The following is a response to a question in one of my Bible classes. You may well figure out that I am the odd man out as a Calvinist, however I cannot with good conscience be intellectually dishonest.
Jesus Christ IS the savior of the World. He is the visible image of the invisible God (Col 1:15). He is the the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). The scriptures tell us that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Rom 14:11). The problem I have is with the term “accepting” Christ, which I would argue is not biblically sound and in fact would say it’s Jesus that accepts us, with us having nothing to do with salvation.
When one believes that Jesus Christ is Lord, that is when that person is saved. The root of the question is, what is belief and how is it activated? We are told through scripture that the very faith we need to believe in Christ is given by God. (Romans 12:3) We see men and women in scripture who met Jesus face to face, saw Him die on the cross, yet they didn’t believe. Do we blame the person for not “turning on their belief” or do we start to see that belief is acknowledging something we already know deep in the recesses of our being?
To claim we have a God who is sovereign, yet limits His own sovereignty with no biblical support actually makes man the more sovereign over his own salvation and makes God incapable.