To my Calvinists Friends and Foes, Dan Mayfield Paul talks about “freedom in Christ”. There can be no freedom without free will. And indeed, In the Galatians 5 chapter we see the Christians exercising the free will in turning back to the circumcision and things of the Law. Paul says they are free in Christ, but they are not free to hate their brothers and they are not free to does the deeds of the flesh. The wrong choice means being separated from Christ and falling from grace; but that’s the reality and consequence of choosing wrong. With no free will, as Calvinism teaches, there is no freedom and any suggestion to the contrary is meaningless blather disguised as spiritual talk.
“7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Gal. 6:7-9
With no free will there is no personal accountability. How can there be accountability if a person has no say in why he’s depraved and no say in his eternal destiny? Does the Bible say we are all going to give an account for the things we have done in the flesh? Yes, it does.1 The judgment of God upon each individual suggests that each person is directly responsible for his spiritual condition.
1. Personal responsibility: 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:12; Rom. 6:23; Gal. 6:8; Jas. 4:17.
Can we not place the error of original sin and this lie of no choice, no free will in the same handbasket from Satan’s minions? “If we can convince the people they are lost and depraved from birth we control them when their will is subverted to our choices.” said the lamb that speaks with the dragon’s voice.
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