The main point of Calvinism I really can’t accept is the position that God, before the foundation of the world, set apart a great number of people, individually, fore-ordaining that He would allow none of these people the opportunity to come to faith in Christ and therefore be saved.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, (Colossians 1:13)
There are two kingdoms; the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light. Each of us are, or will be, in one or the other of them. There is no middle ground. There is a line separating them, as it were, a line in the sand. Now, it’s not up to us, as some might picture it, to step across that line from one kingdom into the other by making a decision or by saying a prayer. We can’t. God Himself, and He alone, pulls us across that line. We cannot, nor could we possibly ever, step across it on our own.
But I believe that God calls us, from His side of the line, to approach it. He calls us to come toward Him. Without His call we would not, in our depraved state, even know it was there. But I believe God has given everyone a sense of His existence and presence. I believe that Romans 1, Psalm 19 and Acts 17 indicate this. The only way we can have that sense is because He gave it to us. That is His call. And I believe that if He can make a spiritually dead person alive, He can also cause a spiritually dead person to be aware of Him and turn towards Him and seek Him.
In the OT, God commanded Moses to lift up a bronze serpent on a pole and decreed that all who looked to it would be saved. This is a direct picture of faith in Christ. Those who turn in faith to Christ will be saved. Those who don’t, won’t. That I believe is the sovereign choice referred to in Romans 9.
This snake would have been visible to all. All would have at least seen it, noticed it. But only those who followed God’s command to turn to it and look to it for healing would be saved. There would have been those who noticed it (it would have been hard not to) but turned away and perished as a result.
Yes, we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone and not by our works, but I believe there is a difference between a work and a response.
God has promised that all who seek will find. Our seeking is our approaching that line in the sand in response to His call. And God Himself, in His own time and at His sole prerogative, brings those who will be His children into His kingdom, making them brand new people, filling them with His Holy Spirit, and giving them eternal life to be with Him forever.
That is what I believe.