J.I. Packer in his “Introductory Essay” to John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ (London: Banner of Truth, 1959) boiled the five points of Calvinism (Total Depravity of Man, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints) to the main ideal that really is the foundation to all of the others:

“God saves sinners—and the force of this confession may not be weakened by disrupting the unity of the work of the Trinity, or by dividing the achievement of salvation between God and man and making the decisive part man’s own, or by soft-pedaling the sinner’s inability so as to allow him to share the praise of his salvation with his Saviour. This is the one point of Calvinistic soteriology which the “five points” are concerned to establish and Arminianism in all its forms to deny: namely, that sinners do not save themselves in any sense at all, but that salvation, first and last, whole and entire, past, present and future, is of the Lord, to whom be glory for ever; amen.”

Amen indeed!

HT: Acts 29 Blog via Adrian Warnock

14 comments
  1. Packer isn’t saying that it is not, but that God enables a person to respond.

    Jesus himself said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him,” (John 6:44, ESV).

  2. Packer isn’t saying that it is not, but that God enables a person to respond.

    Jesus himself said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him,” (John 6:44, ESV).

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