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Views of Grace ~ The Elect or Choice

Posted By marita on October 29, 2010

What are the varying views on Grace? On Salvation?

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8,9

I recently did a study on Grace and as I like to leave notes of what I am studying as reminders on down the road of  journey I thought I would share them here.

It is mind-blowing to think about the depth of grace God shows to his people, even to all the world.

In researching grace and how we as as the church view it I began to go down the road of believing, salvation, etc.

Stemming from the reformation there are 2 varying views of belief that the majority of denominations uphold. The Five Points of Calvanism (TULIP) and Five Points of Arminianism.

Five Points of Calvanism

  1. Total Depravity – Sin affects every part of human nature, resulting in our inability to choose good over evil.  We must be regenerated by the Holy Spirit in order to believe.
  2. Unconditional election – God’s choice determined not by our forseen response rather, faith and repentance are also gifts given by God.  God’s choice of us, not our choice of God, is the cause of salvation.
  3. Limited atonement – Jesus’ death and resurrection actually saved the elect; it guarntees everything necessary for salvation, including the gift of faith.
  4. Irresistble grace – The Holy Spirit’s call is irresistible; God’s grace never fails to result in salvation for those to whom it is extended.
  5. Perseverance of the saints – Salvation cannot be lost, as it is completely powered by God; thus the elect will persevere to the end.

Five points of Arminianism

  1. Free will or human ability – Free will consists of our ability to choose good over evil; we have the poser to cooperate with God’s grace or resist it.
  2. Conditional election – God’s choice determined by knowledge of what man would do.  Our choice of God, not God’s choice of us, is cause of salvation.
  3. Universal redemption or general atonement – Jesus’s death and resurrection made it possible for all to be saved, but is effective only for those who choose to accept it.
  4. Resistible grace – Our free will limits the Holy Sprit’s ability to draw us toward salvation; God’s grace can be resisted.
  5. Falling from grace – Salvation can be lost, as it requires our cooperation.

I’m curious to know what your thoughts are on these points.  I would like to read some differing views.  Keeping them civil by all means, simply state your thought and beliefs and why. 



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I live in Maricopa, AZ with my wonderful husband Don, my step-daughter Marilyn. I'm originally from Van Buren, AR with about a 20 year stint in Dallas, TX before moving to Maricopa in 2009.


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