"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Rom 8.29). Very clearly, we see the order of things: predestination is by foreknowledge. God first foreknows the choice we would make in His image, then He predestinates it (approves or allows it). He does not pre-make us to choose. Thank God for His grace of righteousness and purity in His way that gives us peace!

 

Deliverance for Calvinists

 

Summary Steps of Spiritual Proof of OSAS Arminian

 

(1) Grace of creation, free-will made in Gods image (Gen. 1.26,27; see the garden choice, and the choice of Cain's wrong offering and Abel's right offering);
(2) man falls;

(3) not totally deprave (though fallen from grace producing the flesh) because (1) supersedes any falling;

(4) And if man was totally deprave, the only way he could come to Christ is if he was originally preprogrammed that way;

(5) Preprogramming robots (a form of zombism to induce passivity in its adherents which they like), of course doesn't, represent reality or glorify God;

(6) And God values intrinsic value, not instrumental value in man made in His image: We are all made in God's image forever. His image can never be destroyed by a calvinist's total depravity;

(7) So God is not using us as a means to an end but we are the end in Him in His image who He wants to walk with who choose the cross of Christ;
(8) We may, therefore, draw some conclusions - Come to Christ to (1)
receive the blessing of eternal life according to John  6.47 by God's grace of (1), (2), (6), (7);

(9) Consequently: Do not believe you are saved by puffing yourself up thinking God pre-made you for salvation, for you would then not be saved if this was the premise and condition of your new birth, since God does not save that way and would never never give glory to God.

(10) Since calvinism does not represent God's holiness (His nature) and righteousness (His way of doing things), normally those who are calvinists would be unregenerated, though there is always exceptions to the rule in the case of one truly saved but is deceived or possessed, needing deliverance.

 

Introduction

 

Acts 2:21  'AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'

Acts 16:31 They said, "[Mark 16:16] Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and [Acts 11:14; 16:15] your household."

Romans 10:9 That [Matt 10:32; Luke 12:8; Rom 14:9; 1 Cor 12:3; Phil 2:11] if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,

and [Acts 16:31; Rom 4:24] believe in your heart that [Acts 2:24] God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

 

Each of these verses say, first believe, not that you are saved first or that you are giving faith first, while others not. The gift of being made in God's image to have a right to choose the cross and rely on God's drawing is a choice we are all afforded even though all men are fallen in being born into sin. We must reasonably conclude, therefore, if God is asking us to do something, even imploring us, it STANDS TO REASON that though God can foresee our choice, it does not mean He premakes us to choose His life by saving us first so then we can believe. God would never regenerate us before the choice to believe from the grace in His image. In this image we are in we may come to the cross as the Holy Spirit does all He can do righteously to draw us. The flesh would never make that choice because it loves self too much! And I am most grateful to God that He does not save us the calvinistic way. We are not totally deprave which would require we be preprogrammed robots, to be saved first before we can believe. And God would not make these other robots He did not save or give faith or regenerate which would guarantee no free-choice in being premade for Hell. Praise God is not such an impotent god. God says we shall know them by their fruit. Is your fruit the fruit of a calvinist or an osas arminian? There is not another choice. If you are saved, osas arminian is quite easy to accept. If you are not saved, but a tare in the outward appearance of the kingdom, and involved in calvinism, the probability of you actually being saved goes down dramatically.

 

Details

OSAS Arminian Spoken Plainly

It can be said this way -  Our will can be viewed from two perspectives, as God centers upon our will, and longs to see us make the choice for Him so He can walk with those who are saved. From the perspective of our flesh, the will is seen as utterly incapable of coming to Christ, and it will not even choose Christ, for we can not choose Christ from our fallen nature.

From the other perspective, though, we are made in God's image with a free-will like His to be under God or under Satan; so that, it is through being made in God's image, one can come to the cross, which then God gives His uncreated life to the believer by grace. Not all though, accept God's salvation, effectively resisting His grace.

We are all, by grace, made in the image of God, but only some, through that grace (not the will of the flesh), come to the cross as helpless sinners to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. God, then, savingly graces the believer with His life. Mentally, we do not need to believe, pridefully, we were pre-made for salvation, as taught by calvinists (most of which are the tares), which is a false salvation, since predestination is by foreknowing the choice we would make, not by pre-making our choice. Out of His glory, God longs to see us make the choice for Him. 

We were made in the image of God by grace, and through that grace in His image we may accept the cross to receive God's promise and gift of eternal life. We are not pre-made to choose to be saved, nor is anyone pre-designed to go to hell.

Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
 
Ro 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
 
Ro 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Note the power of truth in these verses. He "did foreknow", then he also "did predestinate", and moreover, these are the ones "he also called". Three steps are involved here. First he foreknew, and what He foreknew he predestinated, which he then called. Because God foreknew my choice he thus called me, by first predestinating. Because I made the right choice afforded to all men made in God's image (though not all accept), I was righteously called by God and thus was born again. God did not call me before I chose, but called me after I chose. Because I came to the cross authentically in His image, I was saved then. He did not premake me for salvation. That is evil. In other words the ordering is not called, predestinate, foreknew; nor is it predestinate, called, foreknew. It is not called, foreknew, predestinate or foreknew, called, predestinate. It is not even predestinate, foreknew, called. The ordering is foreknew, predestinate, called.

How precise and exacting God's word!

Calvinism Problems

God did not pre-program you, pre-select, pre-make you or pre-determine you to salvation,  or stack you in His favor, while pre-meditating, pre-making and pre-ordaining others with a bad hand to hell. That would be unrighteousness and demented of Calvinism if He did that.

Grace of free-will bestowed on us before the foundations of the world is not so depraved it can not believe, receive and accept God's redemptive design for initial salvation to allow God to give the believer thereafter increased faith, despite the fall from grace.

Therefore, Total Depravity is false since we can believe according to John 6.47, and God promises to give us then, eternal life. If TD was true, then the only way we could accept Christ is if God pre-programmed us to be zombies to believe Him. Such a God would be an evil god, not my God.

The chicken of salvation did not come before the egg of faith and the egg of faith did not come before the fertilization of the grace of free-will made in God's image. This is proper cause and effect. The grace of God was already set in motion at creation when He created us in His image for us to believe or not to believe, leaving it up to each soul to employ his volition which supersedes whether we fell or not, towards accepting God's promise of the gracing us with eternal life if we fulfill one simple condition, that is, to believe in Him according to John 6.47.

Volition in His image happened there and then at the beginning when God breathed His Spirit into the body from dust, to create a soul life and a spirit life in the man made in His image, and so God leaves it up to us, never touching, or altering our volition to choose.

God is a respecter of intrinsic value, not instrumental value. We are not a means to an end, but an end in Him. He will not make us zombies or coerce us to believe Him. He values our intrinsic value, our free-choice so much that He will never annihilate us and so He never pre-made for heaven or hell, but it was left up to each of us.

Therefore, total depravity did not come before creation, nor after creation, not before the fall, nor after the fall, and does not even exist now since total depravity can only exist in hell, but no one has been cast into hell yet. This speaks volumes of the condition of the dead spirit in a Calvinist who embraces zombiism preeminently and being not a respecter of free-will as God is. A Calvinist, therefore, does not represent reality because they do not have reality.

Calvinism is wrong because the grace of free-will came before the fall, and in that grace, free-will can accept the redemptive design, the gospel, the good news. After initial salvation, God's grace may increase in our lives and increase our faith. After initial salvation He will even work independently to increase our faith since we all need to be prepared for the new city.. But before initial salvation He will not infringe Himself to the point of coercion for that would be unholy, but Calvinist accept complete coercion saying God already decided irrespective of man's free will. After initial salvation, God can work with authority in the believer, whereas before initial salvation He was limited because the man had not yet accepted Christ. There are things God can do after initial salvation with the believer that he can not do before He gives the believer eternal life at initial salvation.

This was so powerful, I have posted it on the Misreading Nee site for it hits the heart of the matter to convicts the Leeist Calvinist and all Calvinists. It should be pointed out throughout Watchman Nee's writings that he was also an OSAS Arminian.

Compare the 5 points here (below). It is really quite simple is it not? Not so simple for one who is under Calvinism. Believe me, it is a likely sign of unsalvation that a person's heart could believe such a thing as Calvinism. Most Leeists as I understand it, do believe these things, and even after they deny them this 8 point key will be able to show and unlock that even though they deny it any of its parts, they really do believe in their heart of hearts these sins which God will not be able to save.

OSAS Arminian

Calvinism

                             
Free-Will or Human Ability

Free Choice

Although human nature was seriously affected by the fall, man has not been left in a state of total spiritual helplessness. God graciously enables every sinner to repent and believe, but He does not interfere with man's freedom. Each sinner posses a free will, and his eternal destiny depends on how he uses it. Man's freedom consists of his ability to choose good over evil in spiritual matters; his will is not enslaved to his sinful nature. The sinner has the power to either cooperate with God's Spirit and be regenerated or resist God's grace and perish. The lost sinner needs the Spirit's assistance, but he does not have to be regenerated by the Spirit before he can believe, for faith is man's act and precedes the new birth. Faith is the sinner's gift to God; it is man's contribution to salvation.

Note the key word here, "graciously". That is by grace we are given the choice to believe, to have free-choice. The grace came first in giving us the right to choose so that it is by the Holy Spirit giving us that right. You could call this first faith (God's faith in in His image in us) as a first right. Then in order to receive eternal life, we must take that first right and believe with it as given to us by God's grace to do, and which He longs to see us make a choice for Him, for we who have chosen are the ones He wants to be with. After man so chooses, THEN God gives additional grace, the grace and gift of eternal life and indwelling Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit first moved the man to believe by first giving the man the choice and as the Holy Spirit leads, the man gives into the Spirit to be drawn and effectively called to be saved because he makes the right choice made in His image.

Conclusion: God has given man a free-will and ability made in His image.

 
Total Inability or Total Depravity

Because of the fall, man is unable of himself to savingly believe the gospel. The sinner is dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and desperately corrupt. His will is not free, it is in bondage to his evil nature, therefore, he will not - indeed he cannot - choose good over evil in the spiritual realm. Consequently, it takes much more than the Spirit's assistance to bring a sinner to Christ - it takes regeneration by which the Spirit makes the sinner alive and gives him a new nature. Faith is not something man contributes to salvation but is itself a part of God's gift of salvation - it is God's gift to the sinner, not the sinner's gift to God.

OSAS arminians do not believe that man savingly believes as if to say man is the one doing the saving. Rather, we believe that the man is to implement the image of God in him given by God so that no matter what happens, a choice can be made for God from the image of God in man; which can never be corrupted in spite of man's sin nature. That is why Gen. 1.26 is so important. Therefore, there must be the distinction between the self-will corrupted by sin nature and the will made in the image of God which God affords the man to choose with despite the man being in dire straights. This solves the problem posed by calvinists when they say "he will not choose" God. We who are saved do choose, and God does save us for so choosing. That is spiritual reality, and we do not choose from ourselves or our self-will but by the will made in the image of God which is never corruptible. Thus, regeneration - nor election by premaking - is not needed prior to God needing the man to make a choice for Him, but regeneration comes after the choice. That is proper cause and effect of God's ordering, lovingly. This is the clear thought of God's mind that I adore. Once God graces the man with eternal life, because the man chooses (having been given the right to choose by grace), then God gives the believer a new nature and much more than the right before to choose God, but also now increased faith to add to the first faith by God to man (of a free will made in His image) in a right to choose. The faith that man is given by the Holy Spirit comes from 1) made in His image to choose (God's first faith act instilled in man), and 2) increased faith after saving us untowards overcoming in Christ. Both faiths actually come from God, once creating us in His image to choose, His gift to us of His image in faith, and then again the gift of eternal life once we choose, a means to ever increasing faith from God. Both were his. What makes calvinism deadly wrong in this regard is the thought of zombiism that states that in order for man to receive eternal life their god premade the man for salvation so that the man could have faith, not taking into the account that man is made in the image of God, and that God's image is never damaged. Thank God that God does not premake men for hell which would be needed for those not pre-regenerated for heaven.

Conclusion: man is not totally unable and not totally deprave otherwise that would kill God's image, and that is impossible.

 
Conditional Election

God's choice of certain individuals unto salvation before the foundation of the world was based upon His foreseeing that they would respond to His call. He selected only those whom He knew would of themselves freely believe the gospel. Election therefore was determined by or conditioned upon what man would do. The faith which God foresaw and upon which He based His choice was not given to the sinner by God (it was not created by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit) but resulted solely from man's will. It was left entirely up to man as to who would believe and therefore as to who would be elected unto salvation. God chose those whom He knew would, of their own free will, choose Christ. Thus the sinner's choice of Christ, not God's choice of the sinner, is the ultimate cause of salvation.

The faith which God foresaw upon which He based His choice WAS given to the sinner by God by giving the sinner the choice to choose. That is what is meant by first faith right to choose in His image which God longs for to see the man make the choice in His image. It was not regeneration, but the first right of choice, a generation. Regeneration means after generating, then regenerating. Man was first generated in God's image, then regenerated into a new life if the believer chooses, graced by the Holy Spirit. This choice man makes is his will made in the image of God employed as God desires. There is no denying that. The ultimate cause of salvation is still God since God made man and gave the man the right to choose. If God did not do this then the ultimate cause is man, not God. Calvinists accuse, but mistakenly place regeneration before generation, and that is a zombiism. God does not premake men for salvation nor hell. Let us observe proper cause and effect in God's ordering.

Conclusion: God works according to conditional election, which more simply stated is really just "election" since God already knows who will choose by His foreknowing our free-choice (Rom. 8.29).

 

 

 
Unconditional Election

God's 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 God's choice. Election therefore was not determined by or conditioned upon any virtuous quality or act foreseen in man. Those whom God sovereignly elected He brings through the power of the Spirit to a willing acceptance of Christ. Thus God's choice of the sinner, not the sinner's choice of Christ, is the ultimate cause of salvation.

His choice does rest solely on His sovereign will just as osas arminians believe for man does not save himself. His choice of a particular sinner is based on foreknowing and foreseeing for this is an Almighty God that is able to do this. We should not believe in a lesser god that says otherwise or does not have this ability. God gives faith and repentance by giving each person the right from first faith made in His image to repent to allow for God's life to come into the newly born believer. These acts are the result of God's choice to having already created all men made in His image, and salvation that cane be given upon the choice to choose of those who choose Him. Election, therefore was determined, not by preselectionism arianism or predesigning the man to choose, but righteously allowing any man to choose Him so that He could give His life to any man. It would be very wrong to say that God does not save based on foreknowledge for the Scriptures use that exact word "foreknowledge" to explain predestination, which calvinists always overlook. The ultimate cause of salvation is always God from first giving man the choice, then leading the man to choose, and then actually saving the man after the man chooses in His image. The part that God adores is seeing the man made in His image actually choosing so that then He saves.

Conclusion: Election is not unconditional, but requires the man to choose in God's image that the man is made in. These are the ones God will be with.

     
Universal Redemption or General Atonement 

Unlimited Atonement

 Christ's redeeming work made it possible for everyone to be saved but did not actually secure the salvation of anyone. Although Christ died for all men and for every man, only those who believe on Him are saved. His death enabled God to pardon sinners on the condition that they believe, but it did not actually put away anyone's sins. Christ's redemption becomes effective only if man chooses to accept it.

OSAS arminians do believe that His death does put away anyone's sins who believe. Satan is a false accuser and so he accuses through the calvinists saying that osas arminianism do not believe this. Christ's redemption is can not save the man who calls Jesus a liar despite what a calvinist will teach.

Conclusion: Universal Redemption, an Unlimited Atonement, is God's working and will.

 

 
Particular Redemption or Limited Atonement
 

 Christ's redeeming work was intended to save the elect only and actually secured salvation for them. His death was substitutionary endurance of the penalty of sin in the place of certain specified sinners. In addition to putting away the sins of His people, Christ's redemption secured everything necessary for their salvation, including faith which unites them to Him. The gift of faith is infallibly applied by the Spirit to all for whom Christ died, therefore guaranteeing their salvation.

Christ's redeeming work of course was intended to save the elect (all who would eventually be saved) only and actually secured salvation for them since God foreknew they would come to Him. Praise the Lord! These specific sinners received substitionary death of Christ, and God actually foreknew them that they would choose so that God could grace them and given them that redemption which was enduring (osas arminianism). Faith is united in them with Christ as increased faith, not just God's first faith right for them to choose given by God in making man in His image. The sin of calvinism on this point is that again of zombiism whereby their god must premake or predesign them, so they think, for salvation, not for hell, while others for hell, not for heaven. What an evil thought they have, even if only subconsciously or unaware of it in them. This is why most calvinists are not regenerated. They only think they are in their minds while their spirit is dead, unable to recognize this because of being insensitive to these things of God.

Conclusion: particular redemption and limited atonement is full of pride and erroneous for God's children.


The Holy Spirit Can Be Effectually Resisted
 

Resistible Grace

The Spirit calls inwardly all those who are called outwardly by the gospel invitation; He does all that He can to bring every sinner to salvation. But inasmuch as man is free, he can successfully resist the Spirit's call. The Spirit cannot regenerate the sinner until he believes; faith (which is man's contribution) proceeds and makes possible the new birth. Thus, man's free will limits the Spirit in the application of Christ's saving work. The Holy Spirit can only draw to Christ those who allow Him to have His way with them. Until the sinner responds, the Spirit cannot give life. God's grace, therefore, is not invincible; it can be, and often is, resisted and thwarted by man.

Faith is God's contribution, given by God by creating man in God's image. Man can not have faith without this loving act of God first. This is God's faith to man to give man the right to choose Him, which we may call first faith right to choose. Man does not contribute this which God has just given the man for it still comes from God; only that, now man has what God has given him, and may do what he wills to choose or not to choose since he is made in God's image, as to be expected. The new birth is still God's doing, man does not save himself. Since man does not save himself, God does the saving after man chooses, and was given the right to choose by being given first faith from God Himself in the act of being made in His image. Man's freewill does not limit God's saving work, for nothing can limit God's saving work, just as God's image can not be reduced in the man either for eternity. Man limits, even to hell, his destiny by not accepting God's perfect saving work; resisting, refusing to receive, but God's saving work is never demeaned, nor is God's image in the man. Satan will try to demean both God's image in the man as do calvinists, and perfect saving grace by bearing false witness against osas arminians, but let us refuse this calvinism god. Just because many men do not choose Christ does not mean God's grace is not invincible. Just because a man wants to go to hell, it does not change the fact that man's grace is invincible. It will always be perfectly invincible. The unsaved man resists and thus does not receive the grace of God's perfect invincible redemption, that is perfect in not making man a zombie and God Himself not being a zombie redeemer. I love this about God. It is sad to say that I have never met a calvinist able to appreciate that God does not premake men for salvation or "stack the deck".

Conclusion: The Holy Spirit can be resisted to refuse eternal life, since the sinner must make an effective choice for God to receive His life.

 


 
The Efficacious Call of the Spirit or
Irresistible Grac
e 

In addition to the outward general call to salvation which is made to everyone who hears the gospel, the Holy Spirit extends to the elect a special inward call that inevitably brings them to salvation. The internal call (which is made only to the elect) cannot be rejected; it always results in conversion. By means of this special call the Spirit irresistibly draws sinners to Christ. He is not limited in His work of applying salvation by man's will, nor is He dependent upon man's cooperation for success. The Spirit graciously causes the elect sinner to cooperate, to believe, to repent, to come freely and willingly to Christ. God's grace, therefore, is invincible; it never fails to result in the salvation of those to whom it is extended.

The internal call is rejected for it is not received by many men unreceiving. That is reality. It never results in conversion. That is why there is a heaven and a hell. Whether outward or inward, it is refused and God does not want to be with these ones in the new city. There is no special call for if there was a special call, that would be zombiism. The reason we are made known that we are elect is to give us comfort that now that we are saved we can know it unwaveringly intuitively and in our conscience in communion with God. God requires mans choice. God does not force man to choose, which is required if God did not let the man choose. When God saves, He does not need the man to do the salvation work for that is God's work alone. Instead, God longs to see the man choose, and this is something I have never met a calvinist to appreciate revealing their mostly unregenerated hearts as they think they are saved through zombiism. Therefore, God's grace is invincible, and not dependent on being a zombie god saver (which is not invincible but a lesser god), and such salvation never fails for God has foreknown and applies that salvation to the saved believer when he believes.

Conclusion: Grace is resistible (that is, eternal life can be refused) and the Spirit's call is effective, but not accepted by those that resist.


Falling from Grace 

Most Arminians Believe in Preservation of the Saints

Those who believe and are truly saved can lose their salvation by failing to keep up their faith, etc. All Arminians have not been agreed on this point; some have held that believers are eternally secure in Christ - that once a sinner is regenerated, he can never be lost.

In fact, most arminians believe this, so much so that this section should be labelled perseverance and preservation of the saints based on God's foreknowing (osas).

 
  Perseverance of the Saints
 

All who are chosen by God, redeemed by Christ, and given faith by the Spirit are eternally saved. They are kept in faith by the power of Almighty God and thus persevere to the end.

This is not the same kind of preservation of the saints as for osas arminians. The problem with the calvinism version of perseverance of the saints is that it was dependent on the pride of believing one is premade for salvation. This is not true perseverance or preservation of the saints. This is fantasy life.

According to Arminianism

 

Salvation is accomplished through the combined efforts of God (who takes the initiative) and man (who must respond) - man's response being the determining factor. God has provided salvation for everyone, but His provision becomes effective only for those who, of their own free will, "choose" to cooperate with Him and accept His offer of grace. At the crucial point, man's will plays a decisive role; thus man, not God, determines who will be recipients of the gift of salvation. 

 

What osas arminians actually believe is that man's response is not the determining factor since man did not create man, but man was created by God so the determining factor was God since God first created man, and God is the one who ends up doing the saving and allowing the man to make the choice in the first place. God provided man with the right to choose and God made that so-called determining factor as the image of God in man, giving it to the man to choose in His image. His provision of salvation is effective for everyone, but it is only employed to those who choose God; truly effective for all, but not placed into effect for all for not all want to be effectively saved. Since man is made in God's image, it is now man's choice since God has perfectly made the man to freely choose. This is God's will. God is the determining factor of the recepient of salvation as God waits upon the choice that He give the man to choose. This is what God truly adores and longs for to walk with one day. How sad that calvinists effectively refuse this truth in their hearts.


According to Calvinism

 

Salvation is accomplished by the almighty power of the Triune God. The Father chose a people, the Son died for them, the Holy Spirit makes Christ's death effective by bringing the elect to faith and repentance, thereby causing them to willingly obey the gospel. The entire process (election, redemption, regeneration) is the work of God and is by grace alone. Thus God, not man, determines who will be the recipients of the gift of salvation.

 

Salvation is accomplished by the almighty power of the Triune God. The Father chose a people by foreknowledge, the Son died for not just them but for all men (thou not all men accept), the Holy Spirit makes Christ's death effective by bringing the elect to faith and repentance (by letting the man choose) as is afforded all men if they accepted, thereby causing the saved to believe because the ones who choose to believe (being given this ability as all men have this ability) receive the gift of eternal life. The entire process of creating man in His image, electing the man based on foreknowledge, redeeming the man which is regeneration, is the work of God and is by grace alone applied after needing the man to make the choice for God as God has set up man made in His image to be able to do. Thus, God determines who will receive salvation, though not by premaking them for salvation, for that is of the evil spirit of calvinism, but rather by allowing the man to choose.

 

Praise the Lord!

Troy Brooks