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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 themes The first of the is the most important concept of understanding the beliefs of grace Due to the fall man in his spiritually dead state is unable of himself to savingly believe the Gospel The sinner is totally dead and cannot natural turn to the things of God not seek Him Mans is deceitful and desperately corrupt Man does not have free will it is in complete bondage to his evil and sinful nature therefore he will not--better yet he cannot--choose good over evil in the spiritual realm Due to this state it is only by the grace of God moving trough the Spirit to regenerate a persons spiritual state Therefore a desire to seek God and also faith to believe does not begin and end with man but it is a gift of God and evidence of His grace There it is not man who chooses faith but God This doctrine relates to mans nature and not his actions and it says he is powerless in his own being to know God to desire God and to come to God Unconditional Election- This one of the most debated Gods choice of certain individuals unto salvation before the foundation of the world rested solely in His own sovereign will His choice of particular sinners was not based on any foreseen response of obedience on their part such as faith repentance etc On the contrary God gives faith and repentance to each individual whom He selected These acts are the result not the cause of Gods choice Election therefore was not determined by or conditioned upon any virtuous quality or act foreseen in man Those whom God sovereignty elected He brings through the power of the Spirit to a willing acceptance of Christ Thus Gods choice of the
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