An active member of this board has given what I believe to be a classic Arminian definition as to how Election works. “I believe God in his foreknowledge knew I would hear the gospel and believe, and so chose me according to foreknowledge (1 Pet 1:2).” Both he and I agree that election is the purpose in God to choosing many, but not all sinners, to salvation. Those whom He chooses, He then predestinates to salvation. We disagree as to how God chooses those whom He wills to save. Our disagreement centers on several key issues: (1) The will of God (2) The decrees of God (3) The grace of God (4) The justice of God (5) The love of God (6) The Lordship of God (7) The liberty of God (8) The wisdom of God (9) The mystery of God (10) The majesty and glory of God (11) The supernatural nature of Christianity (12) The offense of Christianity Our disagreement also centers on the nature of man and his contribution to salvation. But I will leave that subject aside for now. We both agree the Lord is omniscient. That is not the question. The question is how does the Lord know anything at all? In the view of my worthy opponent, God, from eternity, foresees his faith, and based on that evidence, elects him, predestinating him to salvation. However, my Arminian friend makes several false assumptions in his attempt to ‘prove’ what needs to be proved. False assumption #1: He infers and assumes by his statement that God needs to learn something. Based upon man’s actions, God then decides what to do. To the finite natural mind, that reasoning sounds perfectly feasible and sensible. The Bible teaches the opposite. God decides the end from the beginning before He creates. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:10) “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.” (Acts 15:18) Put simply, God knows nothing but what He has decreed, willed and purposed to be. The future does not exist on its own. God does not look into the future to discover how it will be. The future exists because God has determined and decreed exactly how it will be. All exists according to His will. Nothing exists outside His will. Otherwise, that which exists outside His will is greater than God. Thus, my worthy Arminian friend who heard the Gospel was quite blessed to be born in a dispensation of time and place wherein the Gospel was preached. Think of all the billions who had no such blessing and are lost forever. False assumption # 2: Based on what my opponent did – believing the Gospel – God then chose/elected to save him. In the mind of finite man who thinks and plans ahead in consecutive stages, that reasoning sounds perfectly sound. After all, we all know the future exists and only God can know it. But the Bible teaches the opposite. Before God created my Arminian friend, He – God - had already determined his ultimate destiny. That destiny was not determined by my worthy opponent. My opponent was not privy to the secret counsel God, nor did he advise the Lord as to any of the innumerable decisions the Lord has made concerning his life and death. Thus, it was decreed by God that my Arminian friend believe unto salvation. It was first and foremost God's will that he be saved. In order to achieve that end, The Father sent Christ as my Arminian friend's substitute, to do that which my friend could not do. The Father punished His Son for my opponent's sins which my friend willingly committed. Furthermore, by grace the Lord determined to efficaciously bless my undeserving friend with all the spiritual blessings of the heavenly places -- purchased by Christ and applied by the Holy Spirit -- including the new birth, faith, repentance, love of God and neighbor, good works….the blessings go on and on and on. God does not leave the fulfilling of his decrees up to chance or the whims of His creatures. Instead, He performs all His good pleasure according to the counsel of His own will. He fails at nothing He purposes to accomplish. (Dan. 4:35; Eph. 1:9,11). If it be sin, Calvinists are guilty of extolling the work of God in salvation to too high a degree…..giving God ALL the praise and glory for whatever good they possess…..including their very faith. They know they were chosen to salvation because of God's loving will, not their own will. It is my humble prayer on behalf of all professing Christians “17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 1:17-20) In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.