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Why is a personal conviction of my totally-depraved state necessary?

4. Saving faith is God's gift to the sinner (not "the sinner's gift to God").

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.

-John 6:44

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

-Romans 6:23

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

-Ephesians 2:8-9

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

-Romans 5:15

5. God's grace is the crucial difference between those that are saved or lost (not "man's choice").

But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).

-Ephesians 2:4-5

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.

-Colossians 2:13

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

-Romans 11:6

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

-Acts 15:11

The following examples illustrate the different views of man's depravity by the Arminians and Calvinists.

    Picture a man who leaps from a window five stories high and falls senseless to the pavement below.

    The Arminian sees the fallen man as being wounded and ill, but still able to help himself. He struggles and crawls to the nearest phone booth and calls for help. An emergency team arrives and cares for his needs.

    The Calvinist views the man as having fallen to his death. He does not seek or cry for help, for he is not conscious of his need for it. However, a person who witnessed the fall rushes to him, and through artificial


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