"An Inside Perspective"

June 2003


My Dear Family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

“The Myth Of Unsaved Man’s Freewill”

What is the will? In short, it is “the mind choosing.” The faculty of the will, is that faculty, power, or principle of mind, by which it, the mind, is capable of choosing. The actual act of the will choosing is called volition.

What constitutes a will being free, is that it would be able to make voluntary decisions, free from any external influence, coercion or constraint. In that case, God and God alone, has a true freewill. No thinking Christian would deny the Biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God, meaning that God alone and at all times, has absolute authority, power, and therefore control over all things. We are all familiar with the story of how God brought about good, out of Joseph’s brother’s free, responsible, moral choices for bad. It is written, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good…”

Man’s will and his nature are inseparably linked. His desires flow from his nature. A man never wills anything contrary to his desires nor does he desire anything contrary to his will. Thus, the volition (act of choosing) and the desire are bound by the nature. Our desire equals our strongest motive at the time of our choice.. We will choose nothing contrary to our nature because we desire nothing contrary to it. Thus, before we can choose Christ, we must first have a “desire” for Christ.

In “the fall,” man lost all desire for God. He lost his freedom endowed in the garden to know and walk with God; his nature was changed by sin from holy to evil. Man cannot will that which he doesn’t desire and he does not, in his falleness, desire God nor, indeed, can he. Unsaved man cannot, in and of himself, will to come to God. So then, his will is not free but bound in sin. Man is bound by the “law of sin and death” or he would not need a Redeemer to set Him “free from the law of sin and death.” If fallen man had a freewill, he would not be called a captive and a slave to sin. Therefore, man “is” free to choose, rendering him responsible, but only within the context of his sinful nature. Because of the fall, man can sin less or more, but he cannot cease sinning. Thus, he cannot choose Christ apart from a previous work of grace.

Let me illustrate. When I am in my prison cell, I can do whatever I choose, good or bad. I have a freewill and I am responsible for my choices, but I cannot get out of my cell by my choices. My will is therefore free, in the sense that I am responsible for my choices and will be judged by God for them. Yet, at the same time, my will is subservient to the higher will of the State of NJ. I simply can’t get out of my cell unless I am let out! It is written, “Salvation is of the Lord.”

God’s will alone is totally free. In a lesser sense, Satan’s will is free, and he is responsible for his actions. Yet, bound by his nature, he is only capable of sinning; his will only operates subserviently to God’s will. Man’s will is also free, in that he is also responsible for his actions. Yet, his will is also subservient to God’s will. Man’s will is also free, in that he is also responsible for his actions. Yet, his will is also subservient to the will of Satan, and by the “law of sin and death” man has been taken captive by him. Man cannot free himself nor does he even realize he is bound as a captive.

The myth of fallen man’s freewill to choose God is the golden calf of works that the pride of God’s people has set up while Christ yet tarries on the mountain. Our lack of seeking the mind of God through His Word alone, and not of our own understanding, has resulted in the exaltation of this golden calf called freewill. Its teaching undermines the Truth and depth of God’s grace and seeks to give man that which God has not given him.

We do not freely believe that we may be born again, we are born again by grace, that we may then, freely believe. The grand mystery of Providence is that God brings His will to pass by and through the real choices of moral agents. God’s actions are not compelled by external forces nor does He compel humans to do His will. God brings His will to pass through the means and agency of His creatures and their uncompelled and non-coerced choices.

Paul, in Romans 1:16-3:19, brings forth God’s indictment on sin to all mankind. Proving by Old Testament text and irrefutable argument that no man, by the “deeds of the law,” meaning by our own works (freewill), will be justified in God’s sight. To be justified means we have perfect legal right standing with God, and we also have Jesus Christ’s perfect law-keeping imputed (credited) to our account. The cry of the reformation in the 16th century was, “The just shall live by faith.” It is written, “By Him [Jesus] all that believe are justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses, therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” It is written,

“Salvation is of the Lord.”

Joyfully in Jesus,
Love Phillip

"Remember Those In Prison, As if Chained to Them."