The following John Newton quotes gathered from his Works made me think of certain Calvinists who consider the efficacious atonement of Jesus Christ a capital offense by their commission of spiritual fornication with their brothers in Satan, the Arminians. Despite some sharply opposing views amongst the aforementioned Calvinists and Arminians, there is nevertheless, an antichristian spirit of intercommunity (see Machen, Christianity & Liberalism, pp. 51-52).
“The doctrine of the cross perhaps was, and always will be, the capital offence.”
“The Romans, though attached to their old system of idolatry, were not averse to the admission of new divinities, upon the ground of what a modern writer calls, a spirit of intercommunity.”
“Nothing [will] more effectually secure a man in the peaceful possession of his own errors, than his pleadings for the indifference of error in general, and allowing those who most widely differ from him to be all right in their own way; and this lukewarm comprehension, which is a principle part of that pretended candour and charity for which our own times are so remarkable, preserves a sort of intercourse or confederacy amongst multitudes, who are hardly agreed in any one thing but their joint opposition to the spirit and design of the Gospel. But they who love the truth cannot but declare against every deviation from it; they are obliged to decline the proposed intercommunity.”
The Calvinists and Arminians mentioned above are agreed in their joint opposition to the spirit and design of the gospel of Jesus Christ. True Christians eschew and abhor such a “proposed intercommunity” of these foolish builders who have rejected the Precious Stone that has become the Chief Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6-8).
“As for the saints in the earth, they [are] the excellent ones; all my delight [is] in them. Their sorrows shall multiply [if] they run after another [god]. I will not pour out their drink offering of blood; and I will not take their names on my lips” (Psalm 16:3-4).