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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Are We Saved by Free Grace or Free Will?

    There are many persons in the visible church who declare that we must meet a condition before God will extend His grace to us. But if there is a condition we must meet, then how can it still be considered grace? Grace is unmerited favor granted to sinners, not based on any condition the sinner must first meet, but based on God's unconditional love for those he came to save (Eph 1:4. 5). Indeed God does make us responsible to meet His condition(s), but thanks be to God, His love for His people is not based on meeting those condition(s). In fact the bible teaches us that His love is so great that God loved us while we were still sinners and showed this love to us by meeting the condition(s) for us in the Person of Jesus (Rom. 5:8). In Him God does for us what we are unable to do for ourselves ... living the life we should have lived and dying the death we justly deserved ... giving us everything we need for salvation, including a new heart to believe (Deut 29:4, 30:6; Ezek 36:26; John 6:63, 65, 37). Grace is not a reward for those who obey God's summons to believe, but the cause of our obedience to the summons (John 17:9, 12, 17, 20, 24).

    Posted by John on November 25, 2013 01:33 PM

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    YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT

    Do believers who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the only Son of God believe because they heard the gospel preached and believed of their own free-will or because God forced them to believe it?

    The proponents of the five points of Calvinism make the point that a believer in Jesus only believes because of "Irresistible grace." In other words "You didn't believe that," God believed it for you.

    "Irresistible grace:" This doctrine, also called "efficacious grace", asserts that that saving grace of God is effectually applied to those whom he has determined to save (that is, the elect) and in God's timing, overcomes their resistance to obeying the call of the gospel, bringing them to a saving faith. This means that when God sovereignly purposes to save someone, that individual certainly will be saved. The doctrine holds that this purposeful influence of God Holy Spirit cannot be resisted, but that the Holy Spirit, "graciously causes the elect sinner to cooperate, to believe, to repent, to come freely and willingly to Christ." (Ref:Calvinism-Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    First, if the Holy Spirit cannot be resisted, then it is not free-will. God believed for you. "YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT."

    John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

    The Calvinistic interpretation of John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, to save a few preselected men and to let the remainder burn in hell for all eternity."

    The "grace alone" advocates proclaim that God forced you to believe. Their unspoken motto, "YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT."

    John 3:18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    Why would God judge men who do not believe if the only avenue to belief is through the "irresistible grace" of the Holy Spirit. The non-believers motto would be "I DIDN'T NOT BELIEVE THAT." Their plea would be, "The Holy Spirit did not force me to believe."

    John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

    If "irresistible grace" were factually correct, it would be impossible to disobey God and not believe.

    2 Corinthians 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.

    The unbelieving have been blinded by the god of this world. God want all men to be saved. If there is "irresistible grace" then Satan could not blind anyone from seeing the light of the gospel. Men choose not to believe, they have free-will.

    Hebrews 2:9 But we see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of GodHe might taste death for everyone.

    Jesus died for everyone, not a select few who are saved by so-called "irresistible grace."

    Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who week Him.

    God is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
    God does not select a certain few who He saves by "irresistible grace."


    GRACE ALONE ADVOCATES ARE IN ERROR WHEN THE IMPLY THAT CHRISTIANS "DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT."

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