Re: Free Will
Originally Posted by Allen
I would consider myself OSAS believer that does not agree with the Calvinist view. Some call folk like me OSAS Arminian. Several passages that I feel are critical to the understanding are Luke 7:50 and Titus 3:5. Jesus told the woman that her faith saved here. Titus 3:5 tells us what Saved means, "washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” In short man is saved because of two things his faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit then regenerating the believer, saving him. This places faith first and salvation second which is the opposite from Calvinism. Election is a Biblical Doctrine and I accept Peter’s explanation of it that we are elect according to foreknowledge and that as Paul states we are elect in Christ Eph 1. The call to believe on its own teaches free will. Faith is not a work but for the Calvinist to maintain their view they have to make faith a work if it is not a special infused gift after one is saved/regenerated.
A book that I felt was very helpful in dealing with this issue is "Grace Faith Free Will" Contrasting Views of Salvation: Calvinism and Arminianism by Robert E. Picirilli
1 Timothy 2:3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
These words are some of the most powerful ones expressing clear teaching against determinism or “so called soft determinism."