Here are my 5 honest confessions concerning non-Calvinism and Calvinism. I’m sure (and even hope) that others share the same experiences and sentiments. 1. Some of my favorite Christian writers (and preachers) are Arminian. I love the writings of John Wesley and the preaching of Billy Graham to name a few. Theology is important to me but not as important as words that point to the cross and both camps have expositors that do that well. As John Frame wrote: “I’d rather sit under the preaching of a good Arminian than a bad Calvinist.” 2. I truly loved God before my Calvinistic convictions…and I don’t believe that one who does not hold to the same convictions are less Christian. Better dialogue can take place when one realizes that the Calvinism/Arminianism debate is an in-house one. 3. Though I theologically understand the will of God, that doesn’t mean that I’m always happy with it. That’s actually what stopped me from accepting the doctrines of grace for so long. 4. Though I am deeply reformed in my convictions, I must admit that there are some pretty great arguments for Arminianism/non-Calvinism. Most of those arguments I quickly dismiss as unbiblical, but they are far from illogical. I’ve always though of Calvinism vs. Arminianism as bible vs. logic (especially in the case of molinistic Arminianism). 5. Though I would be considered a Calvinist, I hate being referred to as such…mainly because of the behavior/attitude of many Calvinists. Sadly, Calvinists have earned a reputation for being harsh, arrogant, argumentative, and graceless…qualities that aren’t characteristic of Christianity. Better to be known as a Christian that just a Calvinist.