I had to take a deep sigh when I read this sort of thing once again for the umpteenth time: Total Inability, a.k.a. Total Depravity is not something extra-biblical Calvin invented, nor is it something that only appeared in Calvinist doctrine. Arminius affirmed Total Depravity. I read that even Wesley affirmed Total Depravity, although I know more about Arminius than Wesley, so I can't say. Total Depravity is assumed to be true in the five articles of Remonstrance (the 5 articles prompted Calvinists to create TULIP in response). The Remonstrance even affirms that regeneration precedes faith. Here is Article III of the Remonstrance (emphasis decidedly mine): Do you see what it says? Man has no energy of free-will in his state of sin that he might do ANY truly good thing, not even enough free will to have faith. It is needful (necessary) for man to be born again in order to have faith. That's what it says -- TOTAL DEPRAVITY IS TRUE, and REGENERATION PRECEDES FAITH. These two doctrines are NOT unique to Calvinism. They are both affirmed in Arminianism, and the Remonstrance which affirms them preceded any notion of TULIP. ANYTHING LESS than the above was considered heresy even by followers of Arminius. This is an extremely important point, because, contrary to what many claim, these concepts were not some new thoughts introduced by Calvin. They were considered basic, fundamental doctrines even by those who did not agree with Calvin. That's also why it would lack integrity to call most of the free-willers on here Arminians. They aren't Arminians at all. They are semi-pelagians. If they were Arminians they would affirm Total Depravity, and agree that regeneration precedes faith. .