This is one of the harder things to accept and understand of Calvinism. So allow me to unpack it a bit. Arminians believe that God chooses people based upon His foreseeing down the corridor of time that we would choose him of our own free will. There is a host of verses that support the Calvinistic point, however. Arminianism just sounds way too works-based for me, and that just isn’t what Christianity is about. And not to mention that Romans 9, which I hold to primarily for this part of Calvinism, blows the viewpoint of Arminians out. Romans 9 is all about the sovereignty of God in His ability to make decisions about people He chooses. To be even more specific, Romans 9:14-16, which says:
“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.”
Nothing we do plays into our salvation–absolutely nothing. Ephesians 2:1-10 says this as well. It is not by works, but by the grace of God we have been saved. Jesus even said that no one comes to Christ unless the Father draws him. It’s hard to accept because people like the idea of having free will, the ability to make their own choices without the idea of predestination. This also plays into Total Depravity in the fact that God will awaken the dead spirit of the person and convict him through the Holy Spirit. The sinner still has to make the open proclamation of accepting Christ, but when God chooses someone, it is inevitable that they will accept Christ, which in our next topic, we will address the Irresistible Grace.