Does The Bible Teach on Free will?

free willI 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

Our Free Will Does Not Save Us Part 2

Free Will Does Not Save UsGod’s Election, in Christianity,   involves God choosing a particular person or group of people to a particular task or relationship, especially eternal life. Election to eternal life is viewed by some as conditional on a person’s faith, and by others as unconditional. In other words, our free will does not save us.

 

In Part 1 of this post, there were a series of difficult questions concerning God’s program of election. It is understandable people can have an emotionally painful reaction to learning of God’s sovereignty in salvation so let’s attempt to offer some perspective from Scripture. Continue reading

Do We Have Free Will When It Comes To Salvation?

Free Will When It Comes To SalvationDisruption is the Lord’s favorite tactic for growing us spiritually as we wrestle with God.  Which leads to the question. Do we have free will when it comes to salvation?

God often does His best work in us by pulling the rug out from under us, theologically speaking. Just when we begin to feel secure and confident standing on our preconceived ideas about God and His program, the Lord will bring us someone or something to intrude upon our blissful ignorance and disrupt our thinking. The effect can be disorienting and even painful.  Free Will When It Comes To Salvation? Continue reading