Salvation. Who Decides?

A Clear Presentation of God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Responsibility

How can we be confident of the promise in Romans 8:39 that “nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of Christ our Lord”?

Dr. Doug Erlandson answers this question in What the Bible Says About Salvation and the Sovereignty of God. Written in a lively, easy-to-understand way, the book begins with the implications of Jesus’ final words at Calvary, “It is finished.” Erlandson then contrasts the answers that Arminian and Reformed (Calvinist) Christians give concerning what Christ accomplished on the cross and the basis for our salvation.

Five Crucial Questions

  • Are we able to respond to the Gospel prior to the Holy Spirit working in us?
  • Is our salvation solely a matter of God’s sovereign good pleasure and will?
  • Did Christ die to make salvation possible for everyone or to atone for the sins of his people?
  • Is our salvation a cooperative effort? Or is it God’s work from first to last?
  • Can we lose our salvation?

˃˃˃ What does the Bible say?

In discussing these questions, Erlandson examines the Arminian and Reformed answers and shows why the Reformed position is more consistent with Scripture. The final chapter talks about the great comfort the Reformed view of salvation provides to believers.