How Free is the Will pt 1
- Much of this was based off of Mitch Cervinka’s excellent article on free will found here.
- Do we have a free will? If so, how free is the will? What do the scriptures say about our will?
o As we looked at here, the scriptures clearly teach we are all sinners by nature.
§ We are not sinners because we sin, but sin because we are sinners.
· Because of our sinfulness we sin willingly and constantly by choice.
§ Until we are converted to Christ, we will always choose sin instead of righteousness.
o What about good works then? How about unbelievers who feed & provide for the poor? Who do many beneficial things for those less fortunate?
§ Romans - …whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
§ Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please him (God)…
§ Isaiah 64:6 – Righteous acts = filthy rags.
§ Romans 3:10,12 – There is none righteous, not even one. There is none good, not even one.
o Again, any so-called good works done by an unbeliever are done for reasons other than for the glory of God.
§ They are not done to magnify God’s Name and exalt Jesus Christ.
· There is none good, not even one.
o Until we realize that our character, our nature, the essence of our being is utterly sinful, then we will never see ourselves as God sees us, nor will we fully appreciate the depth of our sin and our desperate need for Christ.
- What about the will?
o It is not autonomous, being independent of all other things.
§ Our choices are always based on rational and emotional considerations.
o For example, given a choice of a beefy burger or a salad, we might choose one or the other or both for various reasons.
§ We consider our health, our desire for juicy burgers, our financial situation, or even our dislike for either one.
o We do not make random choices, but our choices are based on values or priorities at any given time.
§ An evil or sinful value system pits our desires, goals, etc, over against God’s.
§ A godly value system is based ultimately on the love for God and desire to glorify Him.
· Our will or choices are a reflection of the heart
o An evil heart will reflect self-centered sinful choices.
o A godly heart will display choices that honor God.