Conclusions

Posted in 5 Points on May 24th, 2009
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According to Arminianism: According to Calvinism
Salvation is accomplished through the combined efforts of God (who takes the initiative) and man (who must respond) man’s response being the determining factor. God has provided salvation for everyone but His provision becomes effective only for those who, of their own free will, choose to cooperate with Him and accept His offer of grace. At the crucial point, man’s will plays a decisive role; thus man, not God, determines who will be the recipients of the gift of salvation. Salvation is accomplished by the almighty power of the Triune God. The Father chose a people, the Son died for them, the Holy Spirit makes Christ’s death effective by bringing the elect to faith and repentance, thereby causing them to willingly obey the gospel. The entire process (election, redemption, regeneration) is the work of God and is by grace alone. Thus God, not man, determines who will be the recipients of the gift of salvation.