Calvinists and all Christians confess that salvation is a free gift. I am leaving out cultic teachings and beliefs that expressly believe that salvation is of works, i.e. Mormonism, Catholicism, SAD, JW's &c. However, there are teachings that turn this gift into a reward that are outside of these cultic groups and thought of as orthodox in belief systems. One specific theology, and other nominal belief systems that make this gift a reward is found within the teachings of Arminian theology and among some non-Calvinist theologies. Arminian theology teaches a cooperative salvation, that is, that man cooperates with God, then chooses salvation, and then is rewarded salvation. They would call it gifted, but the actual teaching denies this. Let's be clear that this does not show salvation as a gift, but as a reward for doing something, a reward for cooperating, and a reward for choosing. Scripturally it is that God has gifted us faith, which is evidence of salvation, and we know Scripturally that He quickens us and we realize then we are saved. Nothing in our choosing makes it effectual or real, as it is really God that chose us, and our response is simply belief. Yet even at the moment of salvation it is simply an acknowledgment that He called us, chose us, and saved us. We come to the realization that He did all of the saving, each and every part, thus we claim and hold to 'monergism' not 'synergism', and salvation is reckoned, truly, as a gift, not a reward for action, choosing, or cooperating. When one claims it is by our cooperation, then it claims a person has done a thing, and in response are given salvation for cooperation. This shows that salvation is not soley dependent upon God alone, but that our decision is necessary, and only after we decide are we saved, rendering the gift a reward. I cannot see how salvation is a gift within this thinking and teaching.