ARMINIANISM AND CALVINISM – THE RADICAL DIFFERENCE
The radical difference between Arminianism and Calvinism is that the system of the former revolves about the CREATURE, whereas the system of the latter has the CREATOR for its centre of orbit. The Arminian allots to MAN the first place, the Calvinist gives GOD that position of honor.
Thus the Arminian begins his discussion of salvation with justification, for the sinner must believe before he can be forgiven; further back he will not go, for he is unwilling that man should be made nothing of.
But the instructed Calvinist begins with election, descends to regeneration, and then shows that being born again (by the sovereign act of God, in which the creature has no part) the sinner is made capable of savingly believing the Gospel.
[A.W. Pink – ‘Salvation from the pleasure of sin’]
And incidentally whatever gives God ALL the glory, THAT is what is right!
“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake”! [Psalm 115:1]