One Point Calvinism

According to J. I. Packer, Calvinism’s five points really boil down to one significant claim that underlies all the others. My friend, Scott Thomas, shared this on the Acts 29 blog:

“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.”

J. I. Packer, “Introductory Essay” to John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ (London: Banner of Truth, 1959), 4-5.

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