Recently I got caught between two Twitter debaters -- one a strong Calvinist, the other a strong Arminian. The Arminian was complaining that the Calvinist believed in "Fatalism." The Calvinist replied, "No, I don't, because God is a Person." I said to the Calvinist that his answer didn't solve any problems. If the Arminian's objection is to the idea of any kind of predestination at all, then saying, "Well, the cause of predestination is a Person, not a force" is not relevant. The Arminian's issue was his belief that Calvinism wipes out free will. The Calvinist huffed back at me that it was too relevant, and that pretty much ended my one-and-only conversation with James White.
Jack is the teaching elder of Ironworks Pike Community Church. He is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary http://www.ciu.edu.