Many Christians today are divided over the doctrines of Grace. This article will refute the claims made by arminians and reveal the Biblical evidence of God’s Sovereignty over ALL matters including salvation.
John 6:44 says “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” Verse 65 is like it.
“And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
We are incapable of coming to the Father by ourselves. Many people ask the question, “Who drew you to Christ?” The correct answer should be”God the Father”. If folks attribute salvation to another human being, they are not giving God the Glory which will bring about God’s wrath. This also is a sign of an unregenerate heart because the natural man loves to boast.
The Calvinistic viewpoint also teaches Unconditional election. Before creation, God chose a people for himself in order to display his Glory. Ephesians 1:4,11 says
“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.11 In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,”
Arminians say that God will not go against the precious almighty will of mankind. What they willfully ignore is that our will is changed. God gives us a heart of flesh and takes away the heart of stone.
”and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”
Before creation, God chose a people for himself for his Glory and wrote their names in the book of life. Many people believe that your name is written in the book of life when you are saved. This is a lie and is nowhere found in scripture. If this is hard to understand, it is because people mistakenly think God owes them salvation.
Arminians believe that every person has an equal shot at salvation. We will examine the Bible verses commonly used by arminians and rebuke their claims. We will start with 1 Timothy 2:4.
“4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
This verse would appear to say that God wants every person to be saved but we must read scripture in context. The three preceding verses are
1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
If the arminian was being consistent, according to verse one we’d better get the phonebook out so we can pray for every man alive. But no. Verse two gives us the context by implying that every type of man should be prayed for. The author emphasized Kings and all in authority because these types of people were the primary source of persecution for Christians. However, God wants these types of people to be saved also. God’s wants all men saved meaning all types of men.
The 1 Peter 3:9 argument
“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.”
Who is the Lord Longsuffering toward? Us. Why? Because he is not willing that any of US should perish. Think about it. If the Lord returned 2000 years ago, we would not be here. But because God intended for us to be a part of His family, he waited. Why? Because it is his Will that all of the elect come to repentance.
Romans 8:8 - “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Believing on Jesus Christ is pleasing to God. Therefore, regeneration must precede faith.
The calvinistic viewpoint teaches Limited atonement. That is- Jesus did not die for every living being but for the elect. Arminians believe that Jesus’s death covered the sins of every single person alive on earth. This raises some very serious questions. If this viewpoint is true, then Christ died for millions of people who are burning in Hell right now and Christ’s death for them was a failure all because they didn’t accept Him. Does this line up with Scripture? John 10:11 states
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
Who did Jesus lay down his life for? Was it for every person alive or was it for the sheep? The answer is clearly, the sheep. And the Shepherd chooses his own sheep! The fact that there are sheep implies that there are goats as well. Arminians may try to say that everyone is in God’s flock. Again, where is that in the Bible? They are making up unfounded myths to justify their erroneous viewpoint. Who are the sheep? The Sheep are the people who hear his voice.
John 10:26-29 says,
“but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.”
Does everyone hear Jesus’s voice? Absolutely not. Jesus said to the unbelievers that they do not believe because they are not his sheep. Who are His sheep then? The ones whom the Father has given to Him (Verse 29). Further evidence of this is John 6:37.
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
Arminians believe that the salvation of any one person is because of their choice. They also believe that Jesus’s death on the cross did not actually save anyone. It just made all men savable. “Without accepting Jesus into your heart, you will not be saved” is what they say. The Bible actually has something very different to say. Ephesians 5:2 says
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
Jesus’s death actually did save people!! The arminian may find this difficult to understand because they like to boast about their salvation. “I believed. I repented of my sins. I came to Christ through faith. It’s all about what I did”. This is not an attitude of a regenerate heart. It’s clear that Jesus’s death actually covered the sins of people.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “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.”
We cannot earn salvation. It is a gift. It is because we have faith in Christ that we have eternal life. Who gave us that faith to begin with? Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it clear that it’s God. Therefore, God gives us the faith necessary to believe on Christ in order that we may be saved for his GLOY. Faith in itself is a gift from God. The arminian misinterprets verses and does not read the Bible consistently. John 6:44 says that no one cam come to Christ unless the Father “draws them”. God draws sinners to himself through the effectual call of His Holy Spirit.
Perseverance of the Saints.
The elect will remain believers until death or the Lords Coming.
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand”
Psalm 37:28 - “For the Lord loves justice;
he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,”
Gods power preserves his saints. Believers will always be believers because the work of the Holy Spirit in them will not fail, causing them to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ always. Some people call this “eternal security”. This is also accurate.
Arminians may ask, “If God is able to save everyone, why doesn’t He?” The simple answer is that he chose not to. He chose to demonstrate his mercy in the Salvation of the elect and his justice in the damnation of the unbelievers. (Romans 9:22). Because God is God, he has the right to do this and if the arminian does not approve, “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”
God does everything for his Glory. The Jesus being portrayed as a weak beggar begging to get someone to follow him is not the Jesus of the Bible. Jesus will save completely those whom the Father has given to Him. This is the Biblical Gospel of Power and it lets God be God.