Fallen man's hope lies in God's grace; that God's grace is deeper than man's sin. Why is this true?
Does an Arminian believe in conditional or unconditional election? Why?
Unconditional election is intimately connected to total depravity. If God would elect to save certain sinners only upon their meeting of certain conditions, then nobody would ever be saved, for all are totally-depraved sinners. But God's grace is deeper than man's sin. God's grace is wonderfully free, sovereign, and all-conquering. God's electing grace is a great source of hope for hopelessly lost sinners!
The following chart contrasts the main beliefs of Calvinism and Arminianism regarding God's election.
GOD THE FATHER'S ELECTION
1. God's electing of certain persons to salvation is based upon His foreseeing that they would
repent, believe, and turn to Him.
2. The sinner's choice of God is the ultimate cause of salvation.
1. God's election is based upon His eternal, free, and sovereign grace. The elects' repentance and faith are results, or fruits, of God-given grace, not the cause thereof.
2. God's gracious choice of the sinner is the ultimate cause of salvation.
The following scriptural references are examples which verify the truth of the two Calvinistic statements listed on the preceding chart.
1. God's election is based upon His eternal, free, and sovereign grace (not "upon God's foresight of the individual's own response to the gospel," as Arminianism teaches).
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth;)
It was said unto her, The elder shall
serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved,
but Esau have I hated.
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.