Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach
If you are frustrated with the scriptural twisting of Arminianism and Calvinism, you should find this book to be of interest. It's definitely not easy to try and change two very long standing viewpoints of Protestant theology. However, Keathley does a very fine job at presenting his sound scriptural case.
October 25, 2011
Keathley found himself struggling with Calvinist reasoning regarding TULIP. What would he do, be inconsistent or find a way to be both consistent and Biblical? Keathley chose the latter, and built upon the ROSES acronym. Keathley placed this in a molinist perspective. Molinism teaches that God exercises His sovereignty primarily through His omniscience, and that He infallibly knows what free creatures would do in any given situation. (pg 5) Because God knows all things He knows all possibilities as well as which possibilities are feasible. In other words, God not only knows what could happen, He knows what will happen in any given circumstance, and He chooses to create the world in which all circumstances and choices bring the most glory to His name. In the world that God chose He both knows all things and man is free to make his own choices. Thus God is sovereign and man is free.Keathley uses the Molinist perspective to set forth the following: God is both good and great, so He wants to save all and does save all who believe; human freedom is derived and genuinely ours, so it is not absolute, unlimited, or autonomous; God's grace is both monergistic and resistible, so salvation is totally of grace, but grace can be scorn and refused; God's election is both unconditional and according to foreknowledge, because God's sovereign choice is informed by foreknowledge but not determined by it. (pg 11);the saved are both preserved and will persevere; and Christ's atonement is both unlimited in its provision and limited in its application, so we can indeed say that Christ died for each individual, but only believers enjoy the benefits of Jesus' sacrifice. While it may take a while for it all to soak in , this perspective is a very reasonable one.
January 4, 2010