I reject both Calvinism and Arminianism as damnable heresies. Both systems of thought extend their views of soteriology beyond what the scriptures teach. I wish to set the record straight about what I believe concerning salvation and election. #1 - Mankind has inherited the sinful nature from Adam and all men are born dead in trespasses and sins. This "deadness" means that man is unable to live a righteous life on his own no matter how hard he tries to do right. #2 - Christ came to this world to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world and to provide salvation for all mankind. God did not choose to save a select few and then let the rest go to hell. He chose to save all those that would call on his name based upon their faith and trust in what Christ has done on the cross. #3 - When a man gets saved he then has the ability to do right because of the new nature that God has created in him. Saved people are not only declared righteous but have the imputed righteousness of Christ. That imputed righteousness gives the saved the ability to live a righteous life. #4 - The Biblical use of the words "foreknowledge", "election", "predestination", and "sanctification" are used in reference to those who will be saved in relation to their service to God not in relation to the means of obtaining salvation. #5 - God has provided the means of salvation through Christ's sacrifice on the cross but each one has the responsibilty to come to Christ personally repenting of their sins and trusting Christ as their Saviour. #6 - God uses the Holy Spirit to bring people to Christ by convicting men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The work of the Holy Spirit is accomplished through the preaching of God's word. #7 - Salvation is once for all and a saved person can never lose his salvation but a saved person can backslide on God to the point of committing the sin unto death. I could say a lot more but I will stop there.