Christians realize Calvinism is too far to the left, Arminianism too far to the right.

                    What should the normal Christian choose?               

                 A Balanced View of Soteriology           

           Through a Comparative Analysis with Proportion Theology

Calvinist Theology

Proportion Theology

Arminian Theology


God's Sovereignty is Exhaustive
God has determined everything which will take place in the universe by his decrees in past eternity ~ including who will be saved and who will be condemned in hell (reprobation).

I. Permissive & Perceptive will - God's Perfect will for man's volition.

The decree of God's exhaustive sovereignty allows movement within His permissive will through autonomous individual moral agents. God's perceptive foreknowledge and grace of all events enables man's volition within the boundaries of His overall sovereign plan.

The ways of God, His presence, righteousness, and good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, is revealed to all hearts through faith that acknowledge and glorify Him, The consequences of His wrath is revealed to all who reject and suppress acknowledgment of His presence, design in creation, and His will for mankind.

Romans 1:16-21; Romans 11:20-32; Romans 12:1-2; Mark 8:14-18; II Peter 3:9; I Corinthians 13:4; Revelation 3:20; Ezekiel 16:42-43

God's Sovereignty:Self-Limited
God has limited the exercise of His sovereignty by creating angels and humans as autonomous moral beings and progressively delegating authority and responsibility to them.  In the extreme Arminian doctrine of Open Theism, God has no foreknowledge and is continually surprised by man's decisions.

OTAL DEPRAVITY means total inability. Human spiritual death is defined in an extreme way as a total inability to please God in any way, including inability to repent and believe the gospel of Christ. People are seen as spiritual corpses.

II. Perpetual Depravity - Mankind is spiritually dead, stuck in Sin.

Mankind is totally depraved in extensive corruption, fallen through Adam’s disobedience, marred in the image of God, unable to please God, and cannot seek salvation, unless he responds to the pricking of the Holy Spirit's convictions, and changes his mind to belief through God's faith for repentance, and cries out under God's good and prevenient grace and mercy, with working faith given from the enlightening gospel message delivered unto him by the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 6:5-6, Jeremiah 17:9, Isaiah 64:6, Ezekiel 34:11-16, Matthew 5:43-48, Matthew 13:1-8, John 6:44, Acts 2:37, Romans 2:4 I Peter 1:12 Romans 10:14-21 Jeremiah 5:21 Ezekiel 12:2 Acts 28:27 II Corinthians 4:4 I Samuel 10:19 Luke 10:16 John 3:36 Acts 7:39 I Thessalonians 4:8 I Timothy 1:19 II Timothy 3:8 Exodus 32:8 Psalms 80:14-19 Jeremiah 8:5 Jeremiah 15:6 Jeremiah 17:13-16 Matthew 24:10 II Chronicles 30:8 Ezekiel 18:30

There are diverse views of depravity. Some do not emphasize the full impact of Adam’s sin. God has given prevenient (preceding) grace to all mankind through the cross to enable sinners to repent, believe, and do good works.

Before we were even born, God has decided and decreed who will be saved and who will go to hell apart from anything we do or can do. His basis for this choice is an unrevealed mystery.

III. Perfect Election - The saved are the elect, through specific faith

God foreknew (foreknows) the number of the elect, but does not determine their salvation decision. God patiently calls upon every man, revealing Himself with the enlightenment of his awareness through specific faith, and accepts man's decision for or against salvation. God alone knows man's final decision for or against Him and acts accordingly.

Matthew 16:17 Luke 2:26 John 12:38 Romans 1:5-17 Romans 2:5 Romans 10:20 I Corinthians 2:10 II Corinthians 4:10 Galatians 3:23 Job 13:1 Job 42:5 Proverbs 20:12 Isaiah 11:3 Isaiah 43:8 Romans 11:2-12 1 John 4:19 Matthew 22:14 Mark 13:20 John 15:19 Acts 1:24 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 Ephesians 1:4-11 (in Him) Colossians 1:27 I Thessalonians 1:4 I Peter 2:4-9 Revelation 17:14 John 12:48 Joshua 24:15-24 Deuteronomy 26:14-9 Acts 5:32 Jeremiah 32:40 II Peter 1:3-11 Romans 4:17 1 Corinthians 16:22

Election is conditioned on foreknowledge of faith plus perseverance in good works.

Christ died only for the “elect,” who were sovereignly chosen in past eternity. God does not really love the “non-elect.” Many say that He hates them.

IV. Pertinent Atonement & Sanctification - Offered to all, applied to some

God offers His propitiation (satisfaction) of Jesus' sacrificed blood to every individual and applies the sprinkling of Christ's blood upon the mercy seat only for the elect who repent through God's specific faith in Jesus' blood sacrifice for sin, sets them aside for ministry, and prepares eternal fellowship with them, to inherit and partake in God's kingdom of light. Jesus Christ's payment for sin, through His blood atonement, is sufficient for all but efficient only for those under His cross, personally converted through Christ's direct salvation. (scripture references from KJV)
Proverbs 8:17
Leviticus 16:14 Exodus 12:1-13 Isaiah 1:18 Romans 5:9 Romans 11:18 Matthew 7:7 Luke 11:9-13 John 15:4-6 I Corinthians 2:7-8 I Corinthians 5:7 Hebrews 9:13-22 Hebrews 10:19 Hebrews 13:12
Romans 3:21-25 Ephesians 1:7 Ephesians 2:13 Colossians 1:14 I John 1:7-9 I John 5:8 Revelation 1:5 1 Peter 1:18 Revelation 12:11

Christ died for all mankind but not as a substitute for sinners. It was to restore God’s honor and restore His government over the human race. Others say it is only to wash us from our sins.

The “elect” are directly and irresistibly regenerated before they believe, since they cannot first exercise saving faith.

V. Progressive Grace - General grace given to all, Specific grace applied to some

The Holy Spirit constantly seeks the lost, pursuing and pricking their conscience, through general revelation of nature and the cosmos, combining bible faith & divine grace with specific revelation through scripture, evangelism, life's circumstances, and reasoning with man's thought process' to consider God's redemption for conviction to obtain righteousness, until the Holy Spirit ceases contending with them, giving them over to their depraved minds. Only God knows when a person's conscience is permanently sealed against considering salvation.

Genesis 6:3 Matthew 23:37 Romans 1:19-28 John 1:31 John 2:11 Isaiah 6:8-12 Isaiah 32:3 Isaiah 35:5 Ezekiel 40:4 Matthew 13:15-16 Acts 18:27 Ephesians 2:8 Romans 4:2 Romans 11:18 I Corinthians 1:18-30 I Corinthians 4:7 II Corinthians 1:9-12 Mark 4:3-20 John 3:11 Ephesians 6:24

Prevenient grace enables sinners to believe, but they must themselves respond.

We cannot really be sure we are among the “elect” unless we persevere until the end. We must constantly search our hearts to make sure we are not counterfeits.

VI. Permanent Security - Everyone in Christ is eternally secure in salvation

(OSAS - Once Saved Always Saved)

Every regenerated believer is eternally secure, may fall into sin, but recovers as an adopted child of God. Those permanently departing from God never truly experienced the actual redemptive process, but experienced a synthetic or manipulative conversion. (easy beliefism)

I Peter 1:5 Ephesians 6:18 Ephesians 2:8-9 Ephesians 4:30 Hebrews 12:1 James 1:25 Romans 3:21-24 Romans 8:23-39 John 10:27-30 Philippians 1:6 I Corinthians 3:10-15 II Corinthians 5:17 John 3:14-16 Colossians 3:1-3 I John 1:7-9

Believers may know that they are saved now, but ultimate salvation is conditional upon continued faith and good works. There are diverse views about whether one can be saved again after losing salvation.

                                     The Seven Solas

The seven solas are seven Latin phrases rising up during the Protestant Reformation and summarize the Reformers' basic theological beliefs in contradistinction to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church of the day. The Latin word sola means "alone" or "only" in English. The seven solas articulate seven fundamental beliefs of the Protestant Reformation, pillars which Reformers believe to be essentials of Christian life in belief and practice.

1) Sola Scriptura ("by Scripture alone")

Sola scriptura is the teaching that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative word of God, is the only source for Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all—that is, it is perspicuous and self-interpreting.
That the Bible requires no interpretation outside of itself is an idea directly opposed to the teaching of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Coptic, Anglo-Catholic, and Roman Catholic traditions, which teach that the Bible can be authentically interpreted only by Apostolic Tradition, this being for the Roman Catholic tradition embodied in the Magisterium, (that is the teaching authority embodied in Bishops in union with the Pope).
Sola scriptura is sometimes called the formal principle of the Reformation, since it is the source and norm of the material principle, sola fide.

The adjective (sola) and the noun (scriptura) are in the ablative case rather than the nominative case to indicate that the Bible does not stand alone apart from God, but rather that it is the instrument of God by which He reveals Himself for salvation through faith in Christ (solus Christus)

2) Sola Fide ("by faith alone")

Sola fide is the teaching that justification (interpreted in Protestant theology as, "being declared right by God"), is received by faith only, without any mixture of or need for good works, though in classical Protestant theology, saving faith is always evidenced by good works. Some Protestants see this doctrine as being summarized with the formula "Faith yields justification and good works" and as contrasted with the Roman Catholic formula "Faith and good works yield justification."

Protestantism also teaches the doctrine of Regeneration, which has always been part of the doctrine of Justification by Faith, which states that the Holy Spirit Indwells a new believer at the point of his response to the Gospel with Faith in Christ, and the Holy Spirit thus Regenerates the soul of the believer and makes it not only "legally" righteous according to the declaration of the Father, but also objectively righteous. In Regeneration, the Holy Spirit makes actual the declaration of righteousness of the Father. But Luther recognized that this inner transformation, (termed in some Evangelical circles today as being "saved" or "born again"), does not immediately make the believer completely sinless in his actual daily life. The soul is seen as Regenerated and made perfect by the Holy Spirit, but the "flesh" still holds some sway in the life of the believer and must be progressively overcome and brought into obedience by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Protestant theology, this progressive realization and "living out" of the inner transformation that took place in the act of Regeneration is called "Sanctification".

The Sola fide doctrine is sometimes called the material cause or principle of the Reformation because it was the central doctrinal issue for Martin Luther and the other reformers. Luther called it the "doctrine by which the church stands or falls" (Latin, articulus stantis et cadentis ecclesiae). This doctrine asserts the total exclusion of any other righteousness to justify the sinner other than the "alien" righteousness (righteousness of another) of Christ alone. Sola fide excludes even the sinner's own righteousness of Sanctification or his "new obedience" from his Justification.

3) Sola Gratia ("Grace Alone")

Sola gratia is the teaching that salvation comes by God's grace or "unmerited favor" only — not as something merited by the sinner. This means that salvation is an unearned gift from God for Jesus' sake. While some maintain that this doctrine is the opposite of "works' righteousness" and conflicts with some of the aspects of the Roman Catholic doctrine of merit, it might be asserted that this article, taken at face value, conflicts in no way with Roman Catholic teaching; while the doctrine that grace is truly and always a gift of God is held in agreement between both views, the difference in doctrine lies mainly in two facts:
that of God as sole actor in grace (in other words, that grace is always efficacious without any cooperation by man),
and second,
that man cannot by any action of his own, acting under the influence of grace, cooperate with grace to "merit" greater graces for himself (the latter would be the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church).
This doctrine asserts divine monergism in salvation:
God acts alone to save the sinner.
The responsibility for salvation does not rest on the sinner to any degree as in "synergism" or Arminianism. Lutheranism holds that this doctrine must not be maintained to the exclusion of gratia universalis (that God seriously wills the salvation of all people).

4) Sola Christus ("Christ Alone" or "Jesus Alone")

Solus Christus is the teaching that Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and that there is salvation through no other (hence, the phrase is sometimes rendered in the ablative case, solo Christo, meaning that salvation is "by Christ alone"). While rejecting all other mediators between God and man, classical Lutheranism continues to honor the memory of the Virgin Mary and other exemplary saints.
This principle rejects "sacerdotalism," which is the belief that there are no sacraments in the church without the services of priests ordained by apostolic succession under the authority of the pope.

5) Soli Deo gloria ("glory to God alone")

Soli Deo gloria is the teaching that all glory is to be due to God alone, since salvation is accomplished solely through His will and action — not only the gift of the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus on the cross but also the gift of faith in that atonement, created in the heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit.
The reformers believed that human beings—even saints canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, the popes, and the ecclesiastical hierarchy—are not worthy of the glory that was accorded them.
That is that one should not exalt such humans for their good works, but rather praise and give glory to God who is the author and perfecter (finisher) of these people and their good works.

6) Soli Sangre Christi ("blood of Jesus Christ alone")

Soli Sangre Christi is the teaching that faith and trust in the shed blood Jesus Christ alone is the only sufficient sacrificial payment debt and only satisfaction for God's wrath upon Sin. The actual shed blood of Christ (not transubstantiated blood) is presently sprinkled upon God's "mercy seat" in heaven and continually washes "cleanses" the regenerate of sin until the day man's perishing body (the flesh) is replaced with his new redemptive body (at the rapture).

7) Sola Veritas ("truth alone")

The solid non changing Truth of God is founded in His living Word, steadfast in Jesus Christ