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Since John Calvin first introduced the belief of election it has caused debate among theologians in many Protestant churches John Calvins beliefs consisted of five general themesThe first of the is the most important concept of understanding the beliefs of grace Due to thefall man in his spiritually dead state is unable of himself to savingly believe the Gospel Thesinner is totally dead and cannot natural turn to the things of God not seek Him Mans isdeceitful and desperately corrupt Man does not have free will it is in complete bondage to hisevil and sinful nature therefore he will not--better yet he cannot--choose good over evil in thespiritual realm Due to this state it is only by the grace of God moving trough the Spirit toregenerate a persons spiritual state Therefore a desire to seek God and also faith to believe doesnot begin and end with man but it is a gift of God and evidence of His grace There it is notman who chooses faith but God This doctrine relates to mans nature and not his actions and itsays he is powerless in his own being to know God to desire God and to come to GodUnconditional Election- This one of the most debated Gods choice of certain individuals untosalvation before the foundation of the world rested solely in His own sovereign will His choiceof particular sinners was not based on any foreseen response of obedience on their part such asfaith repentance etc On the contrary God gives faith and repentance to each individual whomHe selected These acts are the result not the cause of Gods choice Election therefore was notdetermined by or conditioned upon any virtuous quality or act foreseen in man Those whomGod sovereignty elected He brings through the power of the Spirit to a willing acceptance ofChrist Thus Gods choice of the sinner--not the sinners choice of Christ--is the ultimate cause ofsalvation It is Based on His Sovereign will alone Particular
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