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23/10/2007 / Test All Things

Does Man Have Free Will To Accept Or Reject Christ?

The problem with the term “free will” is that Bible teachers and Theologians use this term (or idea) to teach a doctrine that includes an action on our part (using our free will) to seal or complete the action of Salvation. We either accept or decline the offer of Salvation made to us from God.

This kind of thinking begun with wrong Bibical ideas regarding on how to be Saved. It starts out with the premise that Christ went to the cross and made the payment for every sin commited by man in the history of mankind. People have created this doctrine by using a verse here or there in Scripture and then proceed to ignore what else the Bible teaches on this subject.

They then reach a conclusion that this is the method for Salvation. When we compare Scriptures that deal with how we can become Saved, we quickly see that this is false doctrine. But for those who teach “free will”, this is the foundation they use. If you do not accept this gift from God, if you do not reach out and take advantage of this offer of Salvation, then you have rejected Christ and will be sent to Hell. This man-made doctrine has no Bibical Truth in it!

What the Bible teaches about Salvation is this.


First, Christ had to pay for every sin of those He came to Save (past, present, or future) at the time of the cross. Jesus was found guilty for all of those sins and then paid the price which is the equivelent of spending an eternity in Hell. Notice that Christ did all of the work required.

Secondly, the Bible teaches that the person to be Saved is spiritually dead. They will NEVER reach out to God.

Romans 3:11 tells us “There are none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”

The book of Ezekiel chapter 37, tells us we are just a valley of dry bones with no water of the Gospel whatsoever. To teach that all of us have a “free will” to choose or decline God’s offer for Salvation because all of mankind’s sins have been already paid for is deceptive, a lie, and will lead many to the Judgment Throne of God on the last day.

This was never the way to become Saved. How terrible for those who think they are Saved only to find out differently.

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  1. Jay / Aug 13 2020 1:15 pm

    “The problem with the term “free will” is that Bible teachers and Theologians use this term (or idea) to teach a doctrine that includes an action on our part (using our free will) to seal or complete the action of Salvation. We either accept or decline the offer of Salvation made to us from God.

    This kind of thinking begun with wrong Bibical ideas regarding on how to be Saved.”

    Actually it begins with scripture. If one doesn’t compare scripture to scripture and allow scripture to interpret scripture we will not understand the true perspective of God’s thoughts on a matter.

    “It starts out with the premise that Christ went to the cross and made the payment for every sin commited by man in the history of mankind. People have created this doctrine by using a verse here or there in Scripture and then proceed to ignore what else the Bible teaches on this subject.”

    Using a verse here or there must not be isolated by cherry picking a select few, but fully exegeted with all scriptures that relates. When all is said and done, it is still revealed in plain language and contextual clarity that every individual is responsible to receive Christ by faith. To deny this is actually ignoring what is plain and explicit.

    Christ going to the cross and fully paying the penalty for all the sins of all men does not preclude the necessity of their choosing to receive Him to be saved.



    “They then reach a conclusion that this is the method for Salvation. When we compare Scriptures that deal with how we can become Saved, we quickly see that this is false doctrine.”

    Really? What scriptures are you referring to? Is it really an issue of comparing or is it an issue of reinterpretation?

    “But for those who teach “free will”, this is the foundation they use.”

    If the foundation is laid down biblically, then it becomes a major foundation.

    “If you do not accept this gift from God, if you do not reach out and take advantage of this offer of Salvation, then you have rejected Christ and will be sent to Hell. This man-made doctrine has no Bibical Truth in it! “

    Your conclusion is what is actually frightening. You remove human responsibility as a crucial element of necessity when it’s made crystal clear in the scriptures that no man will be with excuse who ends up in hell. If their choice is not taken into account, then what is?



    “What the Bible teaches about Salvation is this.

    First, Christ had to pay for every sin of those He came to Save (past, present, or future) at the time of the cross. Jesus was found guilty for all of those sins and then paid the price which is the equivelent of spending an eternity in Hell. Notice that Christ did all of the work required.”

    Yes, the finished work was entire in of itself to make man savable, fully satisfying the Father. But the new covenant also required faith in Him on the individuals part to receive the benefits of this work.

    “Secondly, the Bible teaches that the person to be Saved is spiritually dead. They will NEVER reach out to God. 

Romans 3:11 tells us “There are none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”

    Yet Jesus does say “seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened..”.obviously Romans 3 is speaking of the reality that man, on his own, by his own inclinations, will not seek after God. Yet the scriptures also states that God desires for none to perish and that His light is the light that lights the entire world. He seeks any and all by His Spirit, and Romans does speak of creation giving testimony of His existence. If man had no ability whatsoever, why does He bother to make him accountable due to natural evidence that gives testimony of His reality?

    He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). When the Bible says that Christ was the sacrifice for all sin, it does not mean that all sin was automatically forgiven. It simply means that the offering to secure forgiveness for the whole world has been made; whether that offering actually results in the forgiveness of any individual is another matter, because the offering must be accepted by faith. Our way back to God has been prepared by Christ; the question now is, we will avail ourselves of the opportunity?

    Christ died for all sin; that is, His sacrifice was completely sufficient to pay for the sins of the entire world. But forgiveness only comes to an individual when he or she repents and believes (see Mark 1:15). Until we accept (by faith) the provision of God in Christ, then we are still in our sins. Those who die in unbelief die in all their sin—they are unforgiven liars, murderers, adulterers, etc. (Revelation 21:8). Those who trust in Christ for their salvation do not die in sin; they die in Christ, with all sins forgiven. We are justified by faith (Romans 5:1); without faith, we are condemned (John 3:18). Forgiveness is received through faith in Christ and comes with the promise of an eternity in heaven; lack of faith keeps us unforgiven and consigned to an eternity in hell.

    

“The book of Ezekiel chapter 37, tells us we are just a valley of dry bones with no water of the Gospel whatsoever. To teach that all of us have a “free will” to choose or decline God’s offer for Salvation because all of mankind’s sins have been already paid for is deceptive, a lie, and will lead many to the Judgment Throne of God on the last day.”

    This last statement is not only unverifiable and illogical, it’s dangerous. The fact each of us has to choose to receive Him reveals that free will is involved. The only reason any man will end up at the judgment throne is because of unbelief. Each person has a choice. Each man will have to give an account before God.



    “This was never the way to become Saved. How terrible for those who think they are Saved only to find out differently.”

    How then does one get saved?
    By implication, are you saying we don’t have a choice? That we don’t do anything? Please make it clear….

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