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The Bible Teaches Calvinism, Not Free Will
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One of the strongest proofs that Reformed, Calvinistic theology is correct that God's election and regeneration is necessary for salvation is to look at the various people in the Bible with whom Jesus had encounters. How many of these used their free will to make a decision for Jesus? All the disciples were called (including Paul). Lazarus, and the son of the Widow of Nain, were both dead. Legion was mentally incapacitated. The man at Bethesda had "no man" and couldn't save himself. Is there a case where someone made a decision to come to Jesus? (That is, for salvation - several people came to him for miracles.) This is an interesting study, to look at the people who came to Jesus and see if they did so of their free will.

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I clicked your Calvinism category and came across this post. I will admit I ride the fence between Calvinism and Arminianism, as it is fairly easy to defend, and hard to defeat either position scripturally.

Anyway, Jesus gave the freedom to some to 'count the cost' and decide whether or not to follow. Was the rich young ruler cast out? or did he turn away under his own accord? You could go on and on with examples of 'apparent' choice.

I certainly understand the ramifications of rejection of Calvinistic teaching to result in some sense of works based salvation, and clearly salvation is not of works. At the same time an out and out rejection of free will requires a gross manipulation of countless scriptures as well.

I am blessed by your blog and not trying to make an argument for or against anything, simply saying that both camps (Calvs vs. Arminian) seem at best inconsistent, and at worst dishonest. Plus they do a tremendous job of misrepresenting the other side's belief. I was out and out Calvinist at one point, and was reading Wesley expecting to blast him out of the water, only to find that most Calvinists I have heard speak about him totally lied concerning his doctrine.

And it goes the other way too.

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