The first thread was closed due to being 30 pages, I only started a new thread to answer Old Regular in this post. http://www.baptistboard.com/showpost.php?p=1910827&postcount=302 I wanted to specifically answer this statement; You are mistaken, the scriptures clearly tell us Cornelius was NOT SAVED. Acts 11:13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; 14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. 15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. 17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? In Acts 11, Peter has returned to Jerusalem and is recounting his experience with Cornelius. In verses 13-14 Peter tells us what the angel had said to Cornelius. The angel had told Cornelius to send for Peter "who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house SHALL BE SAVED." So we know for an absolute fact that Cornelius was NOT saved when the angel appeared to him. We also know from verse 15-17 that Cornelius did not receive the Holy Spirit until after Peter began to preach to him and he believed. So we know for a fact that Cornelius was not regenerated when the angel appeared to him in chapter 10. We know from chapter 10 that Cornelius was very devout and feared God, that he prayed always, and gave much alms to the people. Peter declared that Cornelius worked "righteousness" in Acts 10:35. Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The story of Cornelius refutes Total Inability in several ways. Cornelius was not saved, and Cornelius did not have the Holy Spirit, yet Cornelius truly and sincerely believed in God. In fact, the scripture implies he had believed for many years as he had a good report of all the Jews, who were normally very bigoted against any Gentile. Cornelius's faith was real because God sent an angel to speak to him. God also recognized his good works and alms, as Peter confirmed in verse 35. This shows unregenerate men can do good works that God recognizes. So here you have an unregenerate man without the Holy Spirit who was devout and feared God, prayed always, and did good works that God recognized. The story of Cornelius utterly refutes Total Inability as understood by Calvinism.