Terry Arnold is president of Pacific Bible Institute Inc., based in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. He is currently pastoring elder of the Hervey Bay Bible Church (www.herveybiblechurch.org). He holds a Doctorate in theology and a Masters degree in Arts and Biblical Studies as well as diplomas in Bible and Ministry Studies and a diploma in teaching. He is currently doing further studies in New Testament Greek.

He is the author of several books and papers and is involved in a full time ministry of teaching, informing and equipping the church. He is also the editor of a growing worldwide bi-monthly free publication ‘Diakrisis (Australia)’.(www.taministries.net)

His ministry includes preaching/teaching and conducting seminars in a wide range of churches and colleges in Australia and overseas.

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In September 2012: Terry’s book ‘Calvinism and Arminianism – Out of the Maze {See below for details}

Book Calvanism & Arminiansim    The editor, Terry Arnold, has published his book ‘Calvinism & Arminianism – Out of the Maze’.    This is an analysis of the hotly debated topic of salvation and grace. What is biblical? What about predestination and election? What is ‘fair’? This subject is laid bare with easy to read biblical expositions, refutations and answers to all the questions and arguments.  (239 pages) $19.50 + postage

Foreword by Mike Claydon: ‘In this latest scholarly work by author and teacher Terry Arnold, the doctrines of both Calvin and Arminius are held up to the light of scripture and the stunning conclusions reached are thoroughly biblical, and I believe, irrefutable. If this book is absorbed using a discerning mind and an open bible, you will be greatly enriched in your understanding of what could well be the most important issue facing the church today‘.

Some quotes from the book:

At the same time there is no theological matter that I know of which has been so shockingly misrepresented, bastardised and mutilated as has this issue! I have regularly been shocked as to how little Christians understand the terms ‘Arminianism’, ‘Calvinism’ and ‘hyper-Calvinism’ and what they really mean. Some of the public articles and papers I have read on this issue show an extraordinary lack of research or understanding – some by prominent pastors and under-shepherds who surely will be held accountable for misrepresentation and of misleading the sheep. Many have never honestly looked at the other side of this debate to find out what the other party actually believes! We are supposed to be making ‘righteous judgement’ (Jn.7:24). Yet this is an issue in which Christians have shown a terrible lack of love and discernment‘ (P.8).

Calvinism’ is often presented as a system which teaches that God unconditionally predestinates and elects a person without regard to their ability or free will. By contrast, ‘Arminianism’ teaches that a person possesses some ability to effectively secure their salvation. Amaze of scriptures and/or logic are used to prove one or the other‘ (P.8)

How does man come to God? Does God choose man or does man choose God, or is it a little of both? Does unsaved man have any power within himself to choose Christ? Or is he totally unable to do so? What about ‘free will’? What is ‘free agency’? What is the difference? Does God only save the ones He chooses? Did He predetermine who would be saved before the foundation of the world?…If so, is that ‘fair’? Does God elect people to salvation and ‘damn the rest to Hell’? Is the blood of Jesus capable of saving every human being? Why are not all saved? What about the  Amazonian Indians and many other people groups who for thousands of years never heard of the gospel or of Jesus?…can they be saved by any other way except by receiving the good news of Jesus Christ?…What is ‘fair ’ here? What did the great teachers and evangelists down through the centuries teach concerning these issues? What did the church originally believe and what other views came along throughout history? Is there a ‘middle ground’ between ‘Calvinism’ and ‘Arminianism’? (P.9).

Many believe these were adopted from the five points of refutation put forth in the Synod of Dordt against the five points of Arminianism. Yet ‘TULIP’ was never heard of or used until the 20th century, nearly  300 years after Dordt‘ (P.44).

Either man is able to choose God for salvation in and of himself; or he is unable because of his sinful state. Either man is a slave to sin; or he has some measure of morality that can cause him to choose good over evil. Either God predestinates man to salvation before the foundation of the world and by His choice alone; or He does so because of something that man does or can do in the future. Either election is unconditional; or it is conditioned on something man can do of his own will. Either the atonement was completed for all men; or it is only effective for some. Either God draws man effectually (some say ‘irresistibly’) and they will come to salvation without fail; or God draws and man can resist to the point of avoiding the reception of salvation. Either God keeps His saints secure in salvation; or man can resist and finally be lost‘ (P.46)

John 3:16 says nothing about choosing or predestination‘ (P.104).

There are four groups that are God’s ‘elect’… (P.112)

The difference between ‘free will’ and ‘free agency’ was well known and understood until recent times‘ (P.155).

Belief in the Sovereignty of God does not come without a cost to our logic and emotions. God is not a butler in Heaven ready to give us what we might decide on‘ (P.204).

This issue is arguably the most misrepresented theological issue today. In no other issue have I ever seen such ignorance, emotion and untruth…I make no apologies for exposing the misrepresentations in the writings of some authors named in this book, but I have carefully avoided expressing any judgement regarding their salvation or their Christian character. Spurgeon addressed this very issue and pleaded for balance…‘ (p.207)


In 2011 Terry published the book  ‘Foundations For Evangelism. {See below for details}

 ‘Foundations For Evangelism’. Is a critique of modern evangelism doctrine and methods. The Parable of the Sower is expounded and answers are given to much of today’s evangelism, which is producing the huge ‘fall away’ rates. The author believes Matt.7:21-23 shows ‘the greatest deception’ that needs to be addressed. There is much teaching in this book on how to prepare a heart to receive the Gospel. The book is full of timeless quotes not seen in many books today. The appendixes alone are worthy of having as reference material: ‘Evangelism to the Cults’; ‘Mind Control’; ‘The Alpha Course’; ‘Charles Finney’…This 157 page book could be excellent as a reference book or for Bible studies. ($14.90)

Here are some excerpts from the book:

(Introduction) ‘…The ‘retention rate’ in modern evangelism has become, and remains, incredibly small. Again, this is backed up by many statistics in the west. Modern evangelism methods are hard pressed to show a 20% ‘holding rate’ – that is, only 20% of people who make ‘decisions’ to follow Jesus Christ continue as worshipping and practising Christians…

...This book is an attempt to build solid foundations for evangelism by teaching and equipping Christians as to what are the vital ingredients that make for fruitful evangelism…’

(Ch.1) ‘I believe this is the greatest deception of all time – that a person will think they should be admitted to Heaven and will rather be told they are to be cast into Hell for eternity. Its a scenario that I personally have lost sleep over. The results of modern evangelism show clearly that it is feeding this dilemma!…’

(Ch.2) ‘It is often helpful in describing what the Gospel is, to ascertain what the Gospel is not. The Gospel is not God’s work in us, but for us…’

(Ch.3) ‘But the ‘philosophy’ of the Gospel involves this very important point: The Gospel is not just hard to believe but impossible to believe! The Scriptures bear this out…

…Thus the Gospel is still offensive to the world. God put this barrier in the gospel so that to believe, it would be of God and not of man!…

…The message of the cross, the Gospel, does not bring peace and popularity with the world…The Gospel is offensive to the world because the cross is offensive to the world.

(Ch.4) ‘The preparation of a heart involves a two way process – teaching who God is, and teaching who man is in God’s sight. God’s nature and character must be put in stark contrast to man’s sinfulness…The sinner must know who God is and what the disease is before he is told of the cure!…The Law is the evangelist’s tool to do the surgical work of cutting away that which protects and hides the cancer of sin…’

(Ch.5) There are two types of evangelism into which ‘methods’ could be categorised…Modern Evangelism is big scale, short term campaigns and calling for decisions. In contrast, the Puritans…’

‘…the bait you catch them with may well be the food you will have to continue to feed them with…’

‘…Twentieth century evangelism has traded repentance for a ‘decision’ and we have reaped an increasingly bitter harvest of spurious ‘conversions’, tares and carnality within the church. The goal of evangelism is not ‘decisions’ but disciples!…’

‘…If tracts do not begin with the sin and its consequences, then the very reason for the disease of mankind is withheld…’

You can now download Terry’s new booklet entitled ‘Women in the Ministry‘.

This is a scriptural response to a paper on women in ministry. The common arguments are exposed in the light of scripture. This is a timely response to the increasingly confusing views we find on this issue. What does the Bible really say about women in ministry?

Read it here.

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