According to Dan, of the Arminian Chronicles:
“Between we have all manor of views, so I will just share my own. Perseverance is necessary for salvation. God preserves His people through middle knowledge, such that we can, but will not fall away. God, knowing how we will choose in various circumstances, puts us only in those circumstances that keep us in the faith. Breaking the Law of Moses could never causes us to loose [sic] our salvation, but unbelief could. But God keeps us from unbelief.”
But according to Ben, of Arminian Perspectives:
“Arminians believe that it is necessary for the redeemed to persevere in saving faith in order to attain to eternal life in the age to come [final salvation]. We maintain that true believers who have experienced genuine regeneration can yet fall away from the faith and perish everlastingly. We take Jesus’ words in Matt. 10:22 both literally and seriously: ‘The one who endures till the end shall be saved’. We maintain that it is the believer’s responsibility to continue in saving faith, while acknowledging dependence on God’s grace and power to do so.”
“These verses [Heb 10:28-29] pose great difficulty for Calvinism and have endured some of the most unfortunate acts of exegetical torture by those who have desperately tried to keep their doctrines from suffering shipwreck on the plain implications of these verses.”
I assume that Ben, as a card-carrying Arminian, would never stoop to being a crass respecter of persons. Therefore, I assume that Ben will be the first to charge Dan with failing to take the words of Jesus literally or seriously. Instead, Dan is guilty of exegetical torture as he desperately tries to keep his doctrine from suffering shipwreck on the plain implications of Heb 10:28-29. Isn’t that right, Ben?