The two passages that Calvinists have continually referred to when supporting their teaching of Total inability are Romans 8:3-5 and Romans 3:10-12, neither of which say anything close to what the Calvinists claim. We have already looked at Romans 8; now let's look at this passage: Romans 3:10-12 As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one. Somehow Calvinist take this passage to mean that all mankind in unable to respond to the general calling of the Holy Spirit through faith in the gospel presentation. What does this verse say? 1. No one on their own is righteous or good, not even one. 2. No one on their own seeks God 3. All on their own have turned away and are useless without God We all agree with these facts! 1. Without being clothed in the righteousness of Christ, no one is righteous 2. Without the call of the Spirit and the gospel no one would could know anything about God for no one seeks him on their own. 3. Without the intervention of God through the working of His Spirit and the call of the gospel we would all still be turned away and useless! Without the work of Christ on the cross, the calling of the Holy Spirit, and the appointed apostles preaching and inspired writings of the gospel we could never be clothed in the righteousness of Christ through faith, we could never seek God--for he seeks us; as the scripture says, “He came to seek and save that which is lost.” He has left his disciples with the help of the Holy Spirit to spread the good news, thus SEEKING out the lost by those very means! Before he did this all mankind had turned away and were useless, they were not righteous, they did not seek God, which is exactly why he appointed the means of the preaching of the gospel to the entire world. This passage never mentions man’s inability to respond to God’s call of the gospel by faith. The words “faith,” “belief” or “gospel” do NOT even appear in this passage so to assume that this teaches “total inability” to respond to God’s plan of redemption by faith is absurd and very presumptuous upon the text. As a matter of fact, if you read what Paul goes on to say in the following verses you can clearly see that he wasn’t meaning to say that men are totally unable to respond by faith in verses 10-12. He writes: 3:21-24 But now, apart from the law, God's righteousness has been revealed--attested by the Law and the Prophets --that is, God's righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood. It is very clear in this passage that he is introducing a new righteousness from that spoken about in verse 10 for it’s a righteousness that is applied THROUGH FAITH and not by the works of the Law. It seems that this would be a real good time for Paul to clarify that no man is able to have faith sense he does mention the word "faith," 9 times in this passage, but he never draws that conclusion. Many Calvinist try to equate faith with a work of the law but Paul doesn’t, look at what he writes: Romans 3:27-30 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law. Or is God for Jews only? Is He not also for Gentiles? Yes, for Gentiles too, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. It is clear that there is no boasting in having faith. Why? Because it is set in contrast to the works of the Law. This passage in no way supports the “total inability” of man to respond by faith to the call of the gospel!