Many here point to situations in scripture where God has sovereignly intervened to effectually bring about a specific purpose as a proof text to show God must always work "deterministically" in this manner. What many don't seem to understand is that there is nothing within a Non-Calvinistic framework that prevents us from recognizing that there are special cases (e.g., divine inspiration of scripture; various answers to prayer or road to damascus experiences) in which God overwhelmingly intervenes in influencing the human will and thus "determines" human choice in order to accomplish a divine purpose. In these cases the means by which God determines human choice may well include decisive conditioning of human choices by way of God's directly intervening in both the person's external and internal (mental) environment so as to bring about the divinely desired outcome, in a way similar to that envisioned by compatibilists. What must be recongized however is that these are unique and often miraclous occasions. This is what sets Paul apart as being a person of divine authority, is it not? If we were all saved in the same miraclous/irresistable manner then there wouldn't be anything special about Paul and thus he would have no authority on which to rest his apostleship. The apostles saw him, but "blessed are we who don't see and still believe." (Jesus) These cases of divine intervention only go to prove a Non-Calvinistic view...why? Look at the divine inspiration of scripture as an example. Does God divinely intervene in the writing of all Christian material in this way? According to the more deterministic view point God has decreed and thus determined the writing of our scripture, but what is unique about that??? He has decreed and thus determined the writing of all things...so what? What makes it divine? What makes it special? It is special BECAUSE God ACTIVELY intervened and casually determined it to be what he wanted it to be. We accept that God can and does intervene, but just not in EVERY instance of human choice...only when it is necessary to bring about His ultimate purposes. The calling of his divinely appointed apostles was one of those instances in which God inteverened in a supernatural manner. It does nothing but strengthen our position and in no way provides conclusive proof that God deterministically works in all human choices as described by compatiblists.