Irresistible Grace Essay

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In Calvinism there are five points that make up the acronym T.U.L.I.P. The “I” in T.U.L.I.P. stands for irresistible grace. The thought behind irresistible grace is that God’s grace is so irresistible that those that are chosen by God to receive salvation are incapable of resisting His grace. This says that if you are not saved then you were not chosen by God for salvation. Only the elect feel the effects of irresistible grace and those who are not the elect will live their lives without feeling God’s grace in their lives. “To put it simply, irresistible grace refers to the Scriptural truth that whatever God decrees to happen will surely happen, including the salvation of individuals. The ...view middle of the document...

The answer here is to consider the verse in context -- verses 1-8. Seen in the context is the free agency of man in choosing whether to obey or disobey God. In reality, the passage is teaching a simple principle: those who are spiritually minded, those who have an interest in spiritual things, will be obedient to the commands of God and those who are carnally minded, those who possess no interest in spiritual matters, will be disobedient.” (2 Gene Taylor)
Not only Gene Taylor and Jeffrey Hagan believe in irresistible grace but also R. L. Dabney and many others. R.L. Dabney states “The timber is shaped by the carpenter; it does not shape itself, and does not become an implement until he gives it the desired shape.” (3. R. L. Dabney “The Five Points of Calvinism”) R. L. Dabney is saying that we do not choose God, but He chooses us for salvation by His irresistible grace.
Other commonly used verses to support irresistible grace are Genesis 20:6, 35:5; Exodus 34:23; Deuteronomy 2:25, 30:6; Judges 14:1-4; 1 Kings 4:29; 1 Chronicles 22:12, 29:18; Ezra 1:1, 5, 6:22, 7:27; Nehemiah 1:11, 2:8, 12; Esther 2:17, 4:14, 6:1-4; Ezekiel 36:25-32; Psalm 33:10, 65:4, 139:16; Proverbs 21:1; Isaiah 44:28; Jeremiah 10:24; Haggai 1:14; Luke 24:16, 31, 45; John 6:37, 45, 10:3, 4, 27; Acts 11:18, 13:48, 16:14, 17:26; 1 Corinthians 3:5, 12:13, 15:10; 2 Corinthians 8:16; Galatians 2:8; Ephesians 2:1-6, 3:7; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:20; James 4:13-15. (4. All have been used in one way or another to help Calvinists to try and support their belifes.
The opposing side of irresistible grace is not as some would think it to be. It does not state that everyone or no one is saved by the grace of God. It actually states that God sent His Son to die for all people and that if one believes that then they may receive salvation but they are not predestined to be save. Nobody is predestined to be or not be saved but that it is their choice.
A problem of irresistible grace is that it takes away from the free will God has given to us. The thought of grace that no one can...

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