Arminians Recognize the Whiff of Semi-Pelagianism Too
Since the non-Calvinists in the SBC rallied around the “Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation,” the charge of Semi-Pelagianism has been bandied about. I did it myself, and I don’t regret it. In response the theologians who signed the “Statement” have defended it and have asserted that it is not Semi-Pelagian.
Let me be clear. I do not think these SBC theologians are Semi-Pelagians. But I am not so sure about the author of the “Statement.” I did point out that the Articles were poorly worded, and I am still of the opinion that they ought to have been re-written with more precision before being published.
Arminian theologian Roger Olson has written what I thin k is a perceptive post on Prevenient Grace which addresses the issue. Regardless of my disagreements with Olson, I think he brings a useful perspective: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2012/06/prevenient-grace-why-it-matters/