Have you ever wondered what originated the rise and fall of every false religion in the world? The answer may surprise you, because it’s the single most common pitfall of the masses. It’s the “freewill” doctrine of man, which puts man in charge of his own salvation and when it’s taken to its logical conclusion; it ALWAYS shipwrecks faith in God’s word. Because if man’s will was absolutely free, the Bible message would be altered, for it would mean that God chose to have it written down by men that could have supposedly resisted His will.
But this is impossible, “For who hath resisted His will?” “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (Rom.9:19, 2Pet.1:21). God’s in control NOT man, for He “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph.1:11). “Of His own will, begat He us with the word of truth” (Ja.1:18), which reveals the truth about creation, Christ’s Deity, His virgin birth, perfect life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension to save us from sin. And “Scripture cannot be broken” (Jn.10:35).
Yet, the freewill doctrine leads to believing it was altered because it was penned by flesh, which then leads to doubting Jesus Christ who came in the flesh (Jn.12:48). But Jesus said, ““It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (Jn. 6:63). “The Word was God”….”And the Word was made flesh” (Jn.1:1, 14). All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2Tim.3:16). “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Mt.24:35).
The freewill doctrine teaches that “God gives us a will that can reject Him, because He wants us to love Him willingly and freely.” But saints in heaven aren’t given a will that can reject Him and yet…. they TOTALLY love Him willingly and freely!! For its ONLY by being born again by the Holy Spirit, thru the merits of Christ, that we can truly love Him, NOT by an unregenerate will that loves sin (e.g. Rom.5:5).
The Garden of Eden scenario is also used to try to prove that God allowed sin to be offered so we’d have freewill and not be robots. But that’s like saying we’ll be robots in heaven, for God doesn’t allow sin there! Besides, mankind already had freedom of choice before sin was offered by the devil and they were NOT robots. First of all, the fear of being a robot for God is nothing more than complete rebellion, which shows that if left to our own fallen “free” will, we’d rather be a robot for the devil. Besides, “freewill” to choose sin is NOT true freedom at all, or else God wouldn’t be free, for He’s Holy and cannot choose to sin.
Ironically, the Garden scenario actually proves the freewill doctrine is a complete sham. In the sequence of events leading up to the Fall of mankind, three faculties of Eve’s soul were involved when she chose to eat forbidden fruit; her mind, heart and will….. IN THAT ORDER (Gen.3:1-6). The act of her will was preceded by the thoughts of her mind and the desires of her heart, proving that our will doesn’t determine our choices. The act of our will is preceded and determined by other factors, which are now tainted with sin. So our will no longer has the ability to choose God, unless the cleansing regeneration of the Holy Spirit brings our mind, heart and will into harmony with God’s will thru the merits of Jesus’ blood (Titus 3:5).
So remember friend, we can’t faithfully love God unless He intervenes in our lives with an irresistible love that breaks every barrier—-even the barrier of a fallen will that’s a slave to sin (Rom.6:20; 8:35-39). And once we’re saved we can’t brag that He saved us because we loved Him, for its “not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” We can only “love Him, because He first loved us” (1Jn.4:10, 19). “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil.2:13). So pray for His mercy today.
Lee Anne @ email@example.com
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This is an awesome article. How very, very true. Thank you Lee Anne.
Thanks for the encouragement Jane. Jesus said it’s the truth that sets us free and we need to thank Him always for showing us that He’s in control because He’s God.
I’m troubled by your comparison of the saints in heaven (obviously those who have already died and are no longer living in the fallen flesh or this fallen world). How can you possibly compare the two?…” But saints in heaven aren’t given a will that can reject Him and yet…. they TOTALLY love Him willingly and freely!!”
My comment and concern is this; Eve was still in, for lack of a better phrase, what could be called, an un-fallen state even after she ate of the fruit. It wasn’t until Adam ate that “their eyes were opened”. Hence the “fall” of mankind. So springing off of your scenario of Eve’s three faculties of mind, heart and will where does Adam’s “choice” come in? Just curious as to how that plays out or would it be because they are literally one flesh so Adam didn’t have a choice ? Then his argument to God was valid, in that he had no choice i.e. will. “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
He seems to just eat it with no qualms or concerns whatsoever and since there is no type of conversation between Adam and Eve in the scriptures. Where is Adams mind, heart and will? Speculation or assumption is all anyone has and that never leads to a clear conclusion. EXCEPT. in 1 Timothy 2:14 where it states clearly ” And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
Adam wasn’t deceived, so his mind and heart apparently didn’t come into play, just his will???? The other scary understanding of this scripture is that if Adam wasn’t deceived, he freely and WILLINGLY disobeyed or as stated earlier, the one flesh scenario and Adam is just along for the ride? You simply can’t use Eve as a shining example and leave Adam out of the equation. After all the entire earth was curse due to Adams part in this. All Eve got was pain in childbearing and a desire towards her husband.
Also what of verses 22-24 “22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, LEST he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
They were literally thrown out of the garden so they wouldn’t eat of the tree of life. Or is that God showing His absolute control over man……even though man would most likely eat of the tree of life????
If we say that because they are one flesh Adam had no choice but to eat, well that plays into the many who place the entire fall at the feet of Eve, right??
The whole point of this article is to show how unbiblical the freewill doctrine of man is, but it seems you’ve missed this point and have attempted to try to use a “rabbit trail” to divert the attention from the fact that God is sovereign and in complete control, not man.
Man does not determine God’s will, but it seems you are rebelling against this truth and cannot just receive His truth with a child-like faith. I’m sorry you seem to be struggling with submitting to His sovereignty, but I have faith that God can humble you and bring you to the truth if He so wills. If not, you will go on in your rebellion and continue hating those who stand for God’s truth.
“Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth”? (Gal.4:16).