Phil's recent (terrific) interchange with an Arminian brought this to mind. I've often thought it, but not quite sharpened it up this much.
Is this not the Biblical (which is to say, Calvinist) position?
- If an elect person were finally and actually to leave Christ, he would be damned; and...
- If a reprobate (non-elect) person were vitally to exercise repentant faith in Christ, he would be saved.
- However, neither can do either; which is to say:
- If any professor finally leaves Christ, he was never elect; and...
- If any denier exercises repentant faith in Christ, he is not reprobate.
But not quite briefly enough for a "Next!"
(Actually and seriously, I guess I could have made 2-5 "Next!"s out of it.)