Irresistible Grace ?

A passage Calvinists like to use to prove their theory of "Irresistible Grace" (that the elect can’t help but decide to serve God) is John 6:44 – "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." But this verse is not teaching God miraculously forces people to become Christians. Instead the way God draws people is found in the very next verse. Verse 45 reads, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." So God doesn’t force men to come to him; instead they come to God as the result of teaching and learning from the word of God.

Paul said to his readers, "the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance" (Romans 2:4), so they were not forced; instead, they were led by God to repent. Romans 10:16 says "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Faith then, is not something forced upon us. II Thessalonians 2:14 says people are "called … by our gospel" not by some miraculous mysterious voice. II Corinthians 5:10 teaches our conversion is a result of divine persuasion – so it can be resisted by the closed minded (Matthew 13:15). It is not intended by God to be irresistible.


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