Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Where does the Bible say man has a free will? It doesn't.
Where does the doctrine of Free Will come from? You will not find one single verse in the Bible that states man has a Free Will. If Free Will is not taught in the Bible where did this doctrine come from? Is it based on man's opinion rather than the opinion of God?
Does not the Bible teach that the will of man is "controlled" by a sinful nature? Does not the Bible say we are "servants" to sin? Simply meaning (without Christ) we are slaves to an inherited sinful nature. There's nothing free about the fact we are controlled by a propensity to sin. The human will is controlled by sin. Period. A sinful man cannot not just simply choose to do right and God therefore will consider him right. A sinful man will choose wrongdoing in the simple rejection of Christ. Rejection alone causes man to miss God. If man missed God and missed redemption of the human soul are not his will, choices, and decisions based on self righteousness?
If you look at man and compare him to what the Bible says he really is, you will find that man cannot make "righteous choices" and be right in the eyes of God...without having righteousness by Grace in his heart. Read Romans 3:10-20 which is the greatest indictment against fallen man in the Bible. None that doeth good. None righteous, no not one! David stated that a human being was conceived in sin. David also said that a baby goes astray from the womb...speaking lies. A child doesn't necessarily tell lies because he or she heard lies from it's parents; a child tells lies because in their nature and make-up they are compelled to lie. Moses said in Genesis that the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. Children without Christ that grow up making choices...make choices without Christ. Children that find Christ in their hearts will make Christ like choices.
The Bible teaches the ways of man are right in his own eyes...but the ways of man are not necessarily right in the eyes of God. What gives an unsaved man the right to think his decisions or choices are godly. This is where people miss it. People think they can choose right; decide right: do acts of right (in their own eyes) or good deeds and God will bless them for it. The problem with this is that people leave out Christ and His Saving Grace. They miss God-given righteousness. They miss Salvation of the human soul. They are servants of unrighteousness. Rom 6:13...Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness
Human choices (within an unsaved man) are not and cannot be Godly choices that look for favor from God. Man cannot choose to do right and claim its right without God given righteousness that comes from the new birth. What I'm saying is, "The will of man is tainted and polluted with sin and is not free to choose and decide righteousness". Therefore the choices and decisions of man are likewise tainted and polluted with sin. The mind is darkened by the unclean heart. This is based on Bible doctrine not the opinions of men or tradition.
The Bible teaches there is no freedom to choose right unless its choosing Christ as Savior and Redeemer. Does not the Holy Spirit melt fallen man just enough to break the will of man from a self righteous position? Get out of the way (you self centered man) as you may be your own worst enemy! Human choices will get you into self sufficiency and cause you to miss the sufficiency of God. Godly choices will get you to the power of God's saving Grace. Do you believe God can break the human will? Yes. The human will has to be broken to get fallen man to Christ. The will has to be "broken" by God to recieve right. Your choices and decisions without Christ, what did they get you from God? Nothing.
Before Christ...Did you find favor with God because you chose to quit committing adultery? Did you find favor with God because you chose to quit drinking alcohol, or lying, stealing, or cheating? Perhaps you could turn your will from wrong to right on your own accord? Perhaps it was 50-50. Not so my brethren. Granted, Adam had the power to chose right or wrong (at creation)...but since the days of Adam man has been born with a fallen nature. Cursed from the fall of Adam. Born a sinner. Without hope. Helpless without Christ. The mind, will, and body...controlled by sin...not free to chose or do right. The human will is not by any means free, but controlled or "under" sin. God's Word will confirm this truth in Romans 3:10...all are under sin. Under the control of sin...
Aren't you glad Christ can break the will of man enough to cause him to turn from sin and disobedience...or repent. I am! Glory! Christ changes things! He leads men to repentance. He changes the heart and soul which govern the way a man chooses and decides. His power and presence causes us to make right choices not wrong choices. The will of a Christian is in harmony with the will of God! God's Grace sways the way a man chooses and decides. Godly choices. Godly decisions. Why? Sin doesn't live here anymore. I'm free after Christ frees me. I've been redeemed! Glory!
Here's more Biblical evidence about how man's will is controlled by sin and not "free" as many people say and think.
Genesis 3: 15...The fall...in the garden of the Eden (The original sin)
Genesis 6: 5...the imagination of the thoughts of his heart was evil continually,
Genesis 8: 21...the imagination man's heart was evil from his youth.
Psalms 51: 5...in sin my mother conceived me, (born in sin)
Psalms 58: 3...the wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born speaking lies.
Jeremiah 17: 9...heart is deceitful
Ecclesiastes 9: 3..the heart of the sons of men is full of evil.
Isaiah 55:8...For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are my ways your ways, says the Lord.
John 7:7...the world hates me because I testified to it that its works are evil.
John 3:19...and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3: 20...for everyone that does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, for fear that his deeds should be exposed.
Romans 5: 19...for by one man's disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners.
Romans 5: 21...sin reigned in death, (the sinful nature)
Romans 7: 5...when we were in sin
Romans 7: 9, 10...I was alive once without the law but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Ephesians 2:3...we had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind: and were by nature to children of wrath.
Examine this document closely and be blessed by the truth of God's Word and not tradition or human opinion! It will take you to Christ and get you away from debates.