Dear brother, grace & peace to you 🙂
While I am not a Biblical scholar, there are beliefs that I hold, most likely from the Reformed point of view, though that is based on Scripture, as far as I know, but there is something that really irks me when some people try to tell me otherwise. It is the topic of “free will”.
Based on Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live but it’s Christ who lives in me, and the life that I now live, I live by the faith of Christ”. Based on my understanding of Scripture, here is what I believe – that I do not have “free will” based on what some people think. My will has been surrendered to the will of Jesus Christ. I am not a robot, neither a person who is not free, but my alleged “free will” is bound to act within the parameters of the new nature in Christ which will enable me to yield to holiness (not that I am so holy, as I am not perfect, but yet that means “set apart to serve God.) I believe that “free will” is an attribute of God since God is the only one who has a free will – as He is not bound by anything or anyone and does not need permission for anything. Then some say “but it’s your choice.” No I disagree, our choice is that of what God chooses for us. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. “Psalm 37:23. We pray to God “not my will but thine be done” Also when we call Jesus Lord we are calling Him our Master, and we again do not have “free will”. We also do not have “choices” . We do what God in His sovereignty instructs or allows or decrees us to do and then again, it is still not our will but God’s. I do not believe we have “choices” because we do the Father’s will.. not our will. We have put off the “old” will to do the Father’s will. And even to deny ourselves & take up the cross and follow Jesus. If you deny your will, and yield yourself to Christ, then that is NOT “free will”.
So, brother, do people say this because they are coming from an Arminian or Catholic point of view? I refuse to agree with them. I refuse to be told what my attitude and experience is with the Lord, based on Scriptures. Based on what you have learned from the Bible, can you talk about the issue of alleged “free will” please?
The other issue I have with “free will” folks is that this places YOUR will over God’s will. That is still trying to have control over your own life, and we are to have no rights as we are dead in Christ, raised to newness of life. Further, when we were sinning before Christ, we following our own will, we did what we wanted, because we sinned. Now in order to become regenerated into a new creation, God had to take our “will” and change it, from a hater of God to one who loves to serve God. So again, that shows that we have no free will because if we did, we would not serve God but our flesh instead.
Yet, we have freedom in Christ. Everyday, we have choices put before us, to brush our teeth, to choose food to eat, but even then, those are all God’s sovereignty at work. Aren’t we supposed to do whatever we do to the glory of God? That seems to negate “free will”.. To me, when you say you have free will, that means you are the lord of your life, and anyway, when we are in Christ, we have no free will – we only have the will of God.
Anyway, it is frustrating to try to explain this, and yet people still want to throw in that “choices” and “fee will” thing. I suppose after a point of repeating myself 5 times, it is time to let them believe what they want. Or maybe I’m being a kind of Pharasee about it. But I won’t give in to the free will thinkers!
By Mary T
This was originally posted by Mary T as a question in the Questions section of this blog. As in this post Mary T has detailed her meditations about free will, so it was decided to have this posted on the blog and to leave it for readers to add their comments. Let’s sit at the Lord’s feet and study together in the light of God’s Word what Mary T says in this post.