Calvinist and Arminian Views of Hebrews 2

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CALVINIST AND ARMINIAN VIEWS OF HEBREWS 2:1-4 A Course Requirement in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Divinity at Liberty Baptist Divinity School Lynchburg, Va. March 10, 2012 Table of Contents Thesis statement 2 Hebrews 12:1-4 2 Ante-Nicene Fathers 3 Tertullian Chrysostom John Calvin 6 Millard Erickson 10 Conclusions 14 Bibliography 18 The purpose of this paper will be to take a look at the historiography of how the church—and its best theologians-- have handled “apostasy” and the phrase “to drift away” within the specific passage of Hebrews 2:1-4. After some theologians have had their ideas discussed on this passage there will be an explanation of the phrase “to drift away” within Arminian and Calvinistic circles. After the review of how the theologians have handled this verse and the phrase “to drift” there will be a comparison of ideas and some final conclusions. Hebrews 12: 1-4 The warning passages refer to those passages in Hebrews that share a stern message from the author to the hearer in regards to how the Christian life should be lived and maintained. They warn the hearer of the consequences of not persevering in the Christian faith. One such passage is given in full length at the beginning of this document so that it will not have to be mentioned in full detail again. The passage reads: Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the

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