I do believe that.
No, they must be born again (regenerated) before they are able to have faith in Christ. Remember, before re-birth, a person is dead in sin, and dead men cannot have faith.
It happens at the same time, but regeneration logically precedes faith.
It happens at the same time, but faith logically precedes regeneration.
God is Sovereign.
God is Love.
God is worthy of all glory!
Of course. It's a good summary of fundamental theological truths.
I know what it is, but I don't really agree with it.
I don't know what it says.
Dude! I have half of it memorized!
Yes. Jesus died for the world, and offers salvation to all men. [The world here means every person in the whole entire world, and all means all of them!]
No, He died for "all without distinction" but not "all without exception." He died not only for Jews, but also for gentiles. This is what the Scripture is referring to and emphasizing when it says that Christ died for "all."
Christ died only for the Elect.
Jesus died to provide salvation for all, and to procure salvation for the elect. It was sufficient for all, but only made efficacious for those who believe.
He only died for Paul. See Gal 2:20.
Claim that it is a "Great Mystery" And "Who are you, oh man, to answer back to God?"
End the discussion with speech about christian love and charity. Affirm respect for the other party.
Claim that you were "predestined" to disagree with calvinism! And who are THEY to answer to answer to God?!?
Go off to study some more greek...
If by "secretly instigated" you mean "allowed," then yes!
No! What are you talking about! That's ridiculous!
Yes - that's the hard truth taught in the Scripture, my friend. You need to put aside your traditions and sentimentality here.
None of the above
In relation to human affairs, or in relation to God? I mean, you must know that God can do nothing wrong.
A respectable scholar who knows greek, and is very good at exegesis.
Sincere but wrong.
Truly free will existed before the fall, but since then all unsaved men have a depraved will.
We are free beings who can choose between chocolate and vanilla for no obvious reason. We have free will because we are free to follow our desires.
We are free agents: we determines our own choices (they are not externally determined) Thus, we are morally responsible for what we do.
Man has free agency, of course, even though God decrees man's every action, and man can justly be held responsible for his sins.
We have free will in the sense that we always have the option of acting otherwise.
His grace can be resisted in the life of a believer, and the grace given to the non-elect can be resisted, but the grace associated with regeneration or salvation is effectual. It will not fail, it does not rely on the creature.
False. None of God's grace can be resisted.
"Irresistible" isn't the best way to say it. You see, God's grace regenerates a person, and then the person does not WANT to resist!
God could have made His grace irresistible, but doesn't. He wants a real and voluntary relationship with people.
Yes, but you are still responsible for it
He decreed it, but didn't causally determine it
Absolutely! To believe otherwise would be prideful.
Yes, election is unconditional.
Election is unmerited, but is not unconditional. God picks conditions according to His good pleasure. Like salvation, it is conditional on faith which is not a work.
Election is unmerited, but is conditional.
I believe in God's sovereign will which isn't the same as His moral will.
No I don't believe that. Why would God have conflicting wills?
Yes. God decrees everything, and we don't understand all of that. His ways are higher than our ways. This is different from His revealed will in the Scripture.
I believe in God's simple will (revealed will, moral will) as being a part of complex will, or the counsel of His will. These two do not contradict one another.
The root of Semi-Pelagianism, and ultimately Arminianism.
The doctrine of the guy who taught that the doctrine of Original Sin is false.
Pelagianism views humanity as basically good and morally unaffected by the Fall. This is not what Arminus taught.
Pelagianism views humanity as basically good and morally unaffected by the Fall. Arminians do not like to admit that their doctrine comes from this teaching.
Calvinism teaches that God is the Author of sin. Calvinists deny this, but it is the logical implication of what they affirm.
In Calvinism, God forces people to be saved and leaves others to burn without a hope: People don't really have free will then, and are like puppets or robots!!!
Arminianism teaches a man-centered gospel, which is based of tradition, eisegesis, and sentimentality.
God is dependent upon the creature.
God does not want all people to be saved enough to give them grace enough for them to even have a chance.
Yes. I believe in double-predestination.
No. God predestines people unconditionally to heaven, but does not determine ahead of time that the others will go to hell.
Yes, God decides those things, but He does not predestine anyone to hell.
No, God predestines people conditionally.
Because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. I love non-believers, want them to be saved, and so I want to share the good news with them!
Because God commands us to.
We witness because God has not only decreed the end result (of salvation for some) but also the means to get there (our witnessing)
We should witness out of love and concern for a person's eternal well-being.
No. He would not be sovereign if He did not decree all things.
I wouldn't call it determinism, and I do think that part of God's decree is allowing things, but without God's eternal decree, He would not be sovereign.
Of course He would still be God. He is still in charge, and always will be, even if He does not control everyone's thoughts and actions. He rules as king over free subjects, and all will be judged by Him at the end of the day. Also, He intervenes to make what He wants to happen to actually happen, like in the story of Jonah.
He would still be God even if He abandoned earth!
Yes, but His love for the elect is different from His love for the non-elect. He loves them enough to bless them in this life, but His love in offering/granting salvation is only toward the elect.
Yes, but His love for the elect is different from His love for the non-elect. He lovingly offers salvation to all, but those who ultimately reject that offer will be separated from His love forever in hell.
No, God hates some people. He loves some and hates others.
God loves everyone, even those He hates. He hates the wicked - I was once wicked, and yet I know that He loved me enough to die for me while I was still wicked and in my sins.
All means all of all, and that's all all means. The world can mean the physical earth, or all the people of the world.
All means all people without exception, in the context of God's sovereignty, but all people without distinction in the context of who Christ died for. All means different things in different contexts. The world, in reference to sovereignty means all people on the world, but means the elect from around the world, in John 3:16.
There are 22 definitions of "world" in the dictionary, and 6 definitions of the greek word for "all" in the New Testament. I cannot define them all here.
All means all with respect to the obvious group being talked about. IE All was made by God = All except for God Himself, All in the universe. In "God so loved the world," the world means every person on the earth.
No, but He is glorified in His justice and exploitation of that evil.
Yes. All things glorify God. He decreed it.