Arminians and "non-cals" believe that salvation is the result of a person's free will choice. Whether one goes to heaven or hell is up to his own personal choice. But Scripture everywhere affirms that salvation comes through faith- not through some choice made by the sinner. The Arminian just ASSUMES that Scripture implies choice for salvation. He assumes that faith is the result of choice- that we CHOOSE to believe. But it is not so. Faith is something that happens TO us. It is not something we conjure or create in ourselves. Faith is the result of being convinced by outside forces. For example. A long time ago I did not believe that you could catch catfish with pieces of hot dogs. But something happened in my sphere of observation that caused me to repent of that thinking and believe. A friend caught buckets of catfish with hotdog pieces before my eyes. Did I CHOOSE to believe that? NO! I had no choice BUT to believe it. Something outside of myself PERSUADED me that it was so. Faith did not come to me as a result of my own free will choice. I was MADE to believe by persuasive information employed by my friend. The information that came to me persuaded me. That's the important point. I WAS persuaded. That means something happened to me. It was not something I created in me. Was it proper to say "I believed"? Yes. The Bible often says "He believed." But this does not mean that he CHOSE to believe. "Believe" is truly something I did- but not of choice. The tree leans in the hurricane. It does this because something is happening to it. It is not doing it itself. It is doing it, but only because something is CAUSING it to do it. To believe is to BE persuaded. It is to have something happen to you. It is for you to be on the receiving end of the action. The action in this case is the impartation of persuasive information. To CHOOSE is for you to be the one doing the action. And we do choose things ONCE WE BELIEVE. We choose to sit in the chair, but only because we already BELIEVE that it will hold us. Belief precedes the choice. Choice comes as a RESULT of faith. My choice is not the creator of my faith. My faith drives my choices. My choices do not drive my faith. SALVATION DOES NOT COME FROM MAKING A CHOICE. SALVATION COMES FROM HAVING BEEN MADE TO BELIEVE. The difference is as great as night and day. What causes one to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? The regenerative power of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel. We are not saved through our choice- something we do. We are saved through our faith- something that is done to us. If this is true, and it is, Arminianism cannot be true. It cannot be true because Arminianism rests fully upon the faulty premise that one CHOOSES to believe. But one cannot help but believe when he is persuaded and one cannot help but NOT believe until he is persuaded. Being persuaded is being on the receiving end- it is not being on the acting end. You are CAUSED to believe. You don't choose to believe. You CANNOT choose to believe. Belief comes as a result of BEING persuaded- not as a result of choosing. Both grace and faith are things that happen TO the saved. Neither of them have to do with our own choice. Once they happen to us, then we make all kinds of choices toward God. But the choices are a RESULT of that which actually saves- not a part of it.