their teaching of prevenient Grace, which is no grace at all that saves, and proves they believe mans will reigns supreme over Gods will.
No!That is the spin Calvinists out on the theology he taught. In Arminius man's will does not ever "reign supreme over God's will". That is a persuasive lie the Calvinists argue to make their heresy appear to be true. Arminius taught that it is God's sovereign predetermined will that man must cooperate or choose if you will once he has (by God's grace) heard the truth and God (again by grace) has given the option to man.
And they DO teach man is in bondage to sin...they DO teach depravity, just not TOTAL (as in absolute incapablility)...
Semi Pelegianism stems from the heresy of Pelegianism
No it does not. The falsely accusatory term was made up by the Reformed theologians. The theology CALLED semi-Pelegianism (by Calvinists and now reformed) is the exact same doctrine taught by the Apostles (who were taught by Christ Himself) to their immediate disciples who taught it to their's that remained in the Church (all of them, wherever they were founded by which ever Apostle or Disciple) all the way up to when theologians began twisting the argument of Augustine. Therefore the correct term is the "historic orthodox" view, for it was long believed centuries before Pelegius was even born.
Salvation is not only for the “elect”, or “chosen people” made for that purpose but was OFFERED to everyone (whosoever will may come). But those that get saved and come to salvation were foreknown by God (foreknowing does not CAUSE) but that is because they responded to Him. God “will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Furthermore, “in every nation he that fears Him, and works righteousness, is accepted with Him” (Acts 10:35). Christ said: “I… will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32). He “died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again…” (2 Corinthians 5:15). From Christ the Apostles “have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations…” (Romans 1:5). With the Apostles “we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe” (1 Timothy 4:10).
For example, Calvin would go to Ephesians 1 and appear to be quite persuasive, but unbeknownst to most hearers of this beguilement process, Calvin (perhaps intentionally, perhaps in ignorance being convinced in his own error) would not complete the contextual discussion and avoided the summary/conclusion of Paul in verses 13 and 14 (and his followers still play out this apologetic strategy to this day). The summation makes it clear what Paul had been saying....after you heard the gospel of truth you (that is the saved) believed and trusted (first the hearing then the believing and trusting) and THEN those who believed and trusted were sealed with the Holy Spirit (not already so as to enable them to do this).
Even Reformed influenced translations like the NIV make this somewhat clear...it says "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Apparently faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word!
The Greek Majority text would translate "That we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of his glory. In whom you also trusted after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise..."
The point being that when God made His intent known some believed and trusted (though still unable to not sin) and these He sealed by giving them the Holy Spirit (thus the regeneration or being born from above...hence becoming His children; the elect, following their acceptance of Christ as their only hope).
We see this sequence: God initiating, man initially responding, and God saving or casting out (for some will reject Him and the knowledge of Him and insist on dong what is right in their own eyes)...Now it is ALWAYS God who chooses to save (for God owes no man anything we all having sinned) but in this, because He let's man know of the consequence, man is without excuse (unable to say "I could not help it, it was God;s fault for making me to reject Him. He made me to sin the sins I will continue in and I am unable to resist sinning")....
So you see...even in this people cannot come to God without the grace of God...only just as they can fall before Him in fear and contrition they are totally able to resist the move of the Spirit on their behalf.
Thus the original teaching always accepted was that man is depraved and WILL sin, but without the TOTAL (as in absolute incapability)....I will show you the other half of Augustine's teaching (and I only go there because that is the basis of the Calvinist distortion) in the next post...just read it and believe what you will (after all according to you whatever you believe God made you do it)....