Hand in Hand, the Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice by Randy Alcorn

There is perhaps no more controversial subject within Christianity than that of divine sovereignty and human choices.  How can God truly control all things but let people be able to make meaningful decisions for which they are responsible?  As this subject bleeds over into soteriology it leads to the great Calvinistic/Arminian divide.  Calvinists, on the one hand, based on their understanding of total depravity, see the necessity for unconditional election and irresistible grace.  Arminians, conversely, view total depravity differently and believe God elects on the basis of His foreknowledge of human choices.  Grace is not irresistible, so says the Arminian, it is prevenient; that is, all people are given enough grace to make free will choices for or against salvation (pp. 14, 132).  Alcorn has lived on both sides of these debates, having been saved and nurtured for ten years in a biblically-sound Arminian church.  Eventually he moved into the…