Calvinists are critical of the non-calvinists’ position that a man MUST repent and believe to be converted or born again. They argue that salvation or conversion is a sole work of God and that man contributes NOTHING to his conversion.
Here is my question. Can a person be saved or converted or born again without repenting and exercising saving or believing faith? No. Is this decision (calvinist or non-calvinist) a “free-will decision” or is it one that is made by God for the individual? Again, in both systems the answer is “it is a free-will decision.”
If this is true, then the non-calvinist position that a lost person MUST repent and believe the gospel to be saved is the same position of the calvinist who basically says the same thing. So, unless I am missing something here, BOTH systems demand the same decision and bot systems have the lost doing exactly the same thing in repenting of their own volition and exercising believing faith in order to be converted or saved.
I understand there is a conflict that exists concerning man’s ability to repent and believe; but the objection that in one system man participates in the salvific process (synergism) and the other God alone saves (monergism) BOTH require the same volitional choices to repent and believe… for apart from one repenting and believing NO ONE can be saved.
Both systems require man to participate in the salvific process and to the same degree.