If the level of rancor and vitriol on this board is any indication of how pronounced the divide is in the Church between those who hold to the FW position or the DoG, the question is how to deal with it? There's no divide in Presbyterian or Reformed churches since the DoG is a settled issue. The same with Wesleyan, Anabaptist, or self-proclaimed Arminian churches. These churches are firmly in the FW camp. In Baptist circles there are those groups that are decided on either side of the debate. Free Will Baptists and most fundamental baptists are FW. Primitive Baptists and Reformed Baptist are DoG. That said there are still quite a few Baptist churches that have no official allegiance either way. One only has to look at the SBC to see the war that's been raged over the issue. I once thought the issue was going to be settled by a split; the Founders churches forming their own group and the the FW churches remaining in the SBC. Fortunately, or unfortunately, that has not happened. The battle keeps raging on within the SBC with no clear end in sight. So, how should this issue be dealt with? It is my opinion that an individual church cannot abide both teachings, especially if both positions are being advocated from the pulpit. God is not the author of confusion, and confusion from the pulpit will not help anybody. Working towards unity is nearly impossible because the issue is core to an entire belief system. How may vocal FW'ers on this board would place themselves under DoG teaching and vice versa? I daresay that most of us would not choose to be a member of a church on the other side of the tracks. I know I couldn't. I suppose if a FW church was the last church in town, and I was providentially hindered from attending a like-minded church, I would have to consider attending, although I would never join that church. But that's an extreme example. I believe it's best to separate peacefully and join with a like-minded church. The result would be less rancor and harm to the body of Christ. There are exceptions, but that's why they're called exceptions. Thoughts?