Arminianism & the Doctrines of Grace
The Five Points of Arminius
The Five Doctrines of Grace
The Second Point
Election is conditioned upon man's (good works of ) repentance and faith in Christ. If this is true, then election is based on God's foreknowledge of each one who will respond to the offer of the Gospel and who freely wills to exercise his faculty of self-determination, and be saved. Man's good works of repentance and faith must precede God's good work of Regeneration. He must "make a decision for Christ" and "invite or let Jesus come into his heart." For, according to Arminius, God will not violate the will of man by giving life, or opening the heart, without man's prior permission.
Texts used: 1 Pet 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father....
Rom 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew ...
Mark 1:15 ....the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Mark 11:22 .. Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
John 5:24 .. He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
The Second Doctrine
Election to salvation is grounded entirely in the free will of God and in His purpose for those whom he chose "in Christ Jesus" before the foundation of the world.
God's foreknowledge is based upon His purpose, for His purpose is the manifestation of His sovereign will. Since man is incapable of giving himself life, opening his own blind eyes, or teaching himself spiritual truth, God must choose to act on man's behalf. The work of Regeneration (new birth/giving new life), therefore must precede faith and repentance. God must first "open the heart" and cause His elect "to will and to do" that which is pleasing to Him, otherwise none would believe, for none would nor indeed could choose to believe. Far from being the puppets of God - men are set free to choose God and His will by sovereign grace alone. Until men receive that grace, they remain the slaves of sin.
God Chooses, Not Man:
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.... Acts 13:48 ... as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Phil 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Election Based On God's Purpose (Plan):
Eph 1:11 .... being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Man is Incapable - God Must Initiate:
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Matt.11:27 ... no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Acts 16:14 ....Lydia...heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended to the things that were spoken by Paul.
See also Heb.12:2 Luke 17:5 etc. etc.
Begotten of God :
1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... God chose to save certain sinners, not for anything good He saw in them, but simply and freely of His own love and GRACE. Otherwise Grace is not Grace, for "Grace" by definition is the UMERITED favour of God.
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