At the Society of Evangelical Arminians, the blogger asks us to name that theological position,
God created humankind to be in His image, and thus, humanity was created perfect. But, when Adam and Eve fell, them and all of their descendants became so entrenched in sin that it became impossible for them to accomplish any true good. Their hearts became devoted to evil. But God, in His mercy did not want humanity to fully suffer from its sin. So, He provided for each human an amount of grace to prevent them from reaping the full measure of their sin. God also wanted to redeem humanity. So, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, so that whoever would have faith in Him would be redeemed by the cross. But, because of humanity’s depraved state, no one can generate such faith. Therefore, God provides sufficient grace, so that whoever comes to have faith in Christ alone does so by that grace of God.
I would say Arminians, of course, while others might say Calvinism. The blogger, Martin Glynn, goes on to show that in the grand scheme of things, Arminianism and Calvinism are separated by a very thin wall. Not sure I would agree with him on that.
I am essentially an Arminian, believing that every person has the free will to choose to follow God – yet I find that the grace of God must act as a preceeding agent, the call, to the person before they can respond. We cannot do good – holy and righteous – things on our own.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. (Romans 7:18 NKJV)
We cannot come to God unless He first calls, but I believe that everyone will have that chance – not just a select few. For me, when I see the words ‘election’ and predestined, I think of the Church.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30 NKJV)
What do you think?