"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10.13). It does not say whosoever is irresistibly made to call upon..."
"He said, If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you" (Ex. 15.26). Seems like God is given them an option. Why does the Calvinist god irresistibly make them comply and others not? Isn't that sadistic to tell someone to do what is right when they are not able in the cult of Calvinism?
"God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.... We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life" (Acts 11.17,18). "I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus" (Acts 2.21).
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name" (John 20.31). I don't think it says "having received life, that ye may believe." That would be weird if there was two lives: a life before repenting and believing and a life after repenting and believing. Two kinds of eternal life? That's hard to believe.
"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too" (1 John 5.1). I don't think it says "having become a child of God, you believe that Jesus is the Christ." "The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him" (Ps. 37.23) in "repentance that leads to salvation" (2 Cor. 7.10). Doe it say salvation leads to repentance? Does it say one who delights in Him was made firm the steps of?
"All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that 'God is love.' But they seem not to notice that the words 'God is love' has no real meaning unless God contains at least two Persons. Love is one thing a person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love" (C.S. Lewis). God necessarily is love the highest kind of love. God is the one who brings creatures into the world, and He creates them to love Himself. If He determines their actions then He is really only determining Himself to be loved by Himself. So there is no real love God is receiving.
The footnote in my Life Application Study Bible for John 15.16 says, "Jesus made the first choice-to love and to die for us, to invite us to live with Him forever. We make the next choice-to accept or reject His offer. Without His choice, we would have no choice to make." "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou SHALT BE SAVED" (Rom. 10.9).
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11.25). Calvinists say man is dead so he can't choose life, but Jesus said even though man is dead, you can believe in Him and shall live (regenerate). "But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased" (Ps. 115.3). "The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men" (v.16). If earth has been given to men how can it be that God determines everything? "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted" (Matt. 23.12). If the Calvinist waits for God to humble you, he will be too late. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word" (Is. 66.2). "All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time" (1 Pet. 5.5,6). The Calvinist says you can't humble yourself.
[Mat 7:7-12 KJV] "7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." What's the point of asking for salvation if you are irresistibly selected anyway? Would God give you a stone (preterition) if a son asks for bread of life? How can a Calvinist ever say you can't respond to God's command to believe in Him when verse 11 says even being evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children? If you can do this surely you can accept the gospel of salvation freely. If it is wrong for us not to help others, how is it wrong for God in reaching out to us with prevenient grace?
"But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ" (Gal. 3.22 NLT). It does not say "we receive God's promise of freedom so that we can be believe." It says "by believing" in Jesus Christ "we receive God's promise of freedom."
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it" (1 Cor. 10.13). Common to humanity -- common grace; way of escape -- prevenient grace.
Jesus said He "will draw all men unto me" (John 12.32), but the Calvinist say He doesn't draw all men to Himself. John 1.9 says, "That was the true Light, which lighteth EVERY MAN that cometh into the world." Rom. 1.19 says "that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them [all men]." And by observing nature everyone knows God exists (v.20) so nobody is without excuse (common grace). Rom. 2.11-16 indicates that sinners are drawn through their conscience, even when they have not heard the word of God. So in the end people go to Hell, not because of any alleged inability to come to Christ, but because they will not come to Christ -- "You will not come to me, that you might have life" (John 5.40). Calvinists will not come to Christ. The teaching that men, women and children are totally unable to come to Christ to trust Him as Saviour is not a Scriptural teaching. The language itself is not Scriptural reflecting the dead spirit of a Calvinist.
"Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts" (Mal. 3.7). You know how some people say they didn't choose God, but God chose them. Well, I like this verse which says God returns to those who return to Him, very similar to God chooses those who choose Him. "This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach" (Deut. 30.11).
"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1.15) If you could not repent, Jesus would not say it. So repentance can't be irresistibly imposed as Calvinists teach." "So he answered me, This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of Hosts" (Zech. 4.6). You can't be saved by your strength and might by declaring yourself irresistibly selected and priding yourself over others you claim were not.
"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction" (2 Pet. 2.1). Jesus bought people for salvation, yet they reject it. How can limited atonement be true if they were bought yet perish? It's because limited atonement is false. Jesus, thus, died for everyone. He bought everyone, but most reject His love and saving grace. "This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth" (1 Tim. 2.3,4). If God wants everyone to be saved and not everyone is saved then it must be for reasons other than God, a person's own decision. What's keeping them from being saved is themselves. "And you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life" (John 5.40). Jesus is blaming the person, putting on the person's shoulder to come to Him so therefore the person has free will and the full ability to accept the Lord Jesus as Savior so he is without excuse. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me" (Matt. 23.27). The onus is on the person. It says "you would not" not "you could not." "For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough" (2 Cor. 11.4). "Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead [seared]" (1 Tim. 4.1-2). "Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own" (John 7.17). Calvinism is Christianity without Jesus because Jesus is left out of the equation. They read their own theology into passages inserting into the text that which is not there. Evil!
"11 Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 12 Son of man, give your people this message: The righteous behavior of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the wicked behavior of wicked people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins" (Ez. 33.11,12). If a person couldn't respond by their free will then these verses would make God look like a sadistic bastard! Fortunately, Total depravity is a heresy, Calvinism is a cult, and Calvinists are going to Hell.
"Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says.’ Let the one who listens, listen, and let the one who refuses, refuse — for they are a rebellious house" (Ez. 3.27). Sounds like free choice, not irresistibly imposed. Therefore, to say someone's spirit is dead is not Total depravity, but "disassociation from life" and "cessation of communication from environment" -- in this case, cessation of communication with God. The entire chapter of Ez. 18 is talking about free will. "Throw off all transgressions you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.... This is the declaration of the Lord GOD. So repent and live" (Ez. 18.31,32). My Apologetics Study Bible notes make note of verse 23, "Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? This the declaration of the Lord GOD." The ASB states, "The implied answer is, No. God does not create some individuals for the specific purpose of meting out His judgment, as some claim." People are not born for Hell, but they choose Hell. Calvinists choose Hell. "Instead, don't I take pleasure when he turns from his ways and lives?" (v.24)
Does this seem like free will to you? "Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the LORD. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven" (Lam. 3.40,41). "In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one" (Eph. 6.16). "Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4.7). "Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Pet. 5.8). If we did not have free choice these verses would not make much sense.
The phrase in Romans 2.9 translated today as "every human being who does evil" is given in the original as "every soul of man who works evil." Hence, to warn the soul of a man who works evil is to warn an evil man. "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God" (Rom. 2.7-11).
How else is the Bible to express free will? "I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive [broken] in spirit, and trembles at My word. One slaughters an ox, one kills a man; one sacrifices a lamb, one breaks a dog’s neck; one offers a grain offering, one offers pig’s blood; one offers incense, one praises an idol — all these have chosen their ways and delight in their detestable practices" (Is. 66.2b,3). "I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt - you have rebelled..." (Jer. 3.12,13). Sounds like free will to me.
"If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]" (Is. 1.19,20). "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon" (Is. 55.6,7). It wouldn't make much sense God imploring you to accept Him if you didn't have the grace to the free choice to do so. "I tell you...unless you repent you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13.3). "Because of his sinful greed I was angry, so I struck him; I was angry and hid; but he went on turning back to the desires of his heart" (Is. 57.17).
“I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD" (Prov. 8.17,35). If you are totally unable to search out God and love Him then why does this passage implore us to search God out to find Him? Calvinism is Satanic. "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires" (Rom. 13.14). "If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all" (Is. 7.9). Sounds like free will to me.
God "declares sinners
to be right in his sight when they
believe in Jesus" (Rom. 3.26). Who? Not regenerated people but sinners. "And they came...every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD'S offering" (Ex. 35.21). Who made whose spirit willing? It doesn't say God did it. It says the person did it whom made his own spirit willing. "If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from myself" (John 7.17). "If only My people would listen to Me and Israel would follow My ways" (Ps. 81.13). "To will is present with me" (Rom. 7.18). If you can will something then you are not Totally depraved.
"God does not just sweep life away [preterition]; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him" (2 Sam. 14.14). This speaks of God's sufficient grace for all to have the free choice. "And she [Rahab of Jericho] said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you" (Joshua 2.9). "And they [the two men who spied out Jericho when they returned] said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us" (v.26).
"If ye offer a sacrifice...unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will" (Lev. 19.5). "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it" (Isaiah 1.19-20). If a person couldn't offer would not God have said so? That is sort of an important point to leave out. See Lev. 22.18; 23.38; Numb. 15.3; Deut. 12.6; 2 Chron. 31.14; Ps. 119.108. "Whosoever is of a willing heart" (Ex. 35.5); "who his spirt made willing" (v.21); "as many as were willing hearted" (v.22); "a heart with a willing mind" (1 Chron. 28.9; "who then is willing to consecrate his" (29.5); "offered willingly" (v.9); "I have willingly offered all these things" (v.17); "willingly offered himself unto the LORD" (2 Chron. 17.16); "princes gave willingly unto the people" (35.8). The NT contains many similar phrases: "The spirit indeed is willing" (Matt. 26.41); "Pilate [was] willing (Luke 23.20); "Ye were willing" (John 5.35); "The centurian [was] willing" (Acts 27.43); "They were willing of themselves" (2 Cor. 8.3); "a willing mind" (v.12); "not by constraint, but willingly" (1 Pet. 5.2). Are we to believe that that these Scriptures actually mean either man has no will or God causes him to be willing? Calvinism treats man as a puppet that God makes willing, yet the Bible gives man credit for having a willing heart as though the willingness were his own. The judgment seat of Christ, His promised rewards, the Great White Throne judgment, and the lake of fire are meaningless if all is of God and nothing is from the heart of man. The many statements about the person being willing from his heart become nonsensical.
There is a soulish as well as a spiritual wisdom. The first springs from man’s mind while the second is supplied to the spirit by God. Education may remedy any lack of understanding and wisdom in a natural man, but it cannot alter his natural endowment. Spiritual wisdom, though, may be realized through believing prayer (James 1.5). One thing which we ought to keep in mind is, that in redemption “God shows no partiality” (Acts 10.34). He places all sinners, wise or foolish, on the same footing, and confers upon them the same salvation. As the entire being of the wise is totally corrupted so is that of the foolish. In God’s sight the mind of the wise is as nonefficacious as that of the foolish. Both need the regeneration of the spirit; and after that it is no easier for the wise man than for the foolish to know the words of God. Now of course it is quite difficult for a very foolish person to know God; but is it less difficult for the wisest among men? Not at all, because God must be known in the spirit by everyone. Their minds may be unalike, yet both their spirits are dead and hence equally foolish and deficient in divine matters. Man’s natural cleverness does not help him to know God and God’s truth. No doubt the wise one is easier to reason with and is quicker in understanding, but it is altogether limited to the mental realm, utterly contrary to intuitive knowledge. We can conclude, therefore, since God is no respecter of persons and shows no partiality that He provides sufficient grace to all to give us all the choice whether through common grace or special grace of the gospel, for if a person had received God they would surely accept His only begotten Son if introduced to Him.
"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matt. 5.45). This verse speaks to me of God's grace that is sufficient for us all to be children of God whosoever is willing (prevenient grace).
Why is it that not everyone who says they trust in Christ are saved? Would it not be because they, in fact, worship a false Christ? They take on a Jesus who is not Jesus at all. It is not that you have to do more, but simply not worship a false Christ where there was no repentance, for God's way of salvation is with John the Baptist then faith unto Jesus to be regenerated. I think Christians can sense that exalted pride in the Calvinist which is very unattractive. They have erected an idol that prevents them from giving their lives Christ by rejecting the ample grace of God to us all to have the free-choice. Their God is not just unwilling but unable to. God is so much bigger than their god; actually, their god is downright evil, for think about it: if we behaved the way the Calvinist god does, we would be sinning horribly. How can God's standards be less than our own?
Jesus said, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not. That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die in your sins
" (John 8.23,24). Only God can atone for sins. Only the God who provides sufficient grace to all to have the choice can truly atone for sins. Unless you believe in this God you will go to Hell! "Repent ye therefore, and be converted [regenerated]
, that your sins may be blotted out" (Acts 3.19). Who is to do this? You. "Today I have given you the choice
between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!" (Deut. 30.19) "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men
" (Tit. 2.11)--speaks of the sufficient grace given to all men to have the free-choice. His grace is sufficient for all men Who came upon all men to be saved whosoever is willing. Now "the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance
" (2 Pet. 3.9). "Our Lord's patience gives people time to be saved" (v.16). Since God is longsuffering, doing all He can to save each and every soul, we all have the sufficient grace of God to have the free-choice. Thus, God is right in pleading with all to come to repentance.
"That he might have mercy upon all" (Rom. 11.32) speaks of the sufficient grace given to us all. God's enabling grace that is sufficient for us all is seen in 2 Cor. 8: "For they gave...beyond their means, of their own free will,...first gave their own selves to the Lord...by the will of God" (vv. 3,5). God seeks men because none seek after Him (Rom. 3.11-12); the Son came to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19.10). Such grace is given to us all to have the "free will" by the "will of God." Who is to give a free will offering? "YOU...with a free will offering that YOU give" from the sufficient grace of God has given you (Deut. 16.10). Only in Calvinism is free will not free will.
Calvinists say the spiritually dead can't do "what is pleasing in God's sight." Surely keeping the Passover was "pleasing in God's sight," and millions of spiritually dead Jews have kept it. Pagans told Isaac, "We have done unto thee nothing but good" (Gen. 26.29). Jesus said that sinners "do good" (Luke 6.33). A Calvinist will say man "is free to turn to Christ but not able." That's like saying man is free to travel to another galaxy, then judging them because they fail to do so. "We persuade men" (2 Cor. 5.11). What's the point of persuading if people don't have a choice? "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found" (Is. 55.6). Calvinists accuse Christians of "boasting," but how is a beggar boasting in accepting food?
Calvinism limits God to a "sovereignty" that can't handle free will. "I have set before you
life and death.... Choose life.... Love the LORD thy God" (Deut. 30.19-20). "If the LORD be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him" (1 Kings 18.21). "Look unto me [or turn to me], and be saved, all the ends of the earth" (Is. 45.22). "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jer. 29.13).
When a Calvinist tries to bring up Romans 9 just quote verse 22: "to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering"; enduring and longsuffering is sufficient grace to all. God foreknew the free-choice of Isaac and Esau.
God wants His own to exercise their wills actively to cooperate with Him. This is what is implied in such Scriptures verses as: "if any man’s will is to do his will, he shall know. . : " (John 7.17) and "ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you" (John 15.7). God never disregards our volition. "The Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him" (Acts 5.32). Obey how? Repent and believe unto regeneration to receive eternal life for the Holy Spirit to indwell.
No problem exists about who God wants to save or whom He will let perish. He wants to save everyone and He doesn't want any to perish. God wishes no one to "perish but all should reach repentance" because He "desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Pet. 3.9; 1 Tim. 2.4). Therefore, those who perish do so because though they have been given sufficient grace to respond, they prefer to be Calvinists or Atheists or any number of others who refuse to have the right attitude and genuineness in receiving what Jesus did on the cross. They are inclined to their religion. But those who receive Him receive everything. "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God" (John 1.12). What must they do? They must "believe on his name" (v.12). Who? The One who is "longsuffering to us" (2 Pet. 3.9) "who [in His sufficient grace] is the Saviour of all men" (1 Tim. 4.10). "How often would I have gathered your children...but ye would not" (Matt. 23.37), "you were not willing" (Luke 13.34).
We are saved not by the "will of man" (John 1.13) which is a selfish will or "will-worship" (Col. 2.23 ASV). In order to be saved, "let him who desires to take of the water of life freely" (Rev. 22.17) and not "refuse to come to me that you may have life" (John 5.40).
If people commence the search for salvation by assuming they are irresistibly selected and accepting any old spirit that comes over them, they are yet perishing. Various founders of religions belong to this category including in Christendom.
But if man is willing to accept what God offers to him, he shall be saved. In one case, man originates; in the other, he receives (whosoever is willing). One does the willing himself while the other accepts God's will.
John 1 speaks of man willing, whereas John 5 and Rev. 22 refer to man's accepting God's will. God wanted to save us who are saved and not those who self-profess they were irresistibly selected. God brings us to Himself as well as grants us new life. God bringing man to His will takes a lifetime in all its facets, but even at the outset God commences working to that end. The initial salvation is a salvation of the will to desire to take of the water of life freely, but this desire is contingent on sufficient grace given to everyone made in His image-every soul that ever existed.
In order for a Calvinist to be saved because he is presently not saved, unlike for others who are not religious, he will have to not only give his life to the Christ of sufficient grace whom he presently now rejects, but also deny Satan, self and the world. As yet he has been unwilling to do so. But our prayers go out to them that they do so now.
If we are really united with God in will, we shall cease at once every activity which emerges from ourselves. Hereafter there can be no independent action. We are dead to self but alive to God. No longer do we act for Him under our impulse and according to our way. We act solely after we are moved by God. We are set free from every motion of self. Such union, in other words, is a change of center, a new beginning. In the past all activities focused on self and began with it; today everything is of God. He does not ask the nature of whatever we start; He simply inquires who started it. God discounts every element not yet freed from self, no matter how good it may appear to be. It is not what the fallen man intends to do for God but how He Himself wishes man to do for Him that really counts in God's eyes.
"I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh" (John 6.51).
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee
life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live" (Deut. 30.19). "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 9.11-13).
When John first announced Christ as the Lamb of God, he added: "which taketh away the sin of the world" (1.29), thus emphasizing His redeeming work for all; otherwise, he would have said, "which taken away the sin of the world for some made to believe." "Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended by me" (Luke 7.23). It does not say, "blessed is he, whoever is made to not be offended by me." "For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men" (Tit. 2.11).
"While the promise of entering His rest remains, let us fear lest any of you be judged to have failed to reach it. For the good news came...but the message which they heard did not benefit them, because it did not meet with faith in the hearers. For only we who have believed enter that rest" (Heb. 4.1-3). Jesus "became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him" (Heb. 5.9) not "so all will obey him" or "some will be made to obey him."
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek" (Rom. 1.16). This verse does not say "the power of God for faith to every one who has been saved." Only the sinners who "received him...them that believe on his name" (John 1.12) become "born again...by the word of God...which by the gospel is preached" (1 Pet. 1.23,25). Indeed, "faith cometh by hearing...the word of God" (Rom. 10.17) in showing human participation. There is not one verse that says faith comes by regeneration. Do we dare turn "that believing ye might have life through his name" (John 20.31) into "that having life through his name, ye believed," or "believe...and though shalt be saved" (Acts 16.31) into "be saved and though shalt believe," or "come unto me...and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11.28) into "all who are given rest come to me," or "he that believeth is not condemned" (John 3.18) into "he that is not condemned believeth," or "he that believeth...shall never die" (John 11.25-26) into "he that shall never die believeth"? The Bible is too clear to corrupt.
Man is not regenerated by doing something special but by believing the Lord Jesus as his Savior: "to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave the power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1.12-13). First you must be willing to "receive him" then you may "become children of God" NOT the other way around. There is not some regeneration before salvation, for salvation is regeneration. "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" (Tit. 3.5). "Saved us" here is "washing of regeneration". To be regenerated/saved one must do what? "Believe in his name"; NOT assume pridefully you were irresistibly regenerated and without prior having had to believe on Him. For that is a selfish salvation.
God is the "Savior of all men, specially those who believe" (1 Tim. 4.10) NOT "Savior of all men [to sustain men but not from Hell], specially those who believe." The "specially those who believe" are included in as a subset of the "Savior of all men," yet some men included in "Savior of all men" are not saved from Hell. Do you see the contradiction? It's impossible to claim God is the Savior of all men yet not from Hell when "specially those who believe" will never go to Hell. What Paul is actually saying here is that God offers salvation to everyone through Jesus as the Savior of all men, specially those who believe, because they are the ones who responded to His sufficient grace for all. Neither is God the "Savior of all men [from each class or place], specially those who believe" for that is redundantly nonsensical. Obviously those who believe are those who would believe in each class or place.
Your spirit is your innermost man."The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord" (Prov. 20.27). "The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets" (1 Cor. 14.32). "Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit" (Ezek. 13.3). Man's spirit can go wild; hence a "haughty spirit" (Prov. 16.18) like that of Calvinists. Only a yielding spirit
can fulfill the thought of the divine Spirit: "and every one whom his spirit made willing
..." (Ex 35.21). "Do not quench the Spirit" (1 Thess. 5.19) with a hardened spirit. All of these verses indicate our volition has the choice what we wish to do with your spirit.
"Jesus told him, 'If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me'" (Matt. 19.21). Calvinists are too selfish to do this with their idol of Total depravity that says they can't, so they don't. He didn't say, I will let you know if you are saved or not by irresistibly regenerating you so that you can follow me, or when you get to Hell you will realize I passed over you. No. The selling is repentance, so you need to repent, believe, follow and receive
. Thus, He said "come, follow me." "Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee" (Matt. 19.27). Who followed thee? Peter and the disciples. God provides sufficient grace to be able to do so: "Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matt. 19.26) which speaks of His sufficient grace given to us all to have the choice.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit (Phm. 1.25). "You always resist the Holy Spirit" (Acts 7.51). "The bread...is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world" (John 6.51). "I came...to save the world" (John 12.47). Of the brass serpent lifted up on the pole it was promised, "everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live" (Num. 21.8). "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3.14-15). He was lifted up for only the elect? Leviticus presents an entire system of offerings and sacrifices for sin, and not one is compatible with the particular redemption of Calvinism. If the Levitical offerings were for all of Israel who would believe and obey God's Word, so the cross of Christ to which the sacrifices pointed must be to all of Israel, and thus to all the world
. All of Christ's blood had to be shed and the full penalty of sin paid to save even one sinner.
Since God provides sufficient grace to all of us then how can we be Totally depraved? Therefore, Total depravity is false, a legalism, an idol to erect that keeps one eternally separated from God which says you can't repent, so you don't, and that is selfish. You want an easy-believism in a selfish salvation, accepting any old spirit that simulates God's saving grace as a facsimile of God's design. You worship a false Christ, because you are unwilling to repent and believe in Christ to be regenerated (new birth, initial salvation, born-again, eternal life). That's why you are going to Hell which makes me very sad for you (speaking to the Calvinist).
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3.16). "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3.17). "Who desires all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Tim. 2.4-6). "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Pet. 3.9). "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2.2). "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3.20).
"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God's mercy upon them, and give thanks" (1 Tim. 4.1). Would God withhold His mercy upon people not allowing them sufficient grace to have the choice after we are told to plead for God's mercy for all? "The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17.31). How can God command anyone unless He provides that person sufficient grace to be able to respond in repentance? Is God vain, superficial and playing charades? "...because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead" (v.31). All men are assured which is sufficient grace upon all men so none are without excuse. God's grace comes to all men to give us all the choice to be saved by grace through faith; that is, to be able to repent and believe in Christ to be regenerated. Amen.
Grace is not sufficient if it is not sufficient for the whole world. If God did not provide ample grace to even only person, then it would not be sufficient. In Calvinism it is not sufficient for all, not even their irresistibly elect, since they had no choice. So the blood of the Christ of Calvinism pales in comparison to the blood of Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus can save everyone if everyone was willing, but the blood of the Jesus of Calvinism cannot, because only those made to will be. Whereas, the blood of the true Jesus is sufficient for all: "Who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe" (1 Tim. 4:10), "not wishing that any should perish" (2 Pet. 3:9). You are "without excuse" (Rom 1.20). How can you be without excuse if grace is not provided to all? And doesn't "specially those that believe" indicate that as "Savior of all men" there are some men that don't believe even though they received sufficient grace?
You can't divide up the blood of Christ to segment a portion for each person as you try to do in Calvinism. This is very legalistic. That's not how the blood works. The blood is for eternal forgiveness by an infinite God, so the blood is never wasted when God is perfectly righteous in His administering the blood to whomever is willing to receive it out of the whole world. "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2.2). "The whole world lieth in wickedness" (1 John 5.19). So "faith is spoken of throughout the whole world" (Rom. 1.8).
"According to the good pleasure of His will" (Eph. 1.5) the Father "himself is righteous, and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus" (Rom. 3.26). Only those who have "received him...[and] believe on his name" become the sons of God (John 1.12-13). Jesus is offering Himself in John 6 not to an elect but to the entire unbelieving multitude, showing the gospel is for all. Pleading with you, Jesus says "My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.... I am the bread of life" (vv. 32,35). The offer is to everyone, but the partaking is willingly from the heart. God pleading with Israel and mankind to repent are nonsensical if there are those from whom He withholds the grace to repent and the faith to believe. "If ye be willing and obedient
" (Is. 1.19). God predestinates by foreknowing our willingness and obedience.
What is the point of, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve
" (Joshua 24.15) if you could not receive the sufficient grace of God for all? If Christ imposes faith upon the elect without their choosing, why does He say to the woman, "Great is thy faith" (Matt. 15.28), or to the centurion, "I have not found so great faith" (Luke 7.9), or to two blind men, "According to your faith be it unto you" (Matt. 9.29)? What is the purpose of judgment, either for the saved or the damned, if everything is God's doing? How much clearer must God be to convince the Calvinist to receive Christ? To be able to accept salvation by faith or reject it no more gives any credit to the believer than accepting a gift of a million dollars gives to the recipient credit for earning the money. Never think because a person refuses the drawing of God when they "draw back unto perdition" (Heb. 10.39) that God is a failure. He does all He can do righteously, and if the person still refuses, that is their choice.
"He that cometh to me...that believeth on me" (John 6.35); "Every one who seeth the Son, and believe on Him" (v.40); "Every man...that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me" (v.45); "He that believeth on me" (v.47); "If any man eat...my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world" (v.51); "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life" (v.54); "The words that I speak...are spirit, and they are life" (v.63). These preceding passages explain the condition so that "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (v.37), and "the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day" (v.39). "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost THAT COME UNTO God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Heb. 7.25). "That come unto God by him" speaks of the sufficiency of God's grace for anyone that wants to come to God by Him.
"Not wishing that any should perish" (2 Pet. 3.9). I'm aware some might try to say this only applies to the elect, but the unassuming position should be to both the elect and non-elect. Besides, the elect can never perish. That God would want a person to perish, and from birth given no grace whatsoever to have the opportunity to be saved, makes the god of Calvinism an evil tyrant and sadistic. What love is this?
"Being born again
, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God
, which liveth and abideth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you
" (1 Pet. 1.23,25). You are born-again (regenerated) through believing the gospel
upon it being preached unto you; not regenerated then it is preached unto you to believe.
"As many as were ordained to eternal life believed" (Acts 13.48). How were they ordained to believe? By God foreknowing their free-choice, He approves or ordains into His design. "Seeing YOU put the gospel form you...we turn to the Gentiles" (v.46). "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate (Rom. 8.29)...elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father" (1 Pet. 1.2). "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1.12). Who gets to be a son of God? What precedes becoming a son of God? Those who receive Him, even those who believe on His name; not by the will of the flesh (passion) or the will of man (planning) (v.13). First you must believe so "whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God" (1 John 5.1). "In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise" (Eph. 1.13). When is a person sealed (regenerated)? After trusting and hearing and believing. How does this election take place? "Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate (Rom. 8.29)...elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father" (1 Pet. 1.2). By foreknowing our free-choice! Salvation is promised to all ("Repent, and be baptized every one of you" [Acts 2.38]), contingent upon individual faith ("Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" [Acts 16.31]).
"They that hear shall live" (John 5.25). "Ye will not come to me, that ye may have life" (John 5.40). "Every one who seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life" (John 6.40). "Believing ye may have life" (John 20.31). "Believe...and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16.31). If you are Totally unable, then why would God plead with you to hear, come, see and believe? And if you could not respond to the gospel because of an alleged Total depravity (Total inability), then God is being cruel and unjust even abusive by blaming those for not receiving Him when they were born into sin and are not responsible for the sins of their fathers. The Calvinist accuses the OSAS Arminian of a "works-oriented system" despite the fact that faith is contrasted to and the opposite of works and that the requirement of salvation is sola fide
(faith alone). What glorifies God, and who is really claiming, "because I was better than those who did not believe"? Those with repentance and faith agree, "Boasting...is excluded by the law of faith" (Rom. 3.27). But those without any prior repentance and faith assumed pridefully, "I have peace with God because God in eternity past chose this undeserving sinner and placed His grace and love upon me irresistibly"? Which do you think is true grace, peace and love? Make your choice
"Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel'" (Mark 1.15). "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out
" (Acts 3.19). Conversion (salvation, new birth, regeneration, born-again) follows repentance and belief in Christ. "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!
" (Deut. 30.19) "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men
" (Tit. 2.11). "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Pet. 3.9).
"As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?" (Ez. 33.11) If God says to turn from their wicked ways, but they cannot because they are Totally depraved then what does that make God? (Read all of Ezekiel 33) "But I know! I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve" (Jer. 17.10). God's actions depend on what we do even in response to our faith and does not take away from God's sovereignty but actually makes it bigger! For who can do this except God Almighty? God doesn't want to be a sovereign dictator, but He wants a personal and synergistic relationship with us. All our choices are contingent on God providing them, but so is His response dependent as He designed it to respond righteously to our free choices. God is, thus, relational.
"For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5.17). "For all who receive it" does not say "For all who irresistibly received it." Is God just going around telling people some are irresistibly selected and others are not? What's the point of that? Who can even say irresistibly receiving something is truly receiving it? That which is forced upon you cannot be construed as freely receiving it with God's prevenient grace, sufficient grace, for all to have the free choice. "Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men
to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men
unto justification of life" (Rom. 5.18). "Who will have all men
to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2.4). All men can be saved "whosoever believeth" (John 3.16) "to the knowledge of truth" and "unto justification of life." The same "all men" in parallel!
Does God offer us
salvation when He says "come unto me"
(Matt. 11.28) because we have free-will: "whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely"
(Rev. 22.17)? "He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto
God by him" (Heb. 7.25). Are faith and works contrasted as opposites? "By grace are ye saved, through faith;...not of works" (Eph. 2.8-9); "But to him that worketh not, but believeth..." (Rom. 4.5). Christ repeatedly gave such invitations as "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11.28), and "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink" (John 7.37).
Do you believe Jesus died for the sins of all
? "The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1.29); "we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world" (John 4.42); "we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world" (1 John 4.14); "He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world
" (1 John 2.2); "He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone" (Heb. 2.9); "Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we [Christians] have all died to the old life we used to live" (2 Cor. 5.14) having believed in Him; "...we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe" (1 Tim. 4.10); "For God so loved the world...that the world through him might be saved" (John 3.16,17). "How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!" (Matt. 23.37b) describes for all the sufficiency of God's grace.
"What must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved" (Acts 16.30-31). "We have also obtained access
by faith into this grace" (Rom. 5.2), "for by grace are ye saved through faith" (Eph. 2.8). Faith comes before salvation (regeneration). Paul repeatedly says, the sinner is "justified by faith" (Rom. 5.1) not by regeneration since faith precedes regeneration
. Anyone can access or obtain this faith as a gift from God. Conditional election exists for all souls (unlimited atonement) since every person is made in the image of God (Gen. 1.26,27) and God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10.34). God predestinates
the "Elect according to the foreknowledge" (1 Pet. 1.2) by foreknowing (Rom. 8.29) our free-choice
as in Abel's free-will offering. To be drawn by God is His part in convincing (and convicting) a person of salvation who would be called only if he did not "draw back to perdition" (Heb. 10.39) as he approaches the door of salvation. God can draw or lead a horse to water, but can't make him drink. "Willingly offered" is found five times, such as "the people willingly offered themselves" (Judges 5.2); "willingly offered a freewill offering unto the Lord" (Ezra 3.5). The offer of salvation to Nicodemus, "whosoever believeth" (John 3.16) would not be given if he could not actually receive the cross by faith as a helpless sinner. Can people choose the cross, giving glory to God, without having to save (or regenerate) them first? Would it be unrighteous for someone to be saved (or disallowed salvation) without regard first for their choice? Can the spiritually dead repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior? "Everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.... Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon" (Is. 55.1,7). If that is not sufficient grace and free choice I don't know what is!
Do you agree there are no verses in the Bible for Total depravity? In all cases propensity to sin
and willfulness are in view, not Total inability nor necessity of being unable. Is it a contradiction to claim man who is dead in sins can be regenerated without first repentantly believing in hearing the gospel of salvation? "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live" (John 5.24-25). Though man is spiritually dead, do we find he is incapable of making right choices, doing good and receiving the gospel of salvation? Jesus says, "...you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children" (Luke 11.13)
. If people were as evil as they could possibly be, they would not desire to give good things to their children, but Jesus still says that they are evil. Evil people still give good gifts and do kind things. If "spiritually dead" meant man were 'Totally depraved' 'moral corpses,' how can man make any moral choices and do any good? That they can, though, is undeniable. Yet the spiritually "dead" person, even though able to do some good, is unable to seek God and believe in the Gospel? That distinction is never made in Scripture. "He [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16.15). It would be irrational for God to send His servants to suffer and die in preaching the gospel to those who were incapable of understanding and believing it. In all the Calvinist writings there is not one verse from Scripture cited that clearly states the doctrine, "Only when the Holy Spirit regenerates man and makes him alive spiritually can man have faith in Christ and be saved." It's only because of TULIP, invented by man, used by Satan, such demands are placed to convince your flesh not to be saved God's way.
It is clear from many passages the the unsaved, spiritually dead-dead in trespasses and in sins-can be reasoned with and can understand and believe the gospel unto salvation such as the following: "Knowing...the terror of the Lord, we persuade [unsaved] men" (2 Cor. 5.11); "and he reasoned in the synagogue [with unregenerated men]...and persuaded the [unregenerated] Jews and Greeks [to believe]" (Acts 18.4); "he mightily convinced the [unregenerated] Jews...shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ" (Acts 18.28).
Do you agree that even though no one in their flesh will choose life, we can yet come to the cross or continue to resist His saving grace, for we were given this ability
when we were created in response to His abundant grace? Otherwise, the cross would be of no effect because it could not be availed. God is the provider of all things including our ability to have faith and be justified by faith, that is not in question; but, do you believe God desires your choice first since Jesus died for the sins of the whole world as Savior of all men? Would it be evil for God to not be willing to change the hearts of some, disallowing them any recourse to be saved and blaming them for that which is not their fault? How would that be sufficient grace for all? Surely then it is also evil to save some against their own free will who reject God by not giving them the option, otherwise, it is coercion which is not love. Therefore, we believe in conditional election and resistible grace, that which the god of Calvinism cannot provide.
Would Jesus draw "all men" to Himself (John 12.32)? God is love and ever merciful to all and wants all to come to the knowledge of the truth so surely He draws us all. Should all who are Christ's true followers accept gratefully and joyfully that this good news would be proclaimed to the whole world as Christ commanded? Therefore, let us rejoice and not be like Calvinists who pompously pronounce their irresistible selection like Hitler's Aryan race over their preteritioned Jews to the gas chambers. What love is that?
Consider Christ's words: "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me" (John 6.37) does not say that "all that the Father draws shall come to me." Nor does "No man can come to me, except the Father...draw him" say that all that the Father draws come to Christ. And surely "I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6.40,44,54) refers to those who actually come to Christ, and not all who are drawn-certainly not those who are drawn and then "draw back unto perdition" (Heb. 10.39). All that the Father giveth shall come and were drawn, but not all that are drawn are given. Let us accept what Christ actually says.
"Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn
from his way and live?" (Ez. 18.23). "For I have no pleasure in the death of any one, says the Lord GOD; so turn, and live" (Ez. 18.31). "Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?" (Ez. 33.11). God literally pleads with people; but no, the Calvinist says, God is using His prescriptive or proscriptive will (outward) here, not His decretive or secret will. But I ask, how can God's will conflict with itself unless he is Satan?
Surely, He is not confused. The Calvinist must be confused. How do you know God has a secret will that conflicts with His outward will? It's a secret. Now "the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance
" (2 Pet. 3.9). This sounds like sufficient grace to us all and is why He pleads with us all, because we have the choice to be saved by grace through faith. "Who would have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2.4). That would be quite strange if God didn't want all men to be saved but only some without giving them the sufficient ability to have the choice.
As a matter of Molinism I would like to say this. God being all loving implies that in any world He creates, He desires and strives for the salvation of every person in that world. But people who would freely reject His every effort to save them should not be allowed to dictate to God what worlds He would be free to create such as Calvinists who have created a false Christ to worship who can't even do what God can do. Why should the joy and the blessedness of those who would freely accept God's salvation be precluded by a false notion of Total depravity of those who would stubbornly and freely reject His prevenient grace for all?
"The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his judgments [were] before me: and [as for] his statutes, I did not depart from them. I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity. Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight" (2 Sam. 22.21-25). If God is irresistibly making David do these things then why is David speaking in terms of "my righteousness," "I have kept the ways of the LORD," "I did not depart," "I have kept myself from mine iniquity," and "the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness"? How can God reward someone for their righteousness if such righteousness is irresistibly given to a person, thus, given no free choice in the matter? It would no longer be a reward then.