Irresistible Grace "...means that the Holy Spirit can overcome all resistance and make his influence irresistible." LINK TO QUOTE Sanctification is a work of God in us to conform us to the image of Christ; "... it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul in regeneration. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man (Rom. 6:13; 2 Cor. 4:6; Col. 3:10; 1 John 4:7; 1 Cor. 6:19). It is the special office of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work (1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Thess. 2:13)." Easton's Bible Dictionary These two truths are closely related. Irresistible Grace, rightly understood, extends to the lifelong process of sanctifying a believer, not just to the point of bringing one to regeneration. I'm well aware that some Non-Calvinists deal with this problem by divorcing sanctification from justification, making sanctification optional; thus we have the "Carnal Christian" notion. This is simply denying "Irresistible Grace" altogether. But the scriptural evidence that sanctification is a work of God is overwhelming and destroys this argument; else our Lord's prayer that God would "Sanctify them (us) through thy truth" was in vain. My question is for those who deny the Calvinist view of Irresistible Grace and still hold to the idea that sanctification is somehow an "irresistible" work of God in the believer. Would you say that God's sanctifying grace becomes "irresistible" in the converted person? Does this not destroy "free-will," as non-calvinists would argue that it would in bringing about conversion? If not, how do you avoid the problem of not making sanctification optional, if it is entirely up to the 'believer' alone to 'choose' to be sanctified? Just some things that I'm trying to understand.