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What eternal ground of security and comfort is removed by those who believe in salvation by their own free will, choice, and derision? Why?







 

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

- Romans 9:16

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

- John 1:13

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

- Titus 3:5

 
GOD'S INTERNAL CALL

And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

- Acts 16:14

Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.

- Romans 8:30

Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power.

- Psalm 110:3a

No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me.

- John 6:44-45

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

- I Timothy 6:12

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.

But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

- I Corinthians 1:23-24

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

- Romans 11:29

Even when we were dead in sins, (God) hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).

- Ephesians 2:5

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

- I Corinthians 1:9

There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.

- Ephesians 4:4

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory.

- I Thessalonians 2:12

Believers in man's free will deny the truth of God's internal call. They believe that there is only one call of God - an external call. According to them, man freely chooses whether to accept or reject the gospel invitation; he has the ability to do either. Some believers in free will (the Pelagians) teach that man is born neutral; he can freely choose the gospel's or Satan's call, God or self, salvation or damnation, heaven or hell. Other believers in free will (the Semi-Pelagians) teach that the death of Christ removed original sin from all people on earth, and therefore every person has the ability to freely choose Christ or Satan, God's will or self will, life or death. The result in both cases is the same - the doctrines of man's total depravity and God's limited atonement, unconditional election, internal calling, irresistible grace, and regeneration are denied.

Our church forefathers expressed this truth very clearly in the following statement:


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