Grace and Free Will

we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. (2Co 6:1)

Two or three points come to mind:

  • Grace must be accepted. This means that our free choice to accept it is necessary, contrary to what Calvinists say. God does not compel our wills; if He did we would cease to be human and our love for Him would be false because it too would be compelled.
  • If grace must be accepted, it must be possible to reject it. Again, the Calvinists are mistaken.
  • Grace may be accepted in vain: that is, its power in us to save us may be thwarted. But it cannot be that God would give His saving grace to one who rejects the offer at the outset; consequently it must be the case that after receiving that grace one may lose or reject it. Once again the Calvinists are mistaken. God does not save us against our wills; if He does then this passage would be unintelligible.
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7 comments on “Grace and Free Will
  1. Hey, this is pithy and digestible, Thanks.

  2. aquinasetc says:

    Thanks, Christian, and thanks for stopping by!


  3. barbaraschoeneberger says:

    So glad you’ve joined Sunday Snippets. I like the clarity of the points. This is just the kind of writing we need to help us in our evangelizing others.

  4. aquinasetc says:

    Thank you very much, Barbara. :-) I am glad you found this post helpful.


  5. lioness says:

    Short and right on. I’m not up on Calvinist beliefs but I like being reminded of Gospel basics.

  6. lioness says:

    P. S. Welcome!

  7. aquinasetc says:


    Thanks, and thanks :-)

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