I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura
God's Will or Man's Will.
What is Free Will?
Per the dictionary:
"The power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion. Synonyms: volition, independence, self-determination, self-sufficiency, autonomy, spontaneity."
I find it very interesting that the above definition and its synonyms aptly describe those who hold on to the dogma, that they are the captains of their own ship and the future lies solely in their own hands. They believe man has a power greater than God, in that God is not sovereign when it comes to salvation but is determined by man’s own will. It matters not that the Word teaches quite the opposite, re:
John 1:13 “Which were born, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of MAN but of God.” I am only just beginning!
It infringes upon their self-determination and their pride of ownership. One does not have to search far and wide to find the man-based belief system of Selfism; it predominates the airways, social media, specific denominations and more than likely the majority of the mega-churches in America and abroad. The Gospel has been purloined by the health and wealth generation, the will of man personified, which I have come to learn is not just a Western church phenomenon but ever so popular world-wide.
When Man Chooses To Leave God Out of the Equation.
Why the Will of Man is an Eternally Losing Proposition.
1. Jesus our Lord and our sole example of life and conduct did the will of Father to perfection. He shunned self-will; it was anathema to Him.
John 8:42: "...I did not come of Myself but He (the Father) sent Me.
Philippians 2:5-8 "Let this mind be in you...made Himself of no reputation...took on the form of a servant...obedient unto death."
Matthew 20:28 : Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister,..."
1 Peter 2:21 "...leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps.
Matthew 8:22 "But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Can you think of one (1) passage of Scripture that encourages anyone to be obedient to the will of their flesh?
2. The carnal man, one in the flesh, cannot please God per Romans 8:8. For anyone to believe that a carnal man outside of the will of God could choose to believe unto salvation on his own accord, must deem the Word of God subject to ones own private interpretation; which is strictly forbidden by the same Word. 2 Peter 1:20 They would have to claim that they came their to decision by personally being a seeker of the Truth which also is not possible per the Word.
Romans 3:10-18 "As it is written: there are none righteous, no not one;...there is none that seekth after God...the way of peace they have not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes."
All roads eventually lead to God, which includes the Great White Throne judgment and many in that day will say - Lord, Lord to no avail.
3. It is impossible to thwart the will of God. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus and NO ONE comes to Jesus except the Father draw them. John 6:44 Nebuchadnezzar found this Truth out the hard way and made one of the greatest doctrinal statements concerning the character of God in the Old Testament.
Daniel 4:35: "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?"
God will do exactly what He wants, when, where and how He wants. Both man and angel are absolutely powerless to constrain Him and all mouths shall be sealed in His presence. There will not be a question and answer session when standing before a holy God.
To believe otherwise is to impugn the character of God and that seems to be a disease that now infests far too many who claim the name of Jesus. God knows those who are His and He will lead them to the Truth.
Bad Doctrine Leads to False Assumptions.
My God Is Sovereign, Period.
A litany of false assumptions will follow even a solitary bit of bad doctrine, such as the will of man being a requirement for salvation and the keeping of it. As follows:
- God loves everyone, even though the Word states that He hated Esau.
- You need to accept Jesus. Though this is not found anywhere in the Bible, the Truth is that Jesus must accept us as the Word states, “…we are accepted in the Beloved.” The only thing we can accept, with a dose of faith from the Holy Spirit, is the fact that we are a sinner, in desperate need of a Savior.
- Be careful or you will lose your salvation. Notice the emphasis is on “you” and “your”, not on Him. When saved, we are a gift to the Son from the Father and NO man (includes self) can pluck them out of His grasp. John 10:29
There are many of these dogmas which come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, but what they have in common is bad doctrine and bad grammar. Tragically, most adherents to these beliefs are sound-bite addicts and eschew the study of the Word to show themselves approved, rightly dividing the Truth.
I will leave this one last thought with you. When you or anyone takes credit for anything spiritually speaking, what you are declaring is that man is sovereign, and God is subservient. God is powerless to save if we do not cooperate. His Word is powerless, and He sits in the heavens wringing His hands wishing people would believe. This is a damnable heresy according to the following scripture for you are actually calling God a liar. Very, very dangerous ground upon which to stand.
Isaiah 55:11: “So shall My word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on January 24, 2019:
I'm not quite sure what you are trying to say - in my first response I mentioned that you said in your article, that all roads eventually lead to God and that is the broad way that most don't even know that is the road they're on.
Then it would seem you are agreeing with me about the strait gate in your first 3 sentences of your response.
The verses you speak of are from Luke 13: 24 - 27 and are true enough and verse 24 tells us we have to strive (agonise) to enter in, which means it isn't easy - not so with the ways of the world, where anything goes.
David, I believe you mean well (by some of your other articles I've read) and not meaning to be disrespectful at all but I do hope you will have a look at the strait gate article that I suggested and a couple of others as well - I think it will give you something to think about, you may be surprised.
Again David, my best regards,
David Campbell (author) from Winlock, Washington on January 24, 2019:
Jack, you are 100% correct. One gate, one way leads to the Savior. All other roads lead to the JUDGE who is God Almighty. Remember every knee shall bow before the Judge. All those man made religions that declare another way to Jesus will the He spoke of when He said "...many will say unto Me, Lord, Lord.....I NEVER knew you." All will eventually stand before God, praise our Lord, we will be standing with Him, NOT before Him in terror.
Jack, I write with the purpose of making people think and sometimes I can be a little cryptic and very un-manual about it.
In Christ alone, David
Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on January 24, 2019:
Just one more comment if I may - my first two responses are linked and I thought you would understand that.
Further to the strait gate - Did He not say enter ye in at the strait gate? Now if I'm not mistaken there is only ONE strait gate and it was Jesus who created it - nothing that is of man is the strait and narrow way. If we cannot agree that the strait gate is NOT found in any church, then you have to ask yourself why did He tell us about it and where is it???
He also said that the broad way leadeth to destruction.
So if you do agree that Jesus did in fact tell us that, how do you say 'all roads eventually lead to God' when there is only One way that leads to life. You cannot find it while you are still entrenched in the church system. Salvation and the strait gate are linked, you cannot have one without the other - Salvation is ONLY through the strait gate, there is No other way.
Why are there so many ways - this creates confusion, which one shall I go to and unbeknown to them, Satan is the author of confusion. I would like to suggest to you to have a look at an article of mine - Matthew 7: 13 - 14, the strait gate.
I mean no offense David and again my best regards,
David Campbell (author) from Winlock, Washington on January 23, 2019:
Sir Jack, 1st comment - I limit myself trying not to over achieve a point. 2nd comment - All roads do lead to God. The bad road goes through hell with a stopover at the White Throne and then the Lake of Fire. The good road is salvation. 3rd comment - losing one's salvation is a false assumption since it is obvious that the one never had it to begin with.
The negative is a serious tongue-in-cheek, I may use it more than I should.
Good day mate.
Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on January 23, 2019:
Just wondering, why didn't you mention the straight and narrow way in your 3rd paragraph?
Then further down you mention - 'All roads eventually lead to God,' - are you sure about that?
Then further down you mention - 'Be careful or you will lose your salvation.'
You cannot lose your salvation until it is given if it yet hasn't been given but you CAN lose your salvation after it is given if you don't continue or by rejecting the one who gave it to you. You are correct in saying that no man can pluck them out of His hand - that can never happen BUT, where you have (includes self), do you seriously believe that if you continue to sin after salvation that doesn't matter?
OSAS is very dangerous thinking.
Best regards David,