Someone asked me in another thread to deal with Semi-Pelagianism. This request was made in light of my stating that my beliefs most closely reflect Classical Arminianism. I will take the opportunity to address this as requested, because contrary to the notion of some, Classical Arminianism is not semi-pelagianism. First, I will address what semi pelagianism is, then state the position of the Classical Arminians. Semi Pelagianism teaches that a person can decide to turn to Christ without the aid of Divine Grace, ie that a person can initiate faith and take the initial steps toward salvation on their own initiative. This is not the view of Classical Arminians. Arminius- In this state, the free will of man towards the true good is not only wounded, maimed, infirm, bent, and weakened; but it is also imprisoned, destroyed, and lost. And its powers are not only debilitated and useless unless they be assisted by grace, but it has no powers whatever except such as are excited by Divine grace. Arminius The Second thing to be observed is, that as the very first commencement of every good thing, so likewise the progress, continuance and confirmation, nay, even the perseverance in good, are not from ourselves, but from God through the Holy Spirit. For "he who hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ;" (Phil. i. 6 Remonstrants, article three- That man has not saving grace of himself, nor of the energy of his free will, inasmuch as he, in the state of apostasy and sin, can of and by himself neither think, will, nor do any thing that is truly good (such as saving faith eminently is); but that it is needful that he be born again of God in Christ, through his Holy Spirit, and renewed in understanding, inclination, or will, and all his powers, in order that he may rightly understand, think, will, and effect what is truly good, according to the Word of Christ, John 15:5, “Without me ye can do nothing.”  Remonstrants, article four- That this grace of God is the beginning, continuance, and accomplishment of all good, even to this extent, that the regenerate man himself, without prevenient or assisting, awakening, following and cooperative grace, can neither think, will, nor do good, nor withstand any temptations to evil; so that all good deeds or movements, that can be conceived, must be ascribed to the grace of God in Christ. but respects the mode of the operation of this grace, it is not irresistible; inasmuch as it is written concerning many, that they have resisted the Holy Ghost. Acts 7, and elsewhere in many places. So the statement that Armiianism in it's original form is a form of Semi-pelagiianism is wholly invalid, and people who say such things harm their own credibilty.