Does Man Have A Free Will?

December 23rd, 2007 | 2 Comments | Sermons Does Man Have A Free Will? |  Facebook

If God is truly sovereign over all things, how can man have free-will? Are we programed robots, ordained to choose whatever it is God has predestined us to choose? Do we have the freedom to do what we want to do? These are the sorts of questions that arise when we begin to talk about the sovereignty of God – especially in regards to our salvation.

Human free-will is one of the more controversial subjects that has been debated throughout Church history, and it’s still being debated today. But is there a simple explanation as to how the sovereignty of God can exist along with human free-will? This sermon, by R.C. Sproul, will help to remove a lot of assumptions we have when it comes to the sovereignty of God and human freedom of choice.

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2 Responses to “Does Man Have A Free Will?”

  1. Pete Hodsdon says:

    The way I heard it explained was pretty helpful,
    So often we try to categorize our relationship with God into the same models as our human relationships. This is simply not the way it should be done. No relationship is exactly like our relationship with God. The bible teaches both the human response to God’s calling, and the divine predestination found in God’s complete sovereignty. These do not work in tandem when talking about human relationships, and so we struggle to understand how they can when it comes to our relationship with God. I think of either ordering my little brother to hand me the remote control, asking him nicely, or forcing him to do it. None of these accurately enough describe how God works in us, because He is unique.

    And for those who think “God isn’t in control of my decisions”, need to ask, can God be “too sovereign”? He is either sovereign (entailing control over ALL things, including us) as the bible describes, or he is not. You cannot be “partially sovereign”!

  2. Our love for God, after being set free from the bondage of sin, is no more unwillingly forced upon us than our natural love is for our parents. We do not love our parents because we ought to love them, nor because they do certain things to earn our love. We love them for the simple fact that they are our parents. Sure, some can learn to hate their parents, but it is not our natural instinct to do so. In the same way, we love God freely and willfully because He is our God, and so, naturally, worthy to be loved much more than our parents.


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