WHAT PART IS FREE?
Free to make everyday mundane temporal decisions?
Free to make eternal godly spiritual decisions?
Free to countermand the will of one's master, the strongman?
Free to love that which it hates?
Free to sin?
have proven the biblical principle that the will is subject
to its master, the heart. The heart, in turn, is subject to
reflect the wants, desires and lusts of its father. If, as the
Bible teaches, all men are born under the rule of Satan, the
god and ruler of this world, who deceives the whole world, then
men are born with hearts akin to that of Satan, their carnal
father. Their hearts are at enmity with God, enslaved to sin
and Satan. (John 8:34-38). These things being so, how is it
then that the Romanists and Arminians teach the doctrine of
allege it to be free by proclaiming their favorite non-biblical
proverb, 'God did not make men puppets' to perform His every
whim. Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel empire, is
a prime example of one with much power and authority who preaches
this perverted doctrine. Hank Hanegraaff, another Arminian of
equal influence, teaches "God is not a Cosmic Rapist"
who would force men to love him. We ask the reader to take note
that the authors of this present treatise do not deny men have
the free will to make non-spiritual, non-salvific choices, e.g.,
what to eat, where to eat, when to eat, etc., etc. In this the
Arminians are correct. As long as sin is not involved in these
choices, it is of little or no consequence to our discussion.
But their arguments are ill-founded. The Westminster divines
have brilliantly shown Christians the two areas in which we
are to focus this debate. In rereading the opening statement
of this article, you will find contained therein the words,
spiritual and salvation. Christians
endeavoring to sort out this issue must stay within the spiritual
realm because it is a spiritual issue. We must also distinguish
between the unregenerate and regenerate man. The unregenerate
man is free to sin, whereas the regenerate man is free not to sin.
of Unregenerate Man
Further proofs he is free to sin
& opposed to God
Lord states the natural, carnal mans condition in no uncertain
terms. Arminians, however, view themselves otherwise. Those
who champion freedom of the will have no biblical basis, as
we shall now prove.
We are slaves to sin,
Romans 6:16,17; John 8:34.
We are blind, unable
to perceive the kingdom of God, John 3:3.
We are deaf, unable
to hear the Word of God, Mark 8:18.
We are without strength,
We are deceived by Satan,
We are held captive
at Satans will, 2 Timothy 2:26.
prior to regeneration, we were enemies of God, (Romans 5:10).
We did not work the
works of God, but of Satan, (Gal.5:19-21; Eph.2:2). Nor had
we the power to bind the strongman, Satan, who was our master
from birth, (Matt.12:29).
NOT FORGET - Man is Spiritually Dead
of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not
eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof
thou shalt surely die." (Gen. 2:17).
"And you hath he quickened who
were dead in trespasses and sins."
fanciful picture often painted by Arminians is one of a man
drowning in the sea of sin. He is floundering helplessly in
this sea. Unless he comes to Christ, he will surely die. Christ,
by His death and resurrection, has thrown out a life preserver
to the sinner, they claim, - indeed, to all mankind. Now you
must grab it! Take hold of Jesus now and be saved!
are many problems with this scenario, not the least of which
is the false premise that mankind is floating
in the sea of sin. Scripture proclaims that unregenerate man
is not floating, but rather is lying dead at the bottom of this
great sea. He is completely dead, unable to move, see, hear,
or think rightly, while in a state of total darkness. He is
both unable and unwilling to do anything to improve his
miserable state, (Matt. 23:37). Had Christ not died for His
elect, by His own will, (Eph.1:5), reaching down to us in love,
mercy and compassion, causing us to live by His resurrecting,
quickening Spirit, we would have surely perished, (Romans 8:11;
Phil. 3:10; Col. 2:13). For none understand, nor do they seek
the true God, (Romans 3:11).
THE GOOD NEWS:
Christ is our Deliverer, giving
us true freedom by becoming our new Master
Scriptures proclaim Christ as the deliverer of His people, Luke
4:18-21. Strong's Concordance
defines the term 'deliver' as, to
rescue or release. If Christ then has rescued and released
us, it stands to reason that as unregenerate souls we were in
grave danger from
something, while at the same time enslaved to
something. Consider this truth: natural man is enslaved to that
which he is in great danger. It can't get worse than that!
typifies Christ as the deliverer who led God's people out of
bondage. Had not God intervened, the Israelites would have remained
in that hopeless condition. This Old Testament picture of the
once born man is a type or shadow of the hard reality facing
unregenerate man as presented in the New Testament. The Israelites
were bound physically as slaves. They knew not how to more perfectly
worship the living God, nor could they in their enslaved condition.
But the NT picture of man is far worse than the physical plight
of the Israelites. Man's slavery is total, complete. When speaking
of salvation, which is obviously a spiritual issue, Scripture
does not allow for any freedom in man's will, as we have proven
above. Instead, it teaches the freedom of God's will.
GOD'S FREE WILL DOES THE CHOOSING
IN MATTERS OF SALVATION
have not chosen me, but I have chosen you [for salvation]
be called, but few chosen." (Matt.20:16).
know whom I have chosen." (John 13:18).
he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."
so then at this present time also there is a remnant according
to the election of grace." (Romans 11:5).
predestined us unto the adoption of children by Christ Jesus
to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will."
by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God." (Eph. 2:8).
art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for
thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are
and were created."
Christ regenerates our hearts through the Holy Spirit, He says,
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you
free. He does not exclude the bondage of our will in our
new found emancipation.
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