PART 1: Introduction
PART 2: Defining The Will
PART 3: Dividing The Will
PART 4: Denying The Will
PART 5: Displaying Free Will




Believing in free will is a symptom of man's sin nature


            That free will is found in the Bible as the Papists and Arminians propound: we deny. Firstly, the words free will are not found in the Bible, though they are preached and shouted amongst the people today as if it were Gospel truth. "No matter," say the pundits, "neither is the word Trinity found in the Bible." While that statement may be true, it proves nothing because the doctrine of the Trinity is found in the Bible. All true Christians attest this truth. They agree that God is revealed in three persons. He is the Triune God. In other words, there is abundant scriptural evidence that God is three distinct persons in one divine essence. But where in the Scriptures does God teach the doctrine that our unregenerate wills are truly free to love and serve Him? Does not Scripture teach that man's freedom to choose ended in the Garden? Is not man now 'free' to sin?

Secondly, unregenerate man has no small difficulty approaching God on His terms. Man refuses to see his own depraved condition or his disdain for holiness as taught in Scripture. This is the root of the Arminian heresy.  "God would never make us puppets or automatons," they say. This analogy they deduce from their own imaginations. God never states we are His puppets. Instead, He declares His sovereignty. He is the Potter, not the Puppeteer. We are the clay, not His puppets. Puppets are not made into the likeness and image of God, as are human beings. Puppets have an excuse for their unbelief. They have neither a heart, a will, a mind, an intellect, or a sinful disposition. Neither will they be judged on the Day of the Lord. Human beings, however, are without excuse for their unbelief. They will be judged as fully responsible for their words, thoughts and actions on that Great Day.

Thirdly, Arminians twist Scripture to suit their theology, inserting their own ideas as they attempt to exegete the Word. They erect the idol of free will in their sacred sanctuary apart from the commandment of God. The 'Puppet Theory' is one such example. To further insure the credibility of their twisted theology, some Arminians go so far as to misquote Scripture to prove their errant doctrines. On May 28th 1999, Chuck Smith was fielding questions on ‘The To Every Man an Answer’ radio show. Chuck taught, among other lies, that ‘God’s irresistible grace was an extreme position that eliminates choice and free will.’ He then misquoted John 3:16 by inserting the word will:

‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever will believe on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ [1]

Please check any Bible, as well as the original Greek, to confirm this error which is publicly and proudly taught by one of today's leading pastor/teachers. [2] How, exactly, an unbeliever comes to believe on Christ is not discussed in John 3:16. Fourthly, the false doctrine of free will denies the regenerating work of the Spirit beforehand. Arminians credit themselves with cooperating with the Spirit of grace. They refuse to believe the testimony of Scripture to the contrary.

Protestant Reformation Publications believes it is inherent in man’s fallen nature to believe in and defend vigorously his so-called free will. We do not restrict this treatise to Roman Catholics, as well as professing Arminian Evangelicals of all denominations, but include the cults, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, 7th Day Adventists, etc., etc., who all preach and teach this heresy. Additionally, it is a common doctrine of pagans to believe their wills are free, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that this errant teaching is universal, and indeed, proof of every man’s fallen nature. We ask, Is there a false doctrine that more appropriately fits Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death"?

The Free Willers will not worship God unless they pass through the sanctuary in which they have erected their idol of free will. Satisfied that it stands, then, and only then, will they worship Him. But dare to tear down that false idol…. they will not have it! They will not have the sovereign God who made them. In debating many Arminians over this question, the authors of this paper have discovered their uniform response to the biblical doctrine of God's sovereignty in salvation: they could not and would not believe in a God who does not give man the free will to either choose Him or reject Him. Nor could they worship One who predestines His people to Heaven, while passing by those others whose just end is Hell. The scriptural authorities substantiating our assertions fall on their deaf ears. They insist on worshipping a god of their own creation, not the God depicted in the Bible. They do not discern that their god is no God.

[1] To hear this on Real Audio, go to http://calvarychapel.com/tema/audio/19990528.ram

  ……17 minutes into the program.

[2] A side note: Chuck is a true Arminian. He publicly states that one can lose his salvation by falling from grace.

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