesley. Our conversation will primarily surround his Postmillennial views. Wesley held to a very powerful eschatology that helped set fire to a century of revival. What would the church look like today if it embraced Wesley's Postmillennialism? “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergy or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven upon earth.” -John Wesley

"The Hope of a Christian World: Wesleyan Eschatology and Cultural Transformation" by Dr. Vic Reasoner

Link:

http://www.fwponline.cc/v25n1/The%20Hope%20of%20a%20ChristianWorld.html

 

May 15, 2018

It is time to talk about the end of the world! In this episode we will jump into the topic of Eschatology or the study of the "end times." We will start off by discussing the four major Eschatological positions: Historic Premillennialism, Dispensational Premillennialism, Amillennialism, and Postmillennialism. We will then discuss the eschatological positions of Jacob Arminius and John Wesley. Don't miss next episode when we go more in depth in regards to Wesley's eschatological position. 

May 1, 2018

What would it be like for Evangelical Arminians and Evangelical Calvinists to work together for the sake of the Gospel? What would it be like for us to see one another as brothers? What if we "agree to disagree" and then work together to advance the Kingdom of God like Wesley and Whitfield did? John Wesley was a "hair's breadth" from Calvinism while remaining very far from the liberal English "Arminianism" of his time. Modern Wesleyan-Arminians should occupy the same exact space. May we adopt Wesley's spirit in today's theological landscape. Calvinists and Arminians have legitimate differences that there is nothing wrong with discussing, but it is best to do so as brothers. In this episode we also discuss Wesley's use of Puritan sources and how he edited the works of Puritans to share with the Methodists. Listen to this episode and then please share it with your Arminian and Calvinist friends. 

Apr 24, 2018

How significant are the differences between Calvinism and the theology of John Wesley? Wesley claimed it was only "a hair's breadth." Yet many modern day "Wesleyans" are trying to run as fast and far away from Calvinism as they can. In this episode we discuss how Wesley actually called doing this "foolish and sinful." Unfortunately running away from Calvinism has led many to question Inerrancy and deny important doctrine such as Penal Substitution and Meticulous Providence. In this episode we discuss the significant difference between Wesley and liberalized "Anglican Arminianism" and how he was much closer to the Evangelical Calvinists in his work for the Gospel. 

"John Wesley, A Faithful Representative of Jacob Arminius" by W. Stephen Gunter 

https://oimts.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/2002-2-gunter.pdf

 

 
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