I have sought to look into what the Bible has to say on these things for myself, and I encourage you to prayerfully do that as well. If you involve yourself in personal evangelism at all then hyper-Calvinists will find you to try and discourage you in sharing Christ's Gospel. I figure that there's nothing wrong in being ready for em. After I checked it out in the word, I have come to firmly hold these following views regarding their five points of Calvinism:
- Regarding total depravity, I affirm that "apart from God's grace, no unrepentant sinner can be saved," and that "mankind is clearly fallen and lost in sin."
- Regarding unconditional election, I affirm that God, "based on His wise foreknowledge, has predestined the believer," and that "God clearly does choose, but man must also accept instead of resist God's kind invitation to His great salvation."
- Regarding limited atonement, I affirm that Jesus Christ died for all people - "for the whole world" and that the "atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ was clearly sufficient to save the entire human race."
- Regarding irresistible grace, I affirm that "God's grace can either be resisted and rejected, or accepted and received by faith and the exercise of human free will".
- I affirm and firmly "believe in the perseverance of the saints (true born again believers) but are deeply concerned about sinful lifestyles and rebellious hearts among those who call themselves 'Christians'." I never want to give any false assurance to those who willfully choose to live in sin.
Hey God loves you too much to leave you the way you are--He wants you to consistently think, to act, and to love like His Son Jesus does and that's why He allows trials and testings into our lives. But remember, God does offer His great salvation freely to all who will call on His name in humility. He turns away n rebuffs none to humble themselves to go after Christ His only provision for our salvation.