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Old 07-31-2017, 09:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Was Witness Lee a Calvinist?

Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
Does Witness Lee believe in the 5 points of Calvinism?

Lee believed in somewhere between Calvinism and Arminianism, in what he called the "dispensational punishment of the kingdom". It is not an attempt to merge both views together, but to take a middle line, where both views are valid. It is based on treating all the bible verses that Calvinists and Arminians use as equally valid. It is not an either/or situation.

When Protestantism rejected the idea of purgatory, and mostly because of its relationship to Catholic indulgences and greed, with it, they also took away the idea of temporal punishment for the Christian.
This has been the cause of much debate and disagreement regarding the security of salvation between Calvinism and Arminiamism. "dispensation punishment", is a way to reconcile both Calvinist and Arminian views. In other words, Lee believed that a believer is saved forever, yet unlike an Ultra-Calvinist, would not believe that a Christian can live however they like without any consequences which is a common objection to Calvinism.

Lee also believed in God's sovereignty and in man's free will at the same time. So we cannot say that he was a strict "5 point Calvinist". He seemed to accept both sides of the argument but tended towards the Calvinist side if one wanted to "pick a side". But I agree with Lee that the truth is not one to the exclusion of the other .

I believe the people associated with these views that Lee picked up on are GH Lang, R. Govett, D.M. Panton.
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