Oct 10

The unsaved person is totally depraved.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

No one can come to Christ on their own. It is only though the awakening power of the Father – by the Spirit – that anyone would even think of being saved.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

God, who is full of mercy, has no pleasure in the death of the wicked – nor is he willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Eze 33:11 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?
2Pe 3:9The 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.

This same merciful God is not merciful with his lips only, but he enlightens every person and teaches them that they must deny ungodliness and live righteously.

Joh 1:9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Tit 2:11, 12For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

While the Bible teaches that mankind is totally depraved, it doesn’t teach mankind is depraved to the degree that a Calvinist would. The Bible teaches that God awakens all sinners to their need, and convicts them by the Holy Spirit through their consciences about sin, righteousness, and the coming judgment.

He enables the will of a person to make a choice to serve him, or continue on in their lusts. Herein is the first big difference between the Arminian and the Calvinist. The enabling of the will and the enabling of the will of all mankind.

Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Rev 22:17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

In general, those that follow either the Classical Arminianism or Wesleyian Arminianism position clearly reject the Pelagian and Semi-Pelagian positions that holds that there is some good in man, that he is able to choose God on his own without the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, and that his spiritual condition was not effected by the fall. The Pelagian and Semi-Pelagian positions are unbiblical and unorthodox positions, and these teachings should be rejected.

The Arminian position holds that among the unconverted there is none righteous, none that seek God, all are unprofitable, and none do good. Furthermore, that all are deceitful, full of bitterness, there is no fear of God in them, and that they are born with a fallen sinful nature.

Rom 3:10-18As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Psa 51:5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Gen 5:3 And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

The Christian is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, not of works least any man should boast. After conversation, we are kept by the power of God through faith. This faith is a gift of God who has given ever person a measure to be saved, and after they are saved a measure so they can be kept by the power of God.

1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

This same faith is the victory that overcomes the world. It is by this faith we stand, and it is with the shield of faith we stop all the flaming arrows of the wicked. While this faith is a gift from God, we are commanded to do those things that will increase our faith. We are to hear and read the Word of God -as it is by the Word that our faith increases. We are to seek God in prayer – as it is by prayer that our faith is built up.

1Jn 5:4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Rom 10:17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Jud 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

While it is God that works in us both to will and do his will, there is a heart for the Christian also, and it is only when we do our heart that we will be kept.

Php 2:13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

The victorious Christian stands before God not only justified, but washed and cleansed by the precious blood from all sinning and is sanctified and purified from the sin nature and soon – by the grace of God – to be glorified. But it is only as they abide in Jesus, and the sap of the Holy Spirit is flowing in their spirit, that their life has any fruit and they’re able to walk in the Spirit. And while by the unmerited favor of God this be, they will testify that they are an unprofitable servant of God, only doing that which is their duty.

1Co 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Rom 8:30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

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3 Responses to “God’s Part & Man’s Part in Salvation”

  1. 1. Lahry Sibley Says:

    Tragic. Truth that excludes truth is an untruth. It’s the same deception the devil used in the Garden of Eden. It still works today, and you are using it in fine fashion. Where oh where is obedience for the born again saint, according to your twisting of truth? How can a person be “Pure in heart” and yet continue on in sin? How can the sin nature be eradicated if you are still in sin, transgressing God’s law and calling for more grace. Do we continue in sin so that grace continue to abound? God forbid!
    Act 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
    Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

  2. 2. bob Says:

    Hi Lahry,

    >>>Where oh where is obedience for the born again saint, according to your twisting of truth?

    Where did you feel like I twisted the truth?

    >>>How can a person be “Pure in heart” and yet continue on in sin?

    I don’t believe that a person can be pure in heart and continue on in sin.

    >>>How can the sin nature be eradicated if you are still in sin, transgressing God’s law and calling for more grace.

    I am not still in sin nor am I willfully or knowingly transgressing any of God’s laws.

    Christian love and prayers,


  3. 3. Danny Says:

    That was a great article. As Christians we all need to understand we are saved by grace and not works. Once saved it is also important to understand the ongoing process of sanctification.

    We are first: Justification
    Then we work on ourselves: Sanctification
    When we go home it’s: Glorification

    Justification: Just as I never sinned
    Sanctification: He that began a good work in me will complete it
    Glorification: Now in heaven and delivered out of the flesh and blood body

    There is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. So as we continue to “workout our salvation” we aren’t condemned. BUT we do continue to work it out.

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