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The “I’m not a Calvinist or an Arminian” Statement

Calvinism and Arminianism are usually just used as shorthand for Monergism & Synergism. Either you believe regeneration precedes faith or you do not? Either you affirm that Christ is sufficient to provide all you need for salvation (including a new heart to believe) or you affirm Christ in necessary but not sufficient i.e. provides only the opportunity but not the effectual grace. You either believe in the necessity of the effectual work of the Holy Spirit in salvation or you do not. If you ask yourself, “is faith also part of the gift of grace Christ purchases for his own” (John 6:63-65) OR “is faith the product of our unregenerated human nature?” The answer to these questions make it clear wither you believe salvation is by grace alone OR grace PLUS something you contribute. This is the essence of what people mean when they compare these two understanding of the Bible. You are either a monergist or synergist: Christ Alone or Christ PLUS. There is no third option.

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