July 03, 2004

If Free Will Is True.... by Todd Nibert

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

The belief that most people hold to is that God loves everybody and wants to save everybody. But He has given man a free will, and cannot save a man unless that man, of his own free will, decides to let God save him. If that is true....

. The Scriptures are mistaken when they describe man as dead in sins.
. God is not sovereign. His will is subject to man's will.
. Praying to God for the salvation of sinners is a mistake. We should be praying to men to use their will to let God save them.
. Salvation is not dependent upon God, but man.
. Man gets a portion of the credit in salvation.
. Salvation cannot be said to be 100% grace. Man's will is the key that unlocks the grace of God. Grace cannot work unless man turns the key.
. God's will has no say in the ultimate destiny of the sinner. In reality, God's will is meaningless in the salvation of the sinner. The will of man controls his own destiny.
. The death of Christ was at best a gamble, dependent upon the will of man, and in reality a failure, because many He died for are lost anyway.
. The security of the believer hinges on his own will.

Thank God, free will is not true! "It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy." (Romans 9:16). The believer prefers Free Grace over free will.