Mirjam wrote:
When it comes to salvation, there is a part of God doing something and there is a part of man doing something. God sent His Son and man has to believe Him. Christ died for the forgiveness of our sins and our reconciliation to God, but man has to accept this and live by his faith. And that is what our free will is for.
It is true that God doesn't believe for anyone unto salvation. Confession is made with the lips of man. But it is also true that the ability to believe is given to the elect only when the Holy Spirit regenerates, makes them alive, gives them new birth first. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> And after the Spirit works that grace in the sinner's soul/heart, then that person will infallibly repent and believe on Christ but most freely.

Perhaps you might benefit from reading these articles:

The Myth of Free Will, by Walter Chantry.

Free-Will a Slave, a sermon by Charles Spurgeon.

There Are Only Two Religions in the Whole World, by John Reisinger.

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In His Grace,

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