My complement to Jordan’s similarly titled thread. I know some will try and be clever; “I’m not an Arminian, I’m a “Non-Calvinist.” So this doesn’t apply to me.” Whatever. If I’m labeled a Calvinist despite my disagreements with much of Calvin’s teaching simply because I am a monergist, then you, synergist, are an Arminian. Or Roman Catholic, take your pick. For the record, I’m not even wild about being called a Reformed Baptist since they tend to identify with the 1689 LBC. I do not. Anyway… If God bases his election of sinners on foreseen faith, then God is not making a genuine choice but is simply reacting to his creation. In this system, the creature is freer than the creator, which is contrary to both scripture and logic. Taken to its extreme conclusion, this would mean that God looks forward in time to learn what his creation will do, thus overturning God’s omniscience. This is why some, James White for example, have said the only consistent Arminian is an Open Theist. However, scripture says that God is free to act and do whatever he pleases with his creation. God is not constrained by any of man’s choices and none of his plans ever fail. He has infallible foreknowledge because he has planned all things and works all things out according to his will. Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That both good and ill go forth? - Lam 3:37-38 NASB Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. - Psa 135:6 NASB Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure'; Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it. - Isa 46:10-11 NASB "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?" - Jer 32:27 NASB But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. - Jhn 1:12-13 NASB For He says to Moses, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. - Rom 9:15-16 NASB Also, if God bases his election of us off of foreseen faith, then is not this faith something within us that is motivating God to save us? If it is the motivation for God giving us salvation then isn’t it something that we do that merits our salvation? Scripture instead teaches that God will save whom he will save. His election is based off of his own, unknown, will. It is his free choice, not mans. Yes faith is necessary, but this faith itself is a gift and God himself first grants and works salvation in us. How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. - Psa 65:4 NASB "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. - Jhn 6:37-39 NASB "He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God." - Jhn 8:47 NASB "But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. - Jhn 10:26-28 NASB So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. - Rom 9:18 NASB For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. - Rom 12:3 NASB just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, - Eph 1:4-5 NASB For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, - Phl 1:29 NASB Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, - 1Pe 1:3 NASB Also, only in the Calvinist (monergist) system does God actually accomplish salvation at the cross. Only the Calvinist can say that the cross actually saved anyone. For the Arminian, the cross didn’t save anyone; it only made all men savable. There is a massive difference between the two. Scripture, however, affirms that salvation itself was accomplished at the cross. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. - Jhn 19:30 NASB For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. - Col 1:19-20 NASB When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. - Col 2:13-14 NASB and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. - Heb 9:12 NASB but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. - Heb 10:12-14 NASB knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. - 1Pe 1:18-19 NASB and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. - 1Pe 2:24 NASB and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood-- - Rev 1:5 NASB More can be said, but I think this is sufficient for now.