The Calvinist says that he is wicked and utterly depraved. If his salvation were up to him he would never attain it, let alone persevere in it.
The Arminian says he is desperately sick, but not altogether dead in sin. He has "a goodness" deep down--a power to the contrary, so to speak, whereby he can reach up and grab hold of Christ in faith. Yet by his sin he can can let go of God and fall from his state of salvation.
Interesting how the Calvinist has the stronger view of sin, yet is the one who believes that sin cannot separate him from the love of God in Christ.
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