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Irresistible Grace

Irresistible Grace tells us that the elect. those the Calvinists say are unconditionally elected to eternal life, cannot resist the grace of God and God's determination to save them. Those not elected are doomed to damnation whether they want that or not. Those that are elect can do nothing to resist being saved.

Calvinists say that God has predetermined that some will be elect and have eternal life. They will be drawn by irresistible grace and have no choice but to comply and become born again. God has prevented those not elected from accepting His call, then He punishes them for not doing what He prevented them from doing. This is not a God of love, nor a God of mercy, but it is the god of Calvinism. There is not a word in the Bible that says a sinner is not able to believe the gospel of salvation but yet those not elect are condemned by God for not believing, according to Calvinism.

God wanted to save the Jews in Jerusalem but He could not because they resisted His grace. It is clear in this verse that God allows man to have a choice. If man has a choice Irresistible Grace is not Biblical.
Matthew 23:37-39, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord."

In the following verses of the book of Proverbs, we see that God called them and they refused. This means man has a choice and is not forced by irresistible grace to be born again.

Proverbs 1:22-27, "How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as that desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you."

John 6:37 is one of the Calvinist favorite proof text. It says, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Calvinist use this verse to support Election and Irresistible Grace. However, if irresistible grace is taught in this verse it has to be for all those that believe on Christ and not just an elect few that Calvinism teaches that was predetermined before the foundation of the world. This verse does not say that God has predetermined only some for salvation. The verse says that all the Father gives Him will COME to Christ. Who does the Father give to Jesus Christ?

Look at John 6:40, "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." Calvinist twist the verse to mean that only the elect can see the Son as they do to all verses to change the meaning to their false belief system. This verse actually tells us that it is the will of the Father that every sinner that believes on Jesus Christ will be saved and have everlasting life.

Calvinists say people are elected to salvation but is that true? Look at Hebrews 2:3, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;" Since it is the elect people, drawn by irresistible grace, that have salvation, how can they neglect so great salvation since it is irresistible? If the elect are drawn by irresistible grace and if the election doesn't have anything to do with the sinner what does the exhortation in this verse mean? How could one that is elected for salvation with eternal life from the foundation of the world and drawn by irresistible grace depart from God? This election and irresistible grace is another twisting of God's Word to make Calvinism sound legitimate.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, "But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." Calvinists say these verses teach irresistible grace, that the Spirit of God forced these brethren to be born again. However, this verse says they were chosen to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Calvinists say God draws us through His irresistible grace, then we are born again, then God gives us faith and repentance. This is directly against what the Bible teaches. The verses says He called you by our gospel. The our gospel is the gospel of salvation that Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Also notice that John 1:9 tells us that Jesus lightens every man that comes into the world. Then Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will convict, John 16:8, and the Holy Spirit will draw the sinners and those that believe the gospel will be saved, John 12:32. This is another example of Calvinists inserting their own thoughts into God's Word instead of accepting what God's Word says.

Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved by grace through faith. So how do we get faith? Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So when we hear the gospel of salvation we can believe it and then we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 1:13. When one hears the gospel of salvation they can accept or reject Jesus Christ. John 6:40 says, "And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." They have a choice and are not irresistibly drawn to God for salvation.

John 17:1-2,6 “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word." God gave Jesus some men but we must ask if they are those elected and drawn by irresistible grace or are they the ones who believed and accepted the work of Jesus Christ for salvation? Many times over the Bible tells us they are the ones who believe. John 6:40 says that every one that seeth the Son and believeth on Him can have everlasting life. John 1:12 says as many as received Him He gave the power to become the sons of God and even to those that believe on His name. Jesus said in John 3:14-16, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." It is clear that God does not draw men to Him by irresistible grace but simply by His grace through faith, Ephesians 2:8.

Next look at John 3:8, "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." This verse doesn't say anything about anyone being drawn by irresistible grace. It tells us that the Spirit is like the wind which we can't see. However, you can see the Spirit working in the lives of those that are saved.

We know that sinners don't seek God, Romans 3:11. Calvinists use this verse to say that those drawn in this verse are the elect, predetermined before the foundation of the world and will be irresistibly drawn. However, when we take this verse in context we see that ALL men are drawn and in John 1:9 we see that all men are given light.

2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  Notice that the Lord isn't willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Clearly all people have a choice and are not being drawn by an irresistible grace and forced into salvation. No where in the Bible does it mention the word irresistible let alone teach that grace is irresistible.

What about evangelism and spreading the gospel? Some Calvinists have said they preach the gospel because they are commanded to in Matthew 28:19-20. A non Calvinist born again believer might think that is good. One should asked what gospel they preach and to whom do they preach. Calvinists claim The elect alone are the object of grace; for them alone the gospel is good news. Custance says, “Calvinism is the Gospel and to teach Calvinism is in fact to preach the Gospel. Garrett says, The Gospel is not a means in regeneration. The Gospel is for the man who already has life. The apostle Paul gives us the gospel of salvation and it is not Calvinism, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Preaching Calvinism is preaching a different gospel, Galatians 1:6.

Look at the example the apostle Paul set for us. He did not believe the elect would be forced to believe through irresistible grace. Paul believed in the power of the Word of God. Paul strove to preach the Gospel, Romans 15:20, and said, Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel, 1 Corinthians 9:16. Paul believed salvation was available when one heard the gospel, Romans 10:14; Romans 10:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:1. Paul also gave us the Gospel of salvation in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.


Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13

Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13

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