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Ephesians 1:4-5 – He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will [the purpose of his will] (NIV 1984).
The question is: how (or why) did He make His choice?
Pelagianism – Grace of God assists in salvation but is not necessary for salvation. Man is capable of redemption through his own efforts (works). Father of humanism and liberalism. Considered heretical or anti-Christian.
Semi-Pelagianism(Arminianism) – Man cannot be saved apart from the grace of God, but rather he must cooperate with or assent to the grace (salvation not wholly dependent upon God’s grace). View largely held by modern evangelicals.
Augustinianism (Calvinism, Reformed) – Salvation wholly dependent upon the grace of God. Man is not even capable of cooperating…
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