Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Arminian Puppies

One day the local Arminian Methodist minister was walking through the small town he pastored in. as he walked by one house he looked over the picket fence and saw a little boy with a dog that was nursing some newborn pups.

The Methodist minister asked “What kind of pups are they son?” The little boy replied “These pups here are Arminian pups.” The Methodist minister chuckled and went back to his office at the church.

A week later the Methodist minister saw the local Presbyterian minister in the local deli. Remembering the little boy’s comments about the pups, he thought he would have a little fun. He told the Presbyterian minister that he had something he wanted him to see and led him down the street to the little boy's home.

The ministers came to the house and there was the little boy in the yard with his pups. The Methodist minister with a big grin told the Presbyterian minister to ask the boy what kind of pups they were.

The Presbyterian mininster asked “Young man what kind of pups do you have there?”

The little boy answered, “Why these here are Calvinist pups.”

The Methodist minister quickly jumped in “But son you told me last week they were Arminian pups.”

The boy replied “Well yes sir, they were, but that was before their eyes were open.”
-- A joke from Puritanboard

12 Comments:

Blogger naniecheng said...

whew...this is a loaded joke.

25/4/06 3:06 PM  
Blogger beowulf said...

Well, I thought this joke has hit the nail on the head. C. H. Spurgeon once said,

“Born, as all of us are by nature, an Arminian, I still believed the old things I had heard continually from the pulpit, and did not see the grace of God. When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I do not think the young convert is at first aware of this.”

I once thought that I contribute to my salvation. My decision. My choice. My faith. The grace of God cannot operate on me unless I exercise my “free will.” Because of “free will,” it is possible to fall away from salvation. Those who died without hearing the gospel have missed the chance of going to heaven, and it is our fault that they ended up in hell because we did not preach to them. This was my Arminian way of thinking.

The doctrines of grace have led me to realize that salvation truly belongs to our God from beginning to end. Christ did not die on the cross for the mere possibility of providing salvation to everyone. Christ died to eternally secure the salvation of those He intends to save. It is not me who changed my heart, but the Holy Spirit who changed my heart. I have much greater confidence in prayer and evangelism because it is the Holy Spirit who converts. I can present the gospel in its full glory rather than concentrate on evangelistic methods that tone down the gospel.

I was blind, like a new-born puppy, to the victory Christ has made on the cross, but now I am able to truly appreciate the wonderful and awesome power of the grace of God working to gather His elect into the kingdom of God.

25/4/06 6:43 PM  
Blogger ddd said...

Hello Beowulf,

good joke there, though rather loaded :P. Have linked to it from my website.

28/4/06 4:03 PM  
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