J.I. Packer on Arminianism vs Calvinism…

 

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“Where the Arminian will only say, ‘I could not have gained my whole salvation without Calvary’, the Calvinist will say, ‘Christ gained my salvation for me at Calvary.'”

“Where the Arminian says, ‘I owe my election to my faith’, the Calvinist says, ‘I owe my faith to my election.’ Clearly, these two concepts of election are very far apart.”

“However this may be (and we shall say more about it later), the result of these omissions is that part of the biblical gospel is now preached as if it were the whole of that gospel; and a half-truth masquerading as a whole truth becomes a complete untruth. Thus, we appeal to men as if they had the ability to receive Christ at any time; we speak of his redeeming work as if he had to make it possible for us to save ourselves by believing; we speak of God’s love as if it were no more than a general willingness to receive any who will turn and trust; and we depict the Father and the Son, not as sovereignly active in drawing sinners to themselves, but as waiting in quiet impotence ‘at the door of our hearts’ for us to let them in.”

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