"The Doctrine of Irresistible Grace" [1|2], "Effectual Calling"  or "Efficacious Grace" 
Proof-Texts and Cross-References
Deut. 30v6 ; 1 Kgs 19v9-14 ; Ps. 29v3-11 , 65v4 , 110v3 [16|17]; SoS 1v4 , 5v2 ; Jer. 31v3 ; Ezek. 36v26-27 ; Mt. 22v14 ; Lk. 19v5 ; Jn. 1v13, 3v8 , 5v25 , 6v37-40 [5|16], v44-45 , v65 , 11v1-57 , 12v1-11 , v44-45 [5|14], v65 ; Acts 5v31, 16v14 [7|8], 26v18 ; Rom. 8v28-30 [5|17], 9v16 , 11v7 ; 1 Cor. 2v14 ; Eph. 1v10-11 , v17-18 , 2v1-8 ; 2 Thess. 2v13-14 ; 2 Tim. 1v9 ; 1 Pt. 1v3 
"Irresistible Grace is the historical Christian belief, that God, in His own time, effectually and irresistibly draws His Elect to salvation, by overcoming their resistance through the influence of the Holy Spirit"
THE BELIEF THAT GOD IRRESISTIBLY DRAWS HIS ELECT TO HIM, WILLINGLY, BY A POWERFUL IMPULSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
In the words of Augustine of Hippo (354–430):
"If a man is drawn, says an objector, he comes against his will. But we answer if he comes unwillingly, he does not believe; if he does not believe, he does not come. For we do not run to Christ on our feet, but by faith; not with the movement of the body, but with the free will of the heart ... Think not that you are drawn against your will; the mind can be drawn by love." 
In the words of Martin Luther (1483-1546):
"The drawing is not like that of the executioner, who draws the thief up the ladder of the gallows; but it is a gracious allurement, such as that of the man whom everybody loves, and to whom everybody willingly goes." 
In the words of John Calvin (1509-1564) HIMSELF:
"... it is not violent, so as to compel men by external force; but still it is a powerful impulse of the Holy Spirit, which makes men willing who formerly were unwilling and reluctant, ..." [9|10]
In his commentary on Jeremiah Chapter 31 Verse 3, Matthew Henry (1662-1714) confirms:
"To this He answers with an assurance of the constancy of His love: Yea, I have loved thee, not only with an ancient love, but with an everlasting love, a love that shall never fail, however the comforts of it may for a time be suspended. It is an everlasting love; therefore have I extended or drawn out lovingkindness unto thee also, as well as to thy ancestors, or, with lovingkindness have I drawn thee to myself as thy God, from all the idols to which thou hadst turned aside. Note, It is the happiness of those who are through grace interested in the love of God that it is an everlasting love (from everlasting in the counsels of it, to everlasting in the continuance and consequences of it), and that nothing can separate them from that love. Those whom God loves with this love He will draw into covenant and communion with himself, by the influences of his Spirit upon their souls; He will draw them with lovingkindness, with the cords of a man and bands of love, than which no attractive can be more powerful." 
In the words of John Gill (1697-1771):
"... this act of drawing is an act of power, yet not of force; God in drawing of unwilling, makes willing in the day of His power: He enlightens the understanding, bends the will, gives an heart of flesh, sweetly allures by the power of His grace, and engages the soul to come to Christ, and give up itself to Him; He draws with the bands of love. Drawing, though it supposes power and influence, yet not always coaction and force: music draws the ear, love the heart, and pleasure the mind." [9|11]
In the words of R.C. Sproul (1939-):
"The key word here is draw. What does it mean for the Father to draw people to Christ? I have often heard this text explained to mean that the Father must woo or entice men to Christ. Unless this wooing takes place, no man will come to Christ. However, man has the ability to resist this wooing and to refuse the enticement. The wooing, though it is necessary, is not compelling. In philosophical language that would mean that the drawing of God is necessary condition but no a sufficient condition to bring men to Christ. In simpler language it means that we cannot come to Christ without the wooing, but the wooing does not guarantee that we will, in fact, come to Christ. I am persuaded that the above explanation which is so widespread, is incorrect. It does violence to the text of Scripture, particularly to the biblical meaning of the word draw. The Greek word used here is 'elko'. Kittel's Theological Dictionary of the New Testament defines it to mean to compel by irresistible superiority. Linguistically and lexicographically, the word means 'to compel.' To compel is a much more forceful concept than to woo. To see this more clearly, let us look for a moment at two other passages in the New Testament where the same Greek word is used. In James 2:6 we read: 'But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?' Guess which word in this passage is the same Greek word that elsewhere is translated by the English word draw. It is the word drag. Let us now substitute the word woo in the text. It would then read: 'Do not the rich oppress you and woo you into the courts?' The same word occurs in Acts 16:19. 'But when her masters was that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.' Again, try substituting the word woo for the word drag. Paul and Silas were not seized and then wooed into the marketplace." [12|13]
God never forces anyone
➢ One. That is not the primary premise of Irresistible Grace. The primary premise of Irresistible Grace is it's irresistibleness. God making salvation so attractive that it becomes irresistible.
➢ Two. God does 'force' people to accomplish His will.
- He certainly 'forced' Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.
- He certainly 'forced' Lot and his family from Sodom, even employing angels to drag them out of there.
- He certainly 'forced' Jonah towards Nineveh, even employing superstition, a lottery and a big fish to get him there.
- He certainly 'forced' Saul into conversion, even employing the miraculous and blindness to knock him off his high horse.
Irresistible Grace is wrong
For a response to Kerrigan Skelly, please see my reply to "Irresistible Grace Is Wrong".
➢ R.C. Sproul (1939-) [5|12|13]
➢ Wayne A. Grudem (1948-)  - American Theologian, Author and Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary - defended the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace in his book "Systematic Theology" [7|8].
➢ Don Fortner - American Theologian, Blogger and Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Danville, Kentucky, USA - defended the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace in a series of essays, including "Lazarus Raised — Irresistible Grace"  and "The Doctrines of Grace" .
Prof. Dr. Martin Luther (1483-1546) | Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) | Dr. John Piper (1946-)  | James R. White (1962-) | EJ Hill (1977-) | Frank Beck | George Swinnock | John Gill (1697-1771)  | John Murray | Ken Silva  | Matt Slick  | Perry Miller 
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1. John Piper. Irresistible Grace (YouTube; 27 April 2009)
2. Irresistible Grace (YouTube; 25 January 2009)
3. Ken Silva. Beliefs (Apprising Ministries; 28 September 2010)
4. Matt Slick. What I believe (Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry; 14 October 2010)
5. Irresistible Grace (Wikipedia; 13 January 2013)
6. Matthew Henry. Commentary on Jeremiah 31:3 (Blue Letter Bible; 19 Januaty 2013)
7. Effectual Calling (Wikipedia; 21 January 2013)
8. Wayne Grudem. Systematic Theology. p. 693.
9. Irresistible Grace (Wikipedia; 14 January 2013)
10. John Calvin. Commentary on John: 6:41-45. ✔
11. John Gill. John Gill's Exposition of the Bible: John 6:44 ✔
12. Galyn Wiemers. Examining John 6:44 (Bible Teaching from Generation Word; 1 August 2009)
13. R.C. Sproul. Chosen by God. ✔
14. EJ Hill. John Chapter 6 Verse 44 (Hillside; 21 January 2013) ✔
15. Don Fortner. Lazarus Raised — Irresistible Grace (DonFortner.com; 21 August 2013)
16. Don Fortner. The Doctrines of Grace (For the Love of His Truth; 11 June 2013)
17. Jeremy Hull. John Calvin Started Calvinism (Sovereign Grace Apologetics; 2 April 2012)
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