Romans 3:11

Romans 3:10-12 (see also Isaiah 53:6)
As it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one.”

Isaiah 53:6:All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.

However, when God makes Himself near to us, then He does expect us to seek Him:

Matthew 7:7-8: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Acts 17:24-31: The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.

One Calvinist comments on Romans 3:11: The verse is so plain about the natural state of fallen man. He even not seeking God, and that’s why he needs a regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. John 3. And for her heart to be opened by God. Acts 16:14 in order to take heed on the Gospel of Christ and have faith and repent. The Bible is very clear.

Solution #1: Calvinists consider only one option: Irresistible Grace. Man is so far gone that not even God can reach him, except by Irresistible Grace. The problem is that: (1) God is not that weak where His hands are tied and must resort to Irresistible Grace, (2) God doesn’t think in terms of there even being such a thing as an Irresistible Grace, such as evident from Isaiah 5:1-7, and (3) no apostle ever at any time wrote about Irresistible Grace, or wrote about a necessary preemptive Regeneration that must precede faith and repentance.

Solution #2: Besides theoretical Irresistible Grace, another possible remedy is God’s Prevenient Grace, whereby the Holy Spirit convicts and goads, while Jesus seeks and knocks, and which is through the Gospel, by which, a man receives faith, as per Romans 10:17. So both Calvinists and Arminians agree that God intervenes. The difference is how God intervenes, and Calvinists act like there is only one possibility, and their one possibility is totally foreign to Scripture. The real answer is that God takes the initiative and presents a well-meant offer of the Gospel, and when people accept His offer, then God gives them the Holy Spirit. An excellent example of the order of operations is Ephesians 1:13-14: “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” This reinforces exactly what Arminians are saying. God seeks. God invites. God calls. Man hears. When man responds to God’s intervention, then (and only then) do they receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which accompanies regeneration. Regeneration is a “spiritual blessing,” and spiritual blessings are exclusive to *only* Christians, as per Ephesians 1:3.














































Romans 3:11-12:There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one.

Romans 3:23:For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Isaiah 53:6:All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.

So the 5-Point Calvinist will agree that with each of these universal terms, but only until we arrive at the part about whose iniquity has fallen on the Messiah? The iniquity of us “all has fallen on Christ. Jesus loves you. Jesus died for you. Whosoever will may call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. (Romans 10:13) Jesus knocks on the door of our heart. We do not seek after Him out to knock on the door of His heart. Again, man does not seek Jesus, so Jesus must seek man. Jesus states: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)

Adrian Rogers comments: “In evangelism today, sometimes we hear about seeker sensitive services. Now they say to preachers today, ‘Now if you want to build a church, all these people who come who are seeking God, you be sensitive to them.’ Well, humanity is not seeking God. Do you know who the seeker is? His name is Jesus. Luke 19:10 says the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which is lost. Isn’t that great? So you know we need to be sensitive to the seeker, but we need to be sensitive to the seeker which is the Holy Spirit, and not sensitive to the sinner who couldn’t give a hoot, because we are dependent upon the Holy Spirit to convict him. And that’s the reason we have to pray and soak all that we do in prayer, because there is none that seek after God. No, not one.” (God vs. Humanity: Rom. 3:9-10)

So the irony of the “Seeker Sensitive” movement is that the real Seeker is Jesus. Now the point of debate relative to Calvinism and Arminianism is whether the Seeker seeks with Irresistible Grace or Prevenient Grace. Irresistible Grace requires that one become preemptively placed in Christ, prior to being sealed in Christ, as per Ephesians 1:13, and that’s a tough sell for Calvinists to try to make.

Ask the Calvinist:  At Romans 3:11, who does it say that seeks for God?

  • The Calvinist will correctly answer no one.

Ask the Calvinist:  Do you mean no one of the elect, or literally no one at all?

  • The Calvinist will correctly answer no one at all.

Ask the Calvinist:  At Romans 3:12, who does it say that have turned aside?

  • The Calvinist will correctly answer all.

Ask the Calvinist:  Do you mean all of the elect, or literally all?

  • The Calvinist will correctly answer, literally all.

Ask the Calvinist:  For whom did Jesus die?

  • The 5-Point Calvinist will insist that the answer is “the elect.

Now have the Calvinist turn to Isaiah 53:6: All of us like sheep have gone astray (who?), each of us has turned to his own way (who?, Romans 3:12); but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all (who?) to fall on Him.

Ask the 5-Point Calvinist:  Given that there is literally no one who seeks after God, and that literally “all we like sheep have turned aside, and that literally each of us has turned to his own way, whose iniquity has fallen on Christ?

  • The 5-Point Calvinist will incorrectly answer the elect.

The 5-Point Calvinist had agreed every step of the way through Romans 3:10-12 with universal terms until we got to the part about for whom Jesus died, as referenced from Isaiah 53:6. Literally no one seeks after God, literally all we like sheep have turned away, but somehow not literally all whose iniquity has fallen on Christ.