This article demonstrates that no one truly believes in free will. It shows that if your will is truly free, it chooses without concern for any given object. The article concludes by showing that there is no gospel where there is free will.
What do most people mean when they say that they believe in free will? This article argues that although a person may have a will, that will has no power to effect anything that the person decides. The will is subject to your already existent moral condition, the condition of your heart. Read the article to consider this argument in detail.
Was Gottschalk, the ninth-century monk of Orbais, standing alone in his preaching of the sovereignty of God? This article indicates that it was not the case that in a time when Semi-Pelagianism dominated, he stood alone. Investigation of eighth and early ninth-century literature reveals an influence of Pelagian and Semi-Pelagian soteriology.
If free will refers to the freedom of the will to choose and act of itself, without coercion, then it is proper to ask: does man have a free will? This article looks at the two answers given by libertarianism and compatibilism to the question of the sovereignty of God and its relationship to human responsibility, which shapes how one understand free will.
Does man have a free will? This article argues that when you consider man's moral and spiritual condition, the claim of free will remains a myth.
What is at stake in the debate over free will and the sovereignty of God? Is it possible to take seriously human freedom and at the same time honour God’s absolute sovereignty over his creation? If God is the one who determines the course of events in the lives of men, how can man be responsible for his actions? Should Christians still pray if God in any way holds the future in his hands?
Romans 9:17-18 has been a key text throughout church history for debates concerning predestination, reprobation, and free will. How should we understand the hardening of Pharaoh's heart? Beale attempts to reflect on these issues through an exegesis of each hardening passage in Exodus 4 to Exodus 14. Only brief comment is made about Romans 9 at the conclusion of the discussion.
An unregenerate person does not possess free will. Only in Christ is the will is freed. It is in Christ that man can please God again.