Calvinism testifies of an Almighty God and a needy sinner. Arminianism refers to an almighty sinner and a needy God. How are these statements true?
1. The Holy Spirit applies salvation to the elect by His regenerating and converting work (not "that He only tries to influence them").
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
-John 3:3, 5-6
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
-I Peter 1:2
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding
as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are
changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
-II Corinthians 3:17-18
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.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
-I Corinthians 12:3
2. The Holy Spirit works repentance and faith as God-given
gifts in the souls of the elect (not "the person himself').
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.
And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
3. The Holy Spirit works His inward, irresistible call in the
hearts of the elect (not "only His outward call" to them).