Let’s be honest, texts like 1 Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9 pose a challenge to the doctrine of unconditional election. And Arminians love to remind Calvinists of this fact.
Over the years, I’ve discussed theology with my fair share of free will theists. While exploring the doctrines of sovereign grace, it usually takes, oh, about 3.2 minutes before one of the above passages is unsheathed. I’ll point to the first chapter of Ephesians, and they’ll smile and point at 1 Timothy 2:4. I’ll ask them to consider Romans 9, and they’ll promptly turn to 2 Peter. Know what I’m talking about?
Here a number of us Calvinists will try to explain what has come to be known as “The two wills of God.” But if you’ve ever gone that route before, that is, address the difficulty head on, you know it’s a tough sell. The Arminian scrunches his face and rolls his eyes and usually dismisses the notion. “Sir,” he replies, “you’re grasping for straws.” (more…)