A particular hypothetical individual came forward at the altar call and prayed a prayer with the minister to receive Jesus Christ as Lord. Later, this individual “backslid” and went back into the world. The Calvinist says he was not truly regenerate to begin with. He needs to repent and embrace faith in Jesus Christ. The Arminian says he may have been regenerate, but he “fell from grace.” He needs to repent and embrace faith in Jesus Christ. The diagnoses may be different but the CURE is the SAME! Should we argue endlessly over the diagnosis, or should we focus on what we agree to be the CURE?
(Thanks to Dr. Wayne Grudem for the illustration.)