Calvinism Says God Gives Repentance

Yes there is a sense in which God grants repentance to a person (Acts 11:18b). But it is not in the sense of miraculously forcing us to repent (as the Calvinist understands it). Rom 2:4b says “… the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.” So God grants us repentance by leading us through means, and does not take away our free will in the matter. As a parallel, God gives us our daily bread (Matt 6:11), not through the miraculous raining of manna, but through providentially providing us opportunities to work.

Notice “the gospel … is the power of God unto salvation” (Rom 1:16) and “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). Notice also from John 6:44-45 that the way God “draws” us is by teaching and learning, not by force. So God grants us repentance by leading us to that end by inspired persuasion (II Cor 5:11). Repentance is something “we do” (Acts 2:37-38). God doesn’t repent for us. It is our choice (Josh 24:15).

And God’s leading/persuasion/calling can be refused:

· Matt 22:14: For many are called, but few are chosen.

· Matt 23:37: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not.

Repentance is a very important condition of salvation (Luke 13:3). Have you repented, or are you still living in sin?

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