There have been a couple of people who have questioned, passively, exactly where I stand on some Calvinistic issues and it seems some have taken upon themselves to imagine a position for me. Many here have put their understanding out front and allowed others to comment, critique, and debate various components. Now it is my turn. I believe that we, as Christians, should stand firm in one spirit and mind. We should strive together for the faith of the gospel. Iron sharpens iron, but in a Christian context we are to offer correction with patience and love, not quibbling over minor issues. And in that spirit, realizing that a couple of people here have severely misunderstand where I stand on several issues, I am offering my view for clarification (generally following "TULIP" for ease). I believe that sin came into the world through Adam, and death spread to all because all men have sinned. So by Adam’s disobedience we were all made sinners. None, therefore, are righteous. No one understands, no one seeks after God. We all have turned aside and have become worthless. Man is enslaved to sin. I believe that this applied to us before we were saved. We all once lived in the passions of our flesh and carried out our own desires. We once were by nature children of wrath, just like the rest of mankind. Not only that, but we were dead in trespasses and sins which once consumed our lives. This is where we were when God saved us – dead in sin. Regarding the elect, I believe that all that the Father gives to Jesus will come to him, and whoever does come to Him will not be cast out. No one can come to the Father but through Christ, and no one can come to Christ unless it is granted by the Father. I believe that God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself. Those He foreknew He predestined to become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ so that Christ would be the firstborn among many brethren. I believe that Jesus is the Good Shepherd that gives His life for the sheep. His sheep hear His voice and He will bring them into the flock. I think that Scripture bears out that husbands are to love their wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Jesus was sent to redeem a people, the Church, the Bride. When we were dead in our trespasses and sins, God made us alive. All the Fathers gives will come to Christ, and whoever comes will never be cast out. It is the will of the Father that Christ lose nothing of all that He has given. God is the potter, and it is through His will that He creates us as vessels unto wrath and vessels of mercy. Everyone who looks on Christ and believes in Him will have eternal live and will be raised to life on the last day. God’s will is going to be accomplished.