I know the Bible teaches God is sovereign in the salvation of humanity, but where do free will teachers find Biblical support for their views?
“Free will” theology is the view that faith in the Gospel is a matter of personal choice unrelated to the work of God in the heart. It believes that nothing is required to cause faith in the Gospel other than a person’s choice to believe.
This is not the teaching of the Bible. Apart from Adam and Woman (and Christ), no human being has been born with a truly free will. On the contrary, Paul says all men since Adam are born enslaved to sin and cannot choose nor please God by their fallen nature. At the moment the Lord acts to bring faith, the person is born again by the Spirit and is made a slave to Christ.
Our prideful nature assumes (and prefers to believe) that we played a part, however small, in our own salvation. We point to our decision to believe in the Gospel as the moment we “chose” Christ, yet the Bible says plainly that He chose us: Continue reading