Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, June 24, 2016

The results of free will

Perhaps the most glaring result of thinking that a man's "free will" is an integral part, even the deciding factor in his supposed "salvation" is that he has been duped. Despite all the claims by the proponents of this notion, there has yet to be put forth one verse of Scripture that clearly states that a man's "free will" even exists, especially in regard to his salvation. Yet these proponents are undaunted in their fierce defense of this indefensible and errant claim they make for themselves. With hundreds of verses testifying the precise opposite of this fantasy doctrine, some in principle, some in specificity, the charge against the truth continues unabated. It is impossible for the "free-willers" to even consider the fact that they 'may' be wrong, for to do so would mean that they must lay down their most cherished idol: themselves. It would mean that they would have to take up their own cross, die to themselves, and give all the credit for the salvation they claim to possess to God. They just can't bring themselves (free-will or not) to do this. They do claim, however, to be the one that initiated the whole sequence of events that lead to their supposed salvation; they claim an innate desire for God and therefore sought Him before He sought them (Rom.3:11). They grant to themselves some sort of "sleeping faith" that lies dormant within until they activate it. They will not consider the Scriptures that teach that real faith is a gift from God (Eph.2:8 & 9). Usually, the word "repentance" never falls from their mouth but if it does it, too, is ascribed to that innate "sleeping" ability they possess (because they are a "free-will" human) awaiting activation from within. In doing so they cheat themselves ---again---out of the truth that repentance is a gift from God also (Acts 11:18).

The very idea that a man's "free-will" enters into the subject of his "salvation" is the same thing as saying that a man can negotiate with God the terms of his "surrender" which in reality is no surrender (to God) at all, rather another attempt at raising himself above his Creator. If a man's "free will" has anything to do with "salvation" that means that he has subordinated God to himself. The effect of which means that such a man has removed God from His throne and taken His place for himself. Does that sound familiar?

For those who insist that their "free will" is the initiator, the negotiator, and the final arbiter in a man's eternal fate, how can you sit there in your complacency, your apathy, your hypocrisy and not spend every waking moment trying to persuade people to "accept Jesus" so as to escape hell? How can you sleep knowing that men are dying and going to hell? How can you claim to be "saved" with such an attitude? How unloving of you!! The answer is simple: you have made yourself god, and now it is you who does the choosing as to whom you tell the "truth" and whom you will ignore.

In short, some of the results of this teaching are:
1. God is no longer on His throne; man has replaced Him.
2. Christ's sacrifice did not accomplish it's intent, since this false doctrine teaches that Christ died for the whole human race (Scripture teaches a specific sacrifice, only for the elect).
3. The Holy Spirit becomes inept in this false doctrine, unable to bring to repentance and faith those chosen by the Father---because the "chooser" is now man.
4. Hundreds of Scriptures are rendered meaningless or worse, they speak lies according to this false doctrine.
5. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all must be seen as liars for this false doctrine of the "free-will" of man to be so. Very dangerous ground, especially when it comes to blaspheming the Holy Spirit by calling Him a "liar" since it was He who wrote the Scripture via men in the first place.
6. Idol worship. the idol being the man who believes and teaches this lie.
7. The Triune God receives no glory for the saving of a soul. He will share His glory with no one, especially not a pride filled man who claims that it was his "free-will" that garnered for him his "salvation."

There is a harsh, just, and eternal consequence for the believing/teaching of this false doctrine which is a lie: the Lake of Fire (Rev. 21:8). Aside from the gifting of repentance and faith as administered by the Holy Spirit, none will escape this fate. No where in Scripture is there a teaching, in general principle or specifically that allows for a believer to be left believing and teaching a lie without the intervention of the Holy Spirit; He does not allow the false and the true to peacefully coexist. There is no such thing as "tension" in the Scriptures pertaining to doctrine (truth); the Scriptures are not confused, man is, by his own hard hearted pride. To even hint that the Holy Spirit allows and therefore "authors" this tension (finding common ground with a lie) is blasphemous.

It is recognized that this false doctrine has been and still is taught in nearly every "church" worldwide. This does not make it sound doctrine because so many believe and teach it. There are many believers that struggle with this man-made conflict (the Scriptures are not conflicted) as it takes time for the Holy Spirit to "unlearn" what a new believer has heard all too often. He is your Teacher, and He is perfect in His methods, words, leadings, etc. to bring a believer to the truth. It may take quite some time for some, but He will not leave a believer in a pit of lies, He will rescue them, just the same as the day they were saved.

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